Six months later, companies had to disclose 25% of production information. Within 18 months, all registered companies were required to disclose all aspects of their production. Monitoring took the form of unannounced on-site visits to verify the absence of children and to verify the production information provided by the company. When children were found in the workplace, the manufacturer was informed that they were in breach of the agreement and that corrective action was needed. If observers find that no corrective action has been taken within a specified time frame, their membership would be withdrawn from the program and the World Sports Goods Industry Federation would notify brands and retailers of this infringement. Footballs made in child-free work environments receive an identification number inside each ball to identify the factory where it was made. The participation of the Industry Council of America (SICA) would also help solve this problem. The Council donated $100,000 in the 24 months following the agreement. This money is intended to set up a social protection programme for workers. This would help to maintain improved conditions among workers of all children. The company now produces 35 million footballs a year. The main positive outcome of the agreement was the significant reduction in child labour.
However, some families feel worse now because they do not receive income from their children and often one of their parents has to stay at home and take care of the children because they still do not receive an education. As a result, working conditions have improved considerably with the establishment of centralized facilities due to health and safety control. Rising book wages have also helped to improve living standards. Adidas was one of the big brands that agreed to buy only footballs from manufacturers who stood out with the agreement. Although World Cup balls are no longer manufactured in Pakistan, Adidas buys a few hand-stitched balls from Sialkot. 5 other brands are participating in the agreement. The main positive outcome of the agreement was the great reduction in child labour. However, some families feel worse now because they do not receive income from their children and often one of their parents has to stay at home and take care of the children because they still do not receive an education.
As a result, workplace conditions have improved significantly due to centralized facilities, as health and safety have been monitored. Rising book wages have also helped raise living standards. The amount paid by each employee was also increased. Stitchers received 47 rupees (0.65 euros) per football; 57% (out of 27 rupees). This would mean an increase in costs for all fair play football games purchased in the West, which I hope not to discourage. Rising prices were another plan to have organizations and individuals making money around the world. Part of the agreement expressed a desire to change attitudes towards football production – in Pakistan and among Westerners. The increase in the “fair play” workforce would move families close to the cost of working and raising children.
The agreement aimed to improve working conditions and pay for families living in Sialkot. This would be achieved by helping to ensure that children (children defined as a person under the age of 15) are not forced, or at least not forced, to miss school to make footballs. At best, it was hoped that the agreement would ensure that adults could earn enough money to support their families without their children having to work.