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Clean Clothes Campaign report grants negative grade to Under Armour

A recent report by Clean Clothes Campaign named Under Armour Inc. among 19 clothing brands that received a failing grade for being unable pay a living wage to its workers in countries outside of the U.S.

The Clean Clothes Campaign, an alliance of labor unions and non-governmental organisations advocating for human rights, surveyed 20 companies about the wages they are paying. Other brands besides Baltimore-based Under Armour to get a failing grade include competitors Adidas, Nike Inc. and Puma. The only company surveyed that did not get a failing grade was Italian luxury brand Gucci, which got a "C."

Companies have steadily been coming under greater scrutiny from organisations and lawmakers across the globe about the working conditions and wages for contract manufacturing workers in Asia, Africa, Central America and Eastern Europe. The Clean Clothes Campaign's report follows up on a prior survey completed five years ago.

According to the report, though a majority of the brands expressed a commitment to ensure that they are providing a living wage, none were able to show any progress compared to five years ago

The report also looked at whether companies are tracking wage data. Under Armour said it is using a wage collection data tool from the Fair Labor Association. The company plans to compare data from its suppliers against wage ladders from the FLA.