The German sportswear and footwear chain Puma is to write off up to €115m (£103m) after it unearthed what it believes to be "systematic" fraud at its joint venture in Greece.
Puma is owned by French luxury goods and retail giant PPR (Pinault-Printemps-Redoute), which also owns Gucci.




Even though its brass monkey weather in the UK, our designers are already dreaming of next summer and playing on the beach.
Here is our new black ball & graffiti ball graphic inspired swimsuits for summer 2011.

Please let us know which eco swimsuit by Golf Refugees you'd like to wear.




Stitched onto all of Golf Refugees climate neutral organic golf polo shirts and t-shirts.



Should transgender women golfers be allowed to play on the LPGA Tour?

With golf becoming an Olympic sport in 2016, The International Olympic Committee allows transgender athletes to compete if they have had sex-change surgery and two years of hormone-replacement therapy.

The LPGA currently has a rule stating that all members have to be "female at birth".




For shoppers, the black footprint logo shows that brands are working behind the scenes with the Carbon Trust to identify and reduce carbon emissions that cause global warming.
In some cases, the labels also display the amount of CO2 generated by each product, giving consumers a greater insight into how much unseen pollution is caused by their purchases – sometimes with surprising results. The amount of CO2 emitted generally weighs more than the product.

However, some products may not be included, possibly because shoppers would be put off by how much pollution they generate. Meat has "astronomical" emissions. A study by Japan's National Institute of Livestock and Grassland Science that 1kg of beef released the equivalent of 36kg of CO2.

Consumers can, however, slash the impact of their purchases by using the same products differently – washing clothes at 30C rather than 40C saves 160 grams of CO2.

Euan Murray, the Carbon Trust's head of foot printing, said he did not know if all products would eventually be carbon labelled, but added: "We are increasingly seeing people recognise that things have a carbon footprint, and they want to do something about it."

Golf Refugees carbon neutral apparel reduces CO2 emissions by 90% compared with other popular sport apparel brands. Golf Refugees large size t-shirt saves 7kg CO2, where a large size golf polo shirt saves 15kg CO2.

The 90% reduction has been achieved by a combination of low-impact organic farming, efficiency in manufacturing and the use of renewable energy instead of the fossil fuel based grid electricity.




Golf Refugees have suggested to Nike that this should be Tiger Wood's next TV commercial;
featuring 'Tiger Feet' by Mud.



Proposed new logo for 2011. Like it / Hate it? 



Unusual warm October weather in the UK, plus 20 degrees, hence grabbed a quick nine holes at my local course; Wavendon Golf Club MK.

Played behind three Japanese women, all had great swings and attire. Though not the speediest of players, had to wait on most tees, but I didn’t really mind. They made a real effort to skip off each green.

Whilst walking down the 4 th fairway, ok I was heading for the rough, I stepped onto a bright pink crystal ball. Not sure what came over me, but a few minutes later I found myself running towards the green, as I got closer, I could see the happy faces change into a look of terror.

After a long winded explanation I realised they didn’t speak a word of English.

There’s no fool like an old fool.


This is the 10th anniversary of the Dunhill Links Championship, played on three of the world's most revered courses; St Andrews, Kingsbarns and Carnoustie.
For millionaire chief executives of blue chip companies, Hollywood icons, rock stars and more than a few sporting legends – it is a chance to play, and drink, with the European tour's finest professionals and recent Ryder Cup heroes.

As one regular, Hugh Grant, puts it, "the experience is a cocktail of one third terror, one third excitement and one third lager".

"There are so many actors and rock musicians that have indulged in every kind of narcotic and alcohol," he said. "And when they get sober, they seem to end up on a golf course. Willie Nelson took me out for a game and once I'd hit one good ball, I was addicted. And it's a great addiction to have."



Climate Change video may contain images that some viewers will find offensive


Should this young women and thousands like her be paid a ‘living wage’ for making our favourite branded sportwear?
Could Nike, Puma and Adidas do more to end the labour abuses that stain their reputations?

These firms can talk all they like about setting standards and factory inspections but they aren't paying a ‘living wage’. If they did and threatened not to put new work into places that ban trade unions, they could market their products as ‘no sweat goods’.

Would you as a consumer be prepard to pay an extra 30p on a pair of trainers to provide a living wage for sweatshop workers?



Blood, sweat and tears: the truth about how your sportswear is made.

Factories used by biggest brands; Nike, Puma and Adidas, abuse staff, employ children and pay pitiful wages – while stars earn a fortune by Martin Hickman

A decade after some shoppers boycotted Nike over the issue, the leading players in the £134bn-a-year global sportswear industry seek to protect their reputations against allegations they profit from sweated labour by inspecting factories and blacklisting the worst. However their own reports show they have had only partial success in cleaning up the industry, and that they continue to outsource production to countries where trade unions are banned or restricted.

Instead of the "living wage" sought by campaigners, they pay the legal minimum wage, which can be half the amount deemed necessary by unions and academics to meet the cost of food, shelter, healthcare and education for a small family. When challenged none of the firms denied that some of their supplier factories were "sweatshops".

Nike's corporate responsibility report for 2007/09 paints the most vivid picture of conditions for the million of mostly Asian workers stitching and glueing sports shoes and apparel. It shows occasional or routine abuse by 35 per cent of Nike's suppliers – affecting up to 280,000 workers.

Of 479 factories checked last year, on average 168 failed to meet Nike's standards, meaning they had "serious system failures" or a "general disregard" for codes of conduct. One in five failed to provide contracts, honour collective bargaining, occasionally used children or worked staff seven days a week without a break.
One in 20 flouted wage laws, used bonded, indentured, prison or child labour, abused staff, or carried out mandatory pregnancy tests.

Of 362 factories that supply Puma, one in five – 75 – failed audits two years ago. About half of those flouted rules on hours and pay, and most endangered workers' health. Three-quarters failed to follow rules on the handling of chemicals. Puma says it is committed to trade union-rights, but it outsources to China and Vietnam, which restrict those rights. In its Team Talk report, Puma admitted: "Considering these limitations, the social standard on freedom of association and collective bargaining is admittedly difficult to enforce at many of our supplier factories."

Adidas gives little information about life inside its factories. Last year it ranked 60 per cent of 1,200 suppliers in the bottom three "compliance" ratings, but since it declines to explain the criteria, it is unclear how many failed audits. Last year the German firm warned 38 suppliers that they were so bad they could lose contracts.

Conditions may be worse than publicly stated because factories falsify wage and time records to pass audits. Puma acknowledged "many factories" covered up excessive working hours with two sets of time records – one genuine and one for inspections. The firm said: "It is common knowledge in our industry that software programs have been developed specifically for this purpose, with workers being coached on how to answer questions."

Campaigners say that despite their willingness to document abuses, sportswear firms could do more to tackle long hours and low pay. In a report for the 2008 Olympics, it noted that substantial violations of workers' rights were "still the norm" and there was a "tendency to consolidate production" in states that restricted trade unions.

"Nike, Puma and Adidas haven't acknowledged there is something called a living wage, never mind working towards it."