The Australian brand Champion is one of the world’s most recognisable brands, with its iconic cycling gear.
The company said it would cease its business in Australia on Thursday following allegations of discriminatory treatment.CEO of Champion Australia, Chris Lomax, said in a statement that Champion had been subjected to a number of incidents in the past two years.
“We will continue to work with our employees to ensure that our business remains relevant and sustainable,” he said.
“This is a decision we have taken because we are confident that we have the right measures in place to protect our brand, our employees and our business, and that our Australian team is capable of protecting our brand and our employees from the actions of our competitors.”
Our company is committed to a zero-tolerance approach to discrimination.
“In a statement, Champion said the company would no longer sell its merchandise in Australia.
The statement said it had taken the decision “after a thorough review of the matter”.”
It said the Australian market was “one of the best places for us to do business”.”
We will work with the Australian Government to provide the support necessary to protect and support our employees, our brand reputation and the business we have created.”
It said the Australian market was “one of the best places for us to do business”.
Mr Lomacks’ statement said Champion was committed to ensuring its Australian staff were safe, healthy and protected from the company’s products.
“The actions of Champion’s employees have been a source of distress and anxiety to many of our employees over the past 12 months,” he added.
“They have faced retaliation, sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination and harassment, and we are working with the authorities to identify and prosecute the individuals responsible for this.”
In light of these allegations, we have decided to withdraw our brand from the Australian marketplace and our stores.
“Mr Lomoax’s statement said the “tension between Australian workers and their bosses has grown to a point where we no longer feel comfortable in working with them”.”
As a result, we will be closing our Australian stores and ceasing all activities in the company, with no further announcements expected for the remainder of the year,” he wrote.
Mr Loms said Champion’s actions had caused “a real loss of trust in our company”.”
This has resulted in the loss of the trust that we all have in the Champion brand,” he continued.”
Champion is a great brand with a lot of loyal customers, but we believe the Australian community has lost trust in them.
We are determined to do everything we can to rebuild that trust.
“Mr Lane said he was disappointed by the news.”
It’s very disappointing to see Champion in a position where they’re having to take these kinds of actions,” he told the ABC.”
That’s why we’re working with authorities to take them down.
“It’s a very difficult time for all of us in Australia.”
Mr Champion was founded in 2003 and has a strong Australian presence.