Decathlon welcomes resolution of labelling issue as it pays ACCC fine of $1.5 million

International sporting brand Decathlon has welcomed the resolution of its labelling issue with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

The Federal Court of Australia this week handed down a fine of $1.5 million.  Decathlon implemented additional Australian market focused labelling compliance and quality assurance systems across the business in 2018.

“We are grateful to the ACCC and the Federal Court of Australia for their assistance in resolving the labelling issue,” Decathlon Australia CEO, Olivier Robinet said.

“The ACCC plays an important role in working with businesses to keep the Australian community safe and informed and we value and respect their work.

“With this matter behind us we are continuing to focus on our growth and expansion across Australia including the opening of our new store in South Morang Victoria, which will swing open its doors in a few months just in time for Christmas and create 50 new jobs for sports passionate people.

“As a brand and one of the world’s largest sporting goods designers and retailers, we are proud of our heritage and our commitment to helping and supporting people to be active and participate in sport and recreation in a safe, fun and affordable way.  Through our low-cost approach, we make sport accessible for many.  

“We have been researching, developing and testing high quality sporting products for over 45 years and our engineers and designers are among the best in the world.  We operate in over 57 countries and we work hard to deliver products and labelling for each and every product that meets the requirements of each jurisdiction.

“We were disappointed to find that among our many hundreds of products sold here in Australia that labelling for two of these product types, basketball rings and backboards and portable swimming pools, contained labelling in accordance with European and Singapore standards.

“These products now carry labels in accordance with Australian requirements, as do all of our products.

“As soon as we were made aware of the European labelling in 2018, we withdrew the products from sale and updated the labels for the Australian market.

“Our basketball rings and backboards and portable swimming pools are sold all over the world as well as here in Australia and they are some of our most popular and much loved products, especially now with so many people in lockdown at home.  No one has ever been injured or had any product quality issues with these items.  Quality and safety are at the heart of everything we do.”

“As always, safety is a key focus for us here at Decathlon. With the ongoing impact of COVID, our aim is to ensure that our stores offer the safest and most hygienic shopping environments possible, and our valued customers are also able to access our products online, to help keep them active and healthy during this difficult time and via several click and collect locations for free,” Robinet added. 

Decathlon is one of the world’s largest sporting goods designers and retailers.  It boasts over 1600 stores across the globe in 57 plus countries and employs more than 80,000 staff worldwide. Decathlon Australia was launched in Sydney in 2017.