FLA Participating Companies and Participating Suppliers commit to promoting and complying with international labor standards throughout their supply chains. When Participating Companies and Participating Suppliers sign on, they agree to a two- or three-year implementation schedule, during which they work toward bringing their supply chains into substantial compliance with the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct. At the end of the implementation period, FLA evaluates whether or not the company can be considered for accreditation. To become accredited, companies are assessed on the basis of fulfillment of the Principles of Fair Labor & Responsible Sourcing (for brands) or the Principles of Fair Labor & Responsible Production (for suppliers), which include:
- Adopting and communicating workplace standards;
- Training staff to assess and remediate noncompliance issues;
- Conducting internal assessments of facilities; and
- Providing workers with confidential reporting channels.
The FLA does not offer certification, and does not accredit brands or factories. Rather, FLA specifically accredits a company’s compliance program to indicate the presence of systems and procedures required for successfully upholding fair labor standards throughout brands’ supply chains.
Currently, the compliance programs of 25 affiliated companies are accredited by the FLA:
Accreditation is renewed every three years following a satisfactory FLA evaluation of labor compliance systems and activities during the timeframe.