adidas owns adidas and Reebok brands, and its social compliance program is accredited by FLA.
From the adidas website: Being a sustainable business is about striking the balance between shareholder expectations and the needs and concerns of our employees, the workers in our supply chain, and the environment. We truly believe that acting as a responsible business – one that is fully committed to respecting human rights – will contribute to lasting economic success.
WASHINGTON, DC – The Fair Labor Association, a joint effort of universities, civil society organizations and socially responsible companies dedicated to protecting workers’ rights around the world, announced today the appointment of three new members to its board of directors. Each new member will represent a sector of the organization’s membership. The new members include a former child worker form Bangladesh, the retail and licensing expert at California State University, Long Beach, and the head of traceability for outdoor brand Patagonia.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – October 23, 2018 – Representatives from major apparel and footwear brands, led by the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) and the Fair Labor Association (FLA), met on October 19 with senior Cambodian government officials to discuss the current state of worker rights, and opportunities for enhanced collaboration in upholding worker rights throughout the Cambodian garment, footwear, and travel goods sector.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – October 22, 2018 – Today, 123 apparel and footwear companies signed the new “AAFA/FLA Apparel & Footwear Industry Commitment to Responsible Recruitment,” reflecting the industry’s commitment to the fair treatment of workers in the global apparel, footwear, and travel goods supply chain.
On June 29, 2018, the Fair Labor Association joined with seven leading companies and the American Apparel and Footwear Association to send a letter to the President of the Republic of Nicaragua expressing concern about the nation’s political and social crisis threatening the rights, livelihoods, and physical safety of workers and others and the capacity of Nicaragua’s industries that export around the world.
Issues: During a 2009 factory visit, FLA assessors found that foreign staff at a factory producing apparel for adidas Group and Nike, Inc. lacked required legal work permits. In addition, some printing department workers, who neither asked to leave nor signed a withdrawal notice, were compelled to leave the union without their consent. The union leader said most printing department workers did not wish to be involved in the union; therefore, they decided to drop these workers from the roster and stopped collecting their dues.
Issues: A 2007 factory visit revealed that women were being questioned about their pregnancy status when applying for a job at a factory producing caps for Forty Seven Brand and adidas Group. The factory employed 1,900 workers.
Issues: FLA assessors discovered that pregnant women were working nine hours per day - more than the legal limit - during a 2005 factory visit. Additionally, the factory's on-site crèche, or daycare facility for children, was not functioning.
On July 25, 2017, the FLA accepted for review a Third Party Complaint filed by the Garment Labour Union in Karnataka, India with regard to the factory Triangle Apparels, Unit VI, in Karnataka, India. FLA-affiliated companies adidas Group and Puma were sourcing from the factory at the time of the complaint. The summary report explains the corrective action plans developed by factory management with support from adidas and Puma, and provides a comparison of findings from this complaint investigation with the results of an FLA assessment at the same facility in November of 2016.
The Fair Labor Association (FLA), Fair Wear Foundation, Social Accountability International, and five affiliates sourcing from Cambodia have written to the Cambodian prime minister, expressing concern about recent developments related to the country’s minimum wage law, arbitration council, trade union law, and commitment to workers’ freedom of association.
On October 4, 2017, the FLA Board of Directors voted to approve the reaccreditation of adidas' labor compliance program. The adidas reaccreditation covers the period from 2009 to 2017 and includes commendation for adidas' strengths, including its advanced mobile SMS technology for workers to submit grievances, collaboration with other brands to address labor violations in shared suppliers, and supply chain mapping beyond the first tier in an effort to address labor violations throughout the adidas supply chain.
On March 7, 2016, the newly-formed Carlos Fonseca Amador union at Troon Manufacturing (also known as Pinehurst Nicaragua), located in Tipitapa, Nicaragua, filed a Third Party Complaint with the Fair Labor Association (FLA). The union alleged a number of violations of freedom of association, including management favoring one worker’s organization over another and interfering in the formation of a union; discrimination in hiring against union members; a bonus system that discriminates against certain workers; and verbal abuse and harassment by supervisors and members of the management team a
In November 2015, affiliated companies adidas-Group and Under Armour requested that the FLA engage an independent expert to examine freedom of association-related issues at the factory New Holland Nica (also known as New Holland Apparel S.A.), located in the Zona Franca Astro, Managua, Nicaragua. Adidas-Group and Under Armour are buyers from the facility.