Russell Brands/Fruit of the Loom. Russell Athletic, Fruit of the Loom and Vanity Fair Brands products. Russell Brands' compliance program is accredited by FLA.
From the Russell Brands/Fruit of the Loom website: In 2002, our Russell Brands, LLC subsidiary furthered its commitment to supply chain accountability by becoming an FLA affiliated company, subject to all FLA compliance criteria including annual unannounced assessments at manufacturing facilities. Russell Brands' labor compliance program has been accredited as being in substantial compliance with the FLA's Workplace Code of Conduct.
On March 2, 2015, the Federation of Dominican Free Trade Zone, Diverse Industries, and Services Workers (Federación Dominicana de Trabajadores de Zonas Francas, Industrias Diversas y de Servicios, FEDOTRAZONAS) in the Dominican Republic filed a Third Party Complaint with the Fair Labor Association (FLA) alleging violations of freedom of association by JoeAnne Dominicana against the local union United Workers Union (Sindicato de Trabajadores Unidos), affiliated to FEDOTRAZONAS.
On April 3, 2013, FLA commissioned Comisión para la Verificación de Códigos de Conducta (COVERCO) to investigate allegations by the labor union federation “Federación Dominicana de Trabajadores de Zonas Francas, Industrias Diversas y de Servicios” (FEDOTRAZONAS) that workers' freedom of association had been violated at the factory JoeAnne Dominicana in the Dominican Republic.
On March 25, 2011, FLA received a Third Party Complaint from representatives of the Sindicato de la Industria Textil y Actividades Conexas y Similares alleging violations of local labor standards and of the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct, in particular with respect to Freedom of Association and Harassment or Abuse. FLA-affiliated companies Russell Brands, LLC (“Russell Brands”), a Participating Company, and M.J. Soffe, a Category B Licensee, source from Apple Tree, and have worked with the factory on a remediation plan. FLA published a final report on the complaint on July 31, 2012.
Russell is a branded athletic and sporting goods company with a history of over a century in marketing athletic uniforms, apparel and equipment for a variety of sports and fitness activities. Founded in 1902 in Alexander City, Alabama, Russell became a publicly-traded company in 1963; in 2006, it was acquired by Fruit of the Loom, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary with the two companies consolidating their operations. Russell’s headquarters are located in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Click the link below to download an analysis of Russell's compliance program as of February 2011.
On November 7, 2008, FLA announced an investigation into the closure of the Jerzees de Honduras (JDH) factory owned by participating company Russell Corporation, after allegations surfaced that the closure may have be in violation of employees' Freedom of Association. Over the next few months, FLA-accredited independent external monitor ALGI conducted audits in Honduras, and in January, 2009, FLA released its report. In February, 2009, FLA Board members reccommended nine additional steps that Russell Corp. should take to remedy the issue.