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Mountain Equipment Co-op

MEC Brand Products. MEC's compliance program is accredited by FLA.

From the Mountain Equipment Co-op website: Our goal is to make affordable, quality products. Central to this goal is our core belief that our gear be made in a way that respects the people who manufacture it.

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. 

The RESPECT Project is an initiative of the European Commission, supported by FLA, which encourages buyers and suppliers to engage in more responsible purchasing practices. In support of this project, FLA conducted an online survey among 25 buyers and 30 suppliers from various sectors throughout Asia, Central America, the Middle East and Bulgaria. Several FLA affiliates – including Zephyr Graf-X, adidas Group, Patagonia, Mountain Equipment Co-op, New Wave, The s. Oliver Group, and prAna – participated in the survey. Of the Buyers: 100% have a dedicated department in...

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 7th, 2016, the FLA Board of Directors voted to approve the reaccreditation of Mountain Equipment Co-op’s (MEC) labor compliance program.  MEC's reaccreditation covers the period from 2013 to 2016.  The full reaccreditation report includes commendation for MEC's strengths, along with recommendations for further enhancement of its social compliance program.

On Tuesday, July 14, 2015, the Fair Labor Association sent a letter to the Ministry of Labor in Myanmar standing against efforts to exempt the fast-growing garment sector from paying their workers the country's new minimum wage.  The letter was signed by the FLA Vice President of Programs and 17 FLA affiliates.  

MEC is a member-owned retail cooperative headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia. Since 1971, the company has served the Canadian outdoor gear market by selling outdoor equipment to its growing membership. Charter-established values of quality, integrity, cooperation, creativity, leadership, sustainability, stewardship, humanity and adventure drive the direction of the organization and draw new customers to its membership. In 1971, the co-op had six members; today MEC serves 3.9 million members in retail stores in Canada and globally via the Internet.