New Balance, PF Flyers, Warrior, and Brine. New Balance Athletics, Inc.'s compliance program is accredited by the FLA.
From the New Balance Athletics, Inc. website: The Supplier Code of Conduct defines our minimum expectations. We expect our suppliers to ensure that no exploitative conditions or unsafe working conditions exist at the facilities where our merchandise is manufactured. This Code of Conduct expresses the commitment of New Balance Athletics, Inc. to do business only with those manufacturers and suppliers that share its commitment to fair and safe labor practices.
On July 20, 2020, the Fair Labor Association (“FLA”) initiated a Third Party Complaint concerning the factory Wells Apparel Nicaragua (“the factory”) based on the allegations filed by a former board member of the Luis Alonso Velasquez union. At the time the FLA accepted the complaint, it confirmed that FLA Participating Company Amer Sports was sourcing from the factory.
On June 30, 2020, Participating Company Amer Sports contacted the Fair Labor Association to communicate that it had received a complaint from a board member of the union at the factory Wells Apparel Nicaragua, from which the company sources products. The complaint alleged that (1) factory management had dismissed six union board members, who were entitled to fuero sindical protection, without complying with legal requirements; and (2) there was a potential risk that an additional union official currently under maternity leave would also be unlawfully dismissed.
The FLA board of directors approved the reaccreditation of the New Balance labor compliance program in October 2018. This report reviews the company's changes and improvements since its 2014 accreditation and its reaccreditation assessment by the Fair Labor Association.
As explained by this FLA issue brief the never-increased 90s-era monthly minimum wage of 20 lari (around $8.50) for private sector workers in Georgia is grossly insufficient to maintain a decent standard of living in that country. The Clean Clothes Campaign estimates that a living wage for a family of four is nearly 65 times that amount, while the US State Departmen
In April of 2014, workers at the Pou Chen Group, a Participating Supplier with the FLA, went on strike in Gaobu, Dongguan, China, protesting that Pou Chen was not making the contributions for social insurance and housing benfits employers are required to pay under Chinese national law.