Van Heusen brand, all Van Heusen apparel. PVH Corp.'s compliance program is accredited by FLA.

From the PVH Corp. website: Phillips-Van Heusen is committed to an ongoing program of monitoring all our facilities and those of companies with whom we do business in accordance with our code of conduct, “A Shared Commitment”. This code defines PVH standards and values, which must be upheld in our facilities and those of our supplies, contractors and business partners.

On October 7th, 2016, the FLA Board of Directors voted to approve the reaccreditation of PVH Corp.'s labor compliance program.  PVH's reaccreditation covers the period from 2008 to 2016.  The full reaccreditation report includes commendation for PVH's strengths, along with recommendations for further enhancement of its social compliance program.

When Estofel, S.A. of Guatemala City, Guatemala, shut down in late 2007, a number of FLA affiliates—including the University of Washington, Gear for Sports, Hanesbrands and Philips-Van Heusen—led an effort with Ghim Li and the Collegiate Licensing Company that resulted in severance payments to 871 former Estofel workers from the parent company of the closed facility. Read more.

Issues: In 2006, the FLA received a third party complaint from the Cambodia Industry Union Federation alleging that provisions of the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct guaranteeing freedom of association and health and safety were being ignored at the Great Lancelot factory in Phnom Penh.

On March 4, 2013, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) sent a letter to Peruvian President Ollanta Humala Tasso raising concerns over legislation that currently permits the employment of workers through the use of repeated short-term employment contracts.  Short-term employment contracts do not provide stability of employment, and often erode access to fundamental labor rights. FLA Participating Companies Nike, New Balance, PVH Corp., and 47 Brand have also urged the President to take action. Peruvian legislation allows employers in the country’s garment export sector to hire...
This is an excerpt from an article by the Maquila Solidarity Network, which originally appeared on the MSN blog. Leading U.S. apparel brands are urging the Guatemalan government to resolve the long-pending DR-CAFTA labour complaint filed by six Guatemalan unions and the AFL-CIO four years ago. In an April 30 letter to President Oscar Molina Perez, the companies stated that, "An attractive business climate for companies like ours includes not only economic and political stability, but also an environment in which the basic rights of workers are respected and labor laws are consistently...
On March 21, PVH Corp. signed a landmark agreement backed by international trade unions and NGOs – including Maquila Solidarity Network – to improve factory conditions in Bangladesh. Addressing fire hazards and safety risks is extremely important in the garment sector, and this step demonstrates the commitment of PVH to create safe work environments by examining root causes of issues and working with stakeholders to find solutions. PVH’s dedication to improving the lives of Bangladeshi workers through collaboration with civil society is a model FLA encourages all affiliate...
Across the globe, millions of men and women migrate in order to find jobs. Many of them provide for their families by working in factories to manufacture clothing and footwear for some of the largest international brands. While some of these workers are successful in finding suitable employment, many others face difficulties ranging from homesickness to bad working conditions, and may even be forced into trafficking – otherwise known as modern-day slavery. Notre Dame students attend the FLA forum to learn more about labor conditions in apparel supply chains The FLA hosted a...
The recent FLA Board of Directors meeting in the Dominican Republic (DR) offered a rich variety of experiences for the many attendees and visitors. The events included not only the meeting itself, but also a fascinating visit to a local factory and a stimulating stakeholders meeting at which key issues relating to the local economy and industry were discussed.         The factory visit, to the D’Clase factory in Gurabo, DR, just outside of Santiago, offered many University...

On October 7th, 2016, the FLA Board of Directors voted to approve the reaccreditation of PVH Corp.'s labor compliance program.  PVH's reaccreditation covers the period from 2008 to 2016.  The full reaccreditation report includes commendation for PVH's strengths, along with recommendations for further enhancement of its social compliance program.

On November 11, 2015, the FLA accepted for review a complaint filed by a union representative about  a Guatemalan sewing factory that suddenly terminated its operations at the end of March 2015 without paying workers the required wages, beneifts, bonuses, and severance benefits. The complainant further alleged that FLA-affiliated company PVH was a buyer at the factory, as product under PVH’s brand Tommy Hilfiger was produced at the factory, though here was lack of clarity on whether the production was direct or licenced, or was authorized or unauthorized.

On October 25, 2010, the FLA convened a second stakeholder forum on wages in Hong Kong. Hosted at the offices of affiliated company PVH Corp., it brought together academics, practitioners, and representatives of international organizations, companies, trade unions, and monitoring organizations to discuss recent wage developments (with emphasis on Asia) and responses to address wage issues.

In May 2008, FLA received Third Party Complaints (3PC) from eight former workers at Estofel, S.A., a factory located in Guatemala City, Guatemala. The complainants raised allegations of labor violations, including failure to pay severance benefits owed to workers at the plant, which was closed in November 2007. Labor rights organization Commission for the Verification of Corporate Codes of Conduct (COVERCO) alerted FLA about the closure of the factory shortly after it occurred. FLA-affiliated company PVH Corp., and FLA-licensee University of Washington also addressed this issue. PVH Corp.

FLA staff has assessed PVH’s labor compliance program and its operations in 2005-2007 against the obligations of Participating Companies in the FLA and the benchmarks for accreditation agreed upon by the Board of Directors. In particular, the assessment sought to determine whether PVH’s labor compliance program continued to meet or exceed performance standards demonstrated during the initial implementation period.

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