FLA is a multi-stakeholder initiative that invites participation from all organizations committed to promoting fair labor standards around the world - companies and brands, civil society organizations, colleges and universities, suppliers and manufacturers, conscientious retailers, and others. Contact us for more information about joining FLA and how you can get involved.
Currently, nearly 200 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada work with FLA to monitor social compliance and ensure the ethical production of items bearing their marks or logo. Students and other consumers advocating for workers across the globe are increasingly concerned with ethical and sustainable production. FLA provides college and university affiliates with the tools they need to be confident that their products are manufactured by companies that are committed to upholding workers’ rights in their production facilities. FLA-affiliated universities receive guidance on labor compliance; tools and resources to actively engage with their licensees; and reports on their licensees' social compliance efforts. University affiliates can also rest assured that their licensees receive the training they need to promote and uphold fair labor standards throughout their supply chains. See which colleges and universities are affiliated with FLA.
Civil Society Organizations
Civil society organizations (CSOs) were at the table at the organization's founding and continue to play a vital role in FLA. The CSOs are represented by human rights, labor rights, and consumer organizations on the FLA Board of Directors. At the grassroots level, FLA partners with local civil society organizations, government agencies and trade unions to promote fair labor practices, resolve complaints, and conduct investigations of labor rights violations around the world. Learn more.
Companies affiliated with FLA include leading apparel, footwear, electronics and agriculture brands, in addition to smaller companies and collegiate licensees from other industries such as jewelry and luggage. Company affiliates are at the forefront of a movement towards more responsible and reliable supply chains, and commit to upholding fair labor standards. These companies know that fair labor practices are also good management practices and that they affect the bottom line. Fair, safe and humane working conditions lead to lower turnover, fewer accidents and disruptions, and better reliability and productivity. Company affiliates also realize that consumers expect products to be manufactured in responsible factories that respect workers’ rights, and see the value of instituting internal mechanisms to identify and remediate labor violations proactively, reducing the risk of being caught off-guard by these issues.
Companies join FLA as Participating Companies, Participating Suppliers, or Collegiate Licensees based on size and expressed level of commitment.
As FLA Participating Companies, some of the world's largest and best-known brands have committed to instituting fair labor practices and safe and humane working conditions throughout their supply chains. With the help of FLA, Participating Companies are innovating to effectively address labor issues - protecting both their brands and the rights of workers. FLA's methodology gives brands greater confidence that their supply chains respect workers' rights. It also presents a complete picture of labor conditions, flags risks, reveals root causes of compliance gaps, and offers strategies for addressing systemic issues. Through FLA, Participating Companies also receive opportunities to collaborate with peers, university buyers and CSOs, and have access to capacity building and training resources.
FLA Participating Suppliers demonstrate their commitment and effort to buyers (brands) and other stakeholders who care about factory conditions in product supply chains. Participating Suppliers include factories and factory groups in countries from El Salvador to China, and they play a crucial role in improving working conditions throughout the supply chain. They take ownership of their compliance programs by explicitly committing to the same standards and obligations as buyers (Participating Companies) affiliated with FLA. FLA helps Participating Suppliers build their capacity to implement systemic controls and effect internal changes to fulfill those obligations. Affiliating with FLA also allows suppliers to gain the trust of socially responsible brands and buyers and directly engage with them in conversations about sustainable and practical ways to improve labor conditions.
Collegiate licensees play an essential role in upholding the commitment FLA-affiliated universities have made to protecting workers' rights worldwide. Licensees are required to register with the FLA and meet specific obligations based on revenues. By affiliating with FLA, licensees have access to one-on-one guidance and tools, resources, and materials to help them develop compliance systems that respect workers' rights throughout their supply chain.
- Collegiate licensees with annual revenues of at least $50 million join the FLA as Category B Licensees and commit to the FLA Principles of Fair Labor and Responsible Sourcing.
- Collegiate licensees with annual revenues between $2.5 million and 50 million join the FLA as Category C Licensees and commit to a subset of the FLA Principles of Fair Labor and Responsible Sourcing relevant to an organization of this size.
- Collegiate licensees with annual revenues between $25,000 and $2.5 million join the FLA as Category D Licensees and commit to the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct and to a subset of the FLA Principles of Fair Labor and Responsible Sourcing relevant to an organization of this size.
- Small businesses with annual revenues less than $25,000 join the FLA as Category E Licensees and are required to submit a signed letter on an annual basis certifying the licensee’s commitment to FLA labor standards. This category may also include fine artisans or photographers whose annual revenue exceeds $25,000.