Fair Labor Association Reports Compensation Figures for Factories in 21 Countries
Average worker compensation found to be lower than the World Bank poverty line in Bangladesh.
At the Fair Labor Association (FLA) Board of Directors meeting in February of 2016, Brooklyn Manufacturing (based in San Salvador, El Salvador) became only the second supplier in FLA history – and the first in the Western Hemisphere – to earn accreditation for its social compliance program.
At the Fair Labor Association (FLA) Board of Directors meeting in February of 2016, Dallas Cowboys Merchandising (DCM) earned accreditation for its social compliance program. As a smaller company, DCM shares that while they faced unique challenges that some larger companies with more social compliance staff may not face, the journey toward accreditation helped them enhance their program and their company’s commitment to workers’ rights.
New FLA President Sharon Waxman outlines three broad goals for the Fair Labor Association in 2016:
1) Strengthening Our Core Work
2) Building Toward the Future
3) Outward-Facing Initatives
"With a solid foundation of strang leadership and the indefatigable energy of the staff, the FLA is ready to ... build on the work of the past, and to usher in new ideas, new partnerships, and new ways of working together to advance the common goalswe share of improving working condiitions worldwide," says Waxman. The complete president's report is linked below.
Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) today announced a cooperative agreement of $4.87 million to the Fair Labor Association (FLA) to pilot test the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s "Guidelines for Eliminating Child and Forced Labor in Agricultural Supply Chains" over the next 28 months. The FLA will partner with three companies affiliated with the FLA – Nestlé, Olam-Prodiga and Balsu – in applying the guidelines to their hazelnut supply chain in Turkey.
In December of 2014, DanWatch, a Danish civil society organization that monitors the corporate social responsibility of multinational companies, posted to its website the documentary “Seeds of Debt” by journalist Jens Pedersen. The documentary reported instances of exploitative high-interest money lending to farmers in rural Andhra Pradesh, India – including to farmers producing seeds for FLA affiliate Syngenta. Footage of an interview conducted with a Hyderabad-based agricultural research expert, who has assessed Syngenta farms on behalf of the FLA, went on to link low seed prices paid
At its February 2015 meeting, the FLA Board of Directors unanimously approved the implementation of the FLA Fair Compensation Work Plan, upon the recommendation of the Monitoring Committee.
This approval was accompanied by an amendment that calls for the FLA president to bring forward recommendations by the June Board meeting to "revise the plan to: 1) take appropriate, meaningful actions, where reasonable, to implement the plan at an accelerated pace, and 2) make relevant accountability measures more concrete."
On Monday, November 10, 2014, the Fair Labor Association sent a letter to Deputy Prime Minister Keat Chhon in support of “objective, inclusive, and productive national wage-setting negotiations that result in a minimum wage that is fair for workers” that was signed by nine FLA-affiliated companies sourcing from Cambodia.
The Fair Labor Association (FLA) joins the international community in condemning the use of deadly force by Cambodian security forces against striking garment workers in Phnom Penh that led to the tragic deaths of at least three workers, injuries to many others, and the imprisonment of protesting workers. These are grave violations of international labor standards and basic human rights.