Fair Labor Association Announces Accreditation of Three Social Compliance Programs
Adidas, Patagonia Achieve Reaccreditation; First-time Accreditation for Outerknown
On July 28, 2017, as part of the Americas Group Mexico Committee initiatives, the FLA and fourteen apparel and footwear companies that source from Mexico submitted a letter to the Secretary of Labor and Social Welfare of Mexico.
The Fair Labor Association (FLA) welcomes Nike’s agreement with Georgetown University to provide factory access to the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) to follow up on reports of issues related to working conditions in specific Nike collegiate supplier facilities.
Greater public disclosure of the human rights conditions embedded in global supply chains is rapidly becoming the norm for multinational companies managing complex sourcing relationships around the world. While for some companies, increased supply chain transparency may be the logical result of a maturing social responsibility program, external pressures from civil society and governments, including emerging regulations that carry significant legal and financial risks, are also clearly driving this shift in industry norms – for everybody.
To better understand the risks of child labor in garment supply chains, a Dutch multi-stakeholder Working Group on Child Labor began working in 2015 to investigate the apparel and cotton supply chains of garment companies doing business in the Netherlands. This working group – comprising Dutch sector organizations, garment companies, the Stop Child Labour (SCL) coalition, and UNICEF Netherlands – designed a pilot project implemented by the FLA and Development Workshop.
The Fair Labor Association (FLA) today announced the selection of Michael Posner as the Chair of its Board of Directors. He is the Director of the New York University (NYU) Stern Center for Business and Human Rights. Posner, the Jerome Kohlberg Professor of Ethics and Finance at NYU Stern, co-founded the Center for Business and Human Rights in 2013. It is the first human rights center at a business school. Prior to joining NYU Stern, Posner served from 2009 to 2013 as Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the State Department. From 1978 to 2009, he served as founding director of Human Rights First, a US-based human rights advocacy organization.
The Fair Labor Association (FLA), along with 20 apparel and footwear brands sourcing from Turkey, and four other workers' rights organizations, delivered a letter to the office of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on April 27, thanking the Turkish government for its extension of work permits to Syrian refugees as of January 2016, and calling for adjustments to the work permit program to improve conditions for Syrians who are seeking work in Turkey.
In December of 2016 the Fair Labor Association (FLA) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) jointly hosted a roundtable meeting in Istanbul, Turkey to discuss the challenges and opportunities of integrating Syrian refugees into the Turkish labor market. The roundtable attracted 120 participants from international brands sourcing from Turkey, local manufacturers, international and local trade unions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), workers’ rights organizations, municipalities, and representatives from Turkish Ministry of Labor & Social Security and the Ministry of the Interior.
Today, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) released its first annual compensation report, publishing data on the earnings of workers in 124 mostly apparel and footwear factories assessed by the FLA in 2015. This first-of-its kind collection and publication of wage data and analysis is part of a commitment by the FLA and its affiliates to improve compensation for workers in global supply chains.
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.