In June 2011, the UN Human Rights Council unanimously endorsed the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights—the result of a six-year effort led by the then Special Representative of the UN Secretary—General for Business and Human Rights, Professor John Ruggie. Following the adoption of the Guiding Principles, the FLA asked Shift - an independent nonprofit organization chaired by Professor Ruggie - to conduct a review of the implications of the Guiding Principles for its own work.
According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), an estimated 215 million children are involved in child labor worldwide, and an estimated six million children are forced to work around the world. In December, the U.S. Department of Labor launched a free toolkit to help companies develop programs to combat forced and child labor in their supply chains.
Workers are the ones most exposed and vulnerable when market conditions push companies and suppliers to reduce employment, of either a portion or the entire workforce. Many countries legally mandate payment of severance - typically calculated based on job tenure - when partial or full retrenchments arise, but there is generally no requirement in domestic law to create a fund to ensure that the factory is able to meet its severance liabilities.
Factory fires have killed thousands of workers all over the world for decades - even with today's advancements in technology and infrastructure, these tragedies continue to occur. Just last year, horrific fires in Bangladesh and Pakistan killed more than 400 factory workers. With the support of brands, factory managers and workers must be empowered to prevent fires and save lives.
On November 26, representatives from Solidaridad Côte d’Ivoire, Union des Grandes Entreprises Industrielles de Côte d’Ivoire, Association des Femmes Productrices de Café-Cacao du Sud-Bandama, Cargill, UCDG, the World Cocoa Foundation and others joined FLA, Nestlé and FLA’s Global Forum for Sustainable Supply Chains in Abidjan for a meeting to review Nestlé’s progress in implementing its Action Plan and t
This is a guest post from Alan Yu, the U.S. National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.
Washington, DC – On December 31, 2012, the Fair Labor Association Board of Directors unanimously voted to terminate the participation of Hey Tekstil Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S. (“Hey Tekstil”) in the Fair Labor Association as a Participating Supplier. The decision comes as a result of the company’s ongoing noncompliance with the FLA Code of Conduct and related standards.
On October 8, 2012, the FLA convened its fourth stakeholder forum on wages in Seattle, Washington, hosted by the University of Washington.
The one day workshop was organized to provide information on the Fair Wage Assessment tools and to facilitate understanding of the methodology, and to share information about current pilots and brand experience with the assessments. Speakers included representatives from:
- Fair Wage Network;
- H&M; and
For a full account of this event, download the report below.