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
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.
Washington, DC – The Fair Labor Association (FLA) today announced the selection of Claudia Coenjaerts, a longtime official with the International Labor Organization (ILO), as President and CEO. Her appointment is effective as of Jan. 6, 2014.
356 of 360 action items completed on or ahead of schedule; working hours remains a challenge
Prominent workers’ rights advocate has led Fair Labor Association since 2001
From March 25 to 29, 2013, FLA provided training on the 12 dimensions of Fair Wages for Participating Company H&M in Guangzhou and Shanghai. Sixty-five participants from the sustainability and production teams joined the training and discussion.
Second round of verification assessments finds continued improvement in compliance
This is a guest post from Kyle Richard, a third-year law student at the University of Washington.
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.