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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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;
  • Adidas;
  • H&M; and
  • Puma

For a full account of this event, download the report below.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

This is a guest post from fire safety expert Dr. David Gold, a former firefighter, previously with the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Related post: PVH announces landmark agreement to improve factory safety in Bangladesh

Friday, November 16, 2012

This is an excerpt of an article that originally appeared on the Talent Show blog at GreenBiz.com. Read the full article here.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

This is a guest post by Piera Waibel, Global Manager for FLA’s agriculture program.

The World Cocoa Foundation organized the 22nd Partnership Meeting & Roundtable Sessions in collaboration with the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO on October 24-25, 2012 in Zurich.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

On October 17, FLA hosted the latest meeting of the Americas Group (AG), which was founded in February 2011 as the MFA Forum Americas Committee concluded its efforts. The Americas Group is a multi-stakeholder forum of brands, initiatives like FLA, the global union for the garment sector – IndustriALL – and other civil society organizations. Members of the AG work together to promote and support globally competitive and socially responsible apparel and footwear industries in the Americas.

Friday, October 5, 2012

The Garment Sector Roundtable (GSR) was launched in January 2011 to bring together multiple garment industry stakeholders in Bangalore, including multi-national brands, domestic manufacturers, industry associations, trade unions and research institutions.  Through the GSR, FLA and the other participants seek to collaborate in open-minded and creative ways.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

On October 23, 2012, at the request of the adidas Group, the Global Forum for Sustainable Supply Chains will convene a multi-stakeholder meeting of companies, international institutions, insurance experts and civil society to discuss the possible creation of a private fund or insurance product that would provide additional coverage to workers affected by factory closures and non–payment of wages and benefits. The purpose of this meeting is to explore solutions to problems facing workers who do not receive the severance pay and benefits owed by their employers when a factory shuts down.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Building upon more than ten years of advocacy by Cividep-India, FLA commissioned this study into the provision and quality of legally mandated childcare in Bangalore’s garment factories.  The study was initiated on a simple premise: that quality childcare is a necessity, not just for the safety and security of the children, but for the stable growth of an industry besieged by heavy labor turnover among women – who constitute the bulk of the workforce.

Monday, September 24, 2012

At a time when India is formally acknowledging the need for growth with equity and social inclusion, Cividep’s long-standing efforts in support of workers’ rights in the garment industry of Bangalore has exposed a serious gap between policy and practice. Every day, women who bear society’s responsibility for reproduction and childcare leave their children behind to enter the factory gates and begin their work-day anxious about the safety and security of their young ones.

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