This is a guest post by Christine Briscoe, manager of FLA’s Category C Licensee Program.
On June 18 -19, I travelled to the Overland Park area in Kansas to visit the headquarter offices of several Category C Licensees to meet staff and learn more about the companies and their labor compliance efforts, and to provide guidance for improvement. Some of the licensees maintain manufacturing or embellishing processes onsite, so it was a great opportunity to observe the facilities in action. Here are some highlights:
On July 24, 2012, the Fair Labor Association Board of Directors adopted a resolution to place Participating Supplier Hey Tekstil Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S. (“Hey Tekstil”) on Special Review.
As outlined in the FLA Charter, an affiliated company may be placed on Special Review if it fails to achieve or maintain compliance with FLA labor standards, and a company’s affiliation status may be terminated if the company does not address the issues prompting Special Review status.
FLA maps complete cocoa sourcing process in Ivory Coast for the first time
Precarious work is often caused by atypical employment contracts and can result in uncertain, unpredictable circumstances for workers such as low wages, no social benefits, and overall job insecurity. FLA’s Code of Conduct, however, requires companies to address and respect the employment relationship throughout their supply chains to ensure that workers are treated fairly.
On June 17, FLA President Auret van Heerden participated in a panel as part of the Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum hosted by the UN Global Compact. The panel, Good Business Models for a Sustainable Future, was hosted by Simone Cipriani (ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative), and aimed to demonstrate that doing good and making profit is possible through inclusive business models.
Kavitha, a 17-year-old girl who had been working in an Indian textile mill for nearly three years, died from injuries sustained at work. She was just 14 when she agreed to work at the mill, yet her family never received the money their daughter worked so hard to earn. Many women like Kavitha are caught up in a dangerous but prevalent system called the Sumangali Scheme, which targets young women and their families by promising a lump sum payment of about US $500-1,000 for three years of work. The money is intended for use by the family to pay the girl's dowry and enable her to get married.
This is an excerpt from an article by the Maquila Solidarity Network, which originally appeared on the MSN blog.
The RESPECT Project is an initiative of the European Commission, supported by FLA, which encourages buyers and suppliers to engage in more responsible purchasing practices. In support of this project, FLA conducted an online survey among 25 buyers and 30 suppliers from various sectors throughout Asia, Central America, the Middle East and Bulgaria. Several FLA affiliates – including Zephyr Graf-X, adidas Group, Patagonia, Mountain Equipment Co-op, New Wave, The s. Oliver Group, and prAna – participated in the survey.
Of the Buyers: