To increase the FLA’s impact, the strategic plan for 2018 - 2022 describes a strategy to improve conditions for the 5.6 million workers in the factories and farms of our current affiliates and additional workers in the new affiliates we hope to add. The strategy is founded upon the FLA’s long-standing commitment to establish and apply strong labor standards through a transparent process that holds companies accountable, while we also increase our efforts to drive systemic improvement through collaboration, innovation, remediation, and capacity building.
At the end of 2017, the FLA submitted detailed feedback to the Social Labor Convergence Project (SLCP), on their "standard-agnostic" data collection tool and verification methodology. Early in the SLCP process, the FLA also shared the organization's comprehensive assessment tool, the Sustainable Compliance Initiative (SCI), with the SLCP team, to help inform their thinking about labor standards and audit convergence. Read the FLA's comprehensive feedback to the SLCP on their tool and methodology below.
As more nations around the world pass laws holding companies accountable for conditions throughout their supply chains (see our white paper on emerging regulations), developing processes for investigating deeper supply chain tiers will become more important for both brands and suppliers. The FLA continues to lead collaborative efforts with companies and civil society organizations to trace supply chains to their source and propose solutions for the labor rights violations our researchers encounter.
Leading garment brands and trade associations from Europe and the US have called on the Myanmar government to respect the rights of the ethnic minority population of Rakhine State or risk further eroding business and investor confidence.
The FLA announced the accreditation of three social compliance programs developed by major apparel and footwear brands to uphold fair labor standards in their supply chains. All three companies were recognized for their innovative work in pursuit of the FLA’s mission to improve workers’ lives worldwide, and their adherence to the FLA’s Principles of Fair Labor and Responsible Sourcing.
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.