There is a growing number of jobseekers among Kenya's 41 million population, and many are turning to what's known as jua kali (translated as "fierce sun" in Swahili or "informal sector" in English) to earn a living. Some hand-carve bones in the slums of Kiberia, while others do beadwork in the outskirts of Nairobi. In 2010, FLA began a special project with the International Trade Centre's (ITC) Ethical Fashion Initiative, which works with marginalized communities of women in Kenya and Uganda to supply income-generating opportunities to assist the groups in reducing poverty.
Over 280 action items completed on time or ahead of schedule; 76 more due through July 2013
The myriad of corporate responsibility requirements, local laws and other labor standards may seem daunting to some factory managers, but industry leaders understand that social compliance is essential to sustainable and profitable business.
FLA is pleased to offer these upcoming training sessions for factory management on how to tackle the many compliance issues and risks that can arise - or may already exist - at their facilities. Training certificates will be provided to each participant upon successful completion of a training.
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.