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Safeguards

Safeguards are a set of tools that enable the Fair Labor Association (FLA) to address instances of significant and persistent noncompliance with the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct and Compliance Benchmarks in production facilities used by FLA affiliated companies, suppliers or university licensees.  Safeguard measures include:

  • Third Party Complaints
  • Brand-commissioned Independent Investigation with FLA Verification
  • FLA-commissioned Special Independent Investigation
  • Stakeholder Dialogue
  • Projects

Safeguards tools, which may not be mutually exclusive, offer the opportunity to engage stakeholders more proactively and effectively on issues that are important to them and may relate to systemic and entrenched concerns that are not amenable to resolution using narrowly-focused approaches.

The Third Party Complaint procedure is the cornerstone of Safeguards. Pursuant to the Third Party Complaint procedure, any person, group or organization can report to the FLA allegations of instances of persistent or serious noncompliance with the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct and Compliance Benchmarks in a production facility used by an FLA-affiliated company, supplier or university licensee.  The goal of the Third Party Complaint procedure is to remediate any noncompliances that might be identified.  The FLA maintains a chart tracking the progress of our investigations into recent Third Party Complaints. 

Brand-commissioned Independent Investigations with FLA Verification and FLA-Commissioned Special Independent Investigations are tools that can be used to address situations where there is a perceived need to investigate a potential serious violation of worker rights and carry out remediation, but a formal Third Party Complaint has not been filed or is not appropriate. Standards of independence of investigations, remediation, and transparency characteristic of Third Party Complaints are also applied in the application of these Safeguards.

Stakeholder dialogue and projects are two ways in which the FLA identifies and addresses systemic issues affecting specific labor markets. These activities might be initiated by the FLA on the basis of information received from staff or from stakeholders or could take the form of a specific project developed by an affiliated company on an issue of broad interest to FLA stakeholders.

CRESCENT KONFEKSİYON ÜRÜNLERİ PAZARLAMA SAN DIŞ TİC. A.S./TURKEY

Publication date: 
Jueves, Mayo 9, 2019
Report type: 
Investigation
The FLA administered a Special Independent Investigation, consistent with its established Safeguards procedures, regarding allegations of violation of freedom of association rights of the workers in Crescent Konfeksiyon Ürünleri Pazarlama San. Dış Tic. A.Ş., which produces coats, jackets and trousers for men; and shorts, coats, jackets, skirts, trousers, shirts, and blouses for women.

Olam Progida

Publication date: 
Miércoles, Mayo 8, 2019
Report type: 
Third Party Complaint
In March 2018, the FLA received a Third Party Complaint from the Tekgida-IS trade union (Tekgida) in Turkey concerning allegations of noncompliance with ILO Conventions 87 and 98 (freedom of association and the right to organize and bargain collectively) and, by extension, relevant provisions in the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct and Benchmarks at the Progida production facility in Piraziz / Giresun owned and operated by Olam Group (Olam), an FLA-affiliated company.

C.S.A. GUATEMALA

Publication date: 
Miércoles, Abril 24, 2019
Report type: 
Third Party Complaint
On February 6, 2019, the Fair Labor Association received a Third Party Complaint from several former workers at the C.S.A. Guatemala S.A. factory.

Delta Apparel in Honduras

Publication date: 
Martes, Agosto 28, 2018
Report type: 
Third Party Complaint
On December 17, 2017, the union Sindicato de Trabajadores de la Empresa Delta Apparel Honduras filed a Third Party Complaint with the Fair Labor Association (FLA) alleging violations of the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct at the factory Delta Apparel Honduras, located in the Zip Buena Vista industrial park, Villanueva, Honduras.

Apple Tree in El Salvador

Publication date: 
Lunes, Agosto 6, 2018
Report type: 
Third Party Complaint
On December 6, 2017, the Fair Labor Association (“FLA”) initiated a Third Party Complaint from the Union of the Textile, Similar and Related Industries of El Salvador (“SITSCES”), affiliated with the Union Federation of El Salvador (“FESS”). FESS/SITSCES alleged violations of labor standards and of the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct at the factory Apple Tree S.A. de C.V. located in San Salvador, El Salvador.

Sawbwa VT in Myanmar

Publication date: 
Jueves, Junio 21, 2018
Report type: 
Third Party Complaint
The Fair Wear Foundation (FWF), a non-profit organization based in the Netherlands engaged in improving workplace conditions for garment workers, informed the FLA of allegations concerning violations of freedom of association at VT Group, a Participating Supplier of the FLA. At the time of the complaint, FLA-affiliated companies Patagonia and adidas were sourcing from Sawbwa VT.

Brooklyn Manufacturing in El Salvador

Publication date: 
Viernes, Mayo 18, 2018
Report type: 
Third Party Complaint
On December 18, 2017, the FLA accepted for review a Third Party Complaint filed by a worker – who requested anonymity -- at Brooklyn Manufacturing in El Salvador, making a number of allegations regarding violations of the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct at the factory. Brooklyn is affiliated with the FLA as a Participating Supplier. An assessment by Brooklyn management corroborated some of the allegations in the Third Party Complaint but not others.

Triangle Apparels, Unit VI, India

Publication date: 
Miércoles, Mayo 16, 2018
Report type: 
Third Party Complaint
On July 25, 2017, the FLA accepted for review a Third Party Complaint filed by the Garment Labour Union in Karnataka, India with regard to the factory Triangle Apparels, Unit VI, in Karnataka, India. FLA-affiliated companies adidas Group and Puma were sourcing from the factory at the time of the complaint.

Akin Corap, Turkey

Publication date: 
Martes, Marzo 6, 2018
Report type: 
Third Party Complaint
On November 5, 2017, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) received a Third Party Complaint from the Deriteks union in Turkey regarding the factory Akin Corap, located in Giresun, Turkey. The union alleged that factory management had carried out illegal dismissals of union members and engaged in other anti-union practices. The factory was a supplier of socks to FLA-affiliated brand Hugo Boss as well as to other buyers.

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