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Syngenta seed Supply Chain in Thailand, 2016

Publication date: 
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Report type: 
Assessment Report
For the assessment year 2016-2017, the FLA conducted unannounced independent external monitoring (IEM) visits to assess working conditions at Syngenta’s corn supply chain in Thailand between the months of October 2016 and May 2017. The assessments covered around 30 acres of corn farms located in Kanchanaburi, Lampang, and Tak provinces.

Occupational Health, Safety, and Risk Groups in Hazelnut Production

Publication date: 
Monday, April 2, 2018
Report type: 
Hazelnut Project in TurkeyReports
Hazelnut production in Turkey takes place mostly in family-owned small- scale orchards, where traditional labor-intensive techniques remain in place and labor relations are informal. Especially during the harvest, laborers work long hours without social security benefits under severe conditions like extreme heat, on steep and slippery terrain, usually seven days a week.

Alignment with the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct as of March 2018

Publication date: 
Monday, March 26, 2018
Report type: 
Assessment Report
The founding Charter of the Fair Labor Association (FLA) requires each affiliated company to “adopt, and cause its applicable licensees, contractors, and suppliers to adopt, the FLA Workplace Code in the manufacture of its products.” As of March 26, 2018, 98 percent of all code elements followed by Participating Companies and Suppliers met FLA standards, as did 85 percent of all code elements followed by Category B Licensees.

Systemic Pregnancy Discrimination Against Female Migrant Workers in Southeast Asia

Monday, March 26, 2018

Through interviews with workers and in-depth discussions with experts, the FLA found that female migrant workers in Malaysia, Taiwan, and Thailand routinely face discrimination due to pregnancy laws designed to target them, or poor implementation of laws and regulations intended to protect them. Female migrant workers are especially at risk because they face three levels of discrimination: as a woman, as a pregnant person, and as a migrant worker.

Triple Discrimination: Woman, Pregnant, and Migrant

Publication date: 
Sunday, March 25, 2018
Depending on their destination, temporary migrant workers may also be subject to pregnancy testing as a condition for continued employment throughout their contract period. While this type of pregnancy discrimination is legal in some countries, such as in Thailand and Malaysia, and banned in others, such as in Taiwan, pregnancy testing has been commonly associated with forced deportation, and loss of employment and income. This FLA report provides recommendations for brands and governments.

FLA Urges Brands to Ensure at Least Tailoring-Level Wages for Tamil Nadu Knitwear Workers

Publication date: 
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Report type: 
Fair CompensationNews and Action
In February 2018, the Tamil Nadu government released a new order, clarifying the status of workers manufacturing hosiery or engaged in tailoring work. The FLA urges all affiliated brands sourcing knitwear from Tamil Nadu to work with suppliers to support wages that continue to meet at least the tailoring level, in pursuit of wages that cover workers’ basic needs plus discretionary income.

FLA and AAFA Raise Concerns About Myanmar Labor Reform Process

Friday, March 9, 2018

The Fair Labor Association (FLA) and American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) wrote the government of Myanmar expressing strong support for the labor law reform process now underway, while urging the government to ensure that this process results in laws and regulations that are consistent with the fundamental conventions of the International Labor Organization, creating a strong foundation for mature industrial relations and strong growth for the garment and footwear industries in Myanmar.

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