Ocean Sky Apparel Factory in El Salvador

Publication date: 
Monday, January 24, 2011

On January 24, 2011, the Institute for Global Labour & Human Rights issued a report regarding labor practices at the Ocean Sky Apparel factory in El Salvador, operated by FLA Participating Supplier Ocean Sky International Ltd. The report, based on research jointly conducted by the Central American office of the Institute and Mujeres Transformando, a women’s rights organization based in El Salvador that supports maquila workers, alleged a range of violations of worker rights in the factory, including harassment or abuse, forced overtime, improper recording of working time, contaminated drinking water, and very low wages. FLA commissioned an investigation by the Commission for the Verification of Corporate Codes of Conduct (COVERCO) in El Salvador. Following the investigation, Ocean Sky International – in collaboration with FLA and sourcing brands (both FLA-affiliated and non-affiliated brands) – developed a remediation plan to address all non-compliances and risks of non-compliances found at the factory. The remediation plan was expanded and further developed following additional allegations by Mujeres Transformando in June 2011. On January 1, 2012, the factory changed ownership, with the parent company Ocean Sky International selling its ownership shares to a group of investors who changed the legal name of the factory to Olocuilta Apparel, S.A. de C.V. On February 23-24, 2012, COVERCO visited Olocuilta Apparel on behalf of the FLA to verify the progress of implementation of the remediation plan (agreed by Ocean Sky Apparel). The full report of the verification in English/Spanish is available below.

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