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June 2018 Accreditation of Two Social Compliance Programs

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The FLA announced that New Zealand outdoor gear brand Kathmandu Holdings and Pou Chen Group – a leading footwear manufacturer in Taiwan – have received accreditation for their social compliance programs. Each company was recognized for advancements in their social compliance programs that work to uphold fair labor standards in their supply chains.

Accreditation of Pou Chen's Social Compliance Program

Publication date: 
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Report type: 
Assessment Report
The FLA Board of Directors voted on June 20, 2018 to approve the accreditation of Pou Chen Group's social compliance program. FLA accreditation report specifically recognizes as strengths Pou Chen's transparency in remediating labor violations in its production sites, investment in social compliance training, and multiple grievance channels.

Accreditation Assessment of Kathmandu's Social Compliance Program

Publication date: 
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Report type: 
Assessment Report
The FLA Board of Directors voted on June 20, 2018 to approve the accreditation of Kathmandu's social compliance program. The FLA accreditation report specifically recognizes as strengths Kathmandu's transparent disclosure of its supplier list and FLA-conducted factory assessments on the company website, as well as Kathmandu's collaboration with civil society and other outdoor brands to remediate labor violations in production facilities.

Lessons Learned During the FLA's Pilot Project in Turkey

Publication date: 
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Report type: 
Hazelnut Project in TurkeyReports
This report tells the story of Nestlé, the world's largest food and beverage company, and its two hazelnut suppliers in Turkey, Olam and Balsu, as they pilot-tested the United States Department of Agriculture Guidelines for Eliminating Child Labor and Forced Labor in Agricultural Supply Chains (USDA Guidelines) in Turkey’s hazelnut supply chain. This project was a partnership between the three companies and the Fair Labor Association (FLA), funded by the United States Department of Labor (USDOL).

Sawbwa VT in Myanmar

Publication date: 
Thursday, June 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.

Documentary: FLA Project to Mitigate Child Labor and Support Ethical Recruitment in Agriculture

Publication date: 
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Report type: 
Hazelnut Project in TurkeyMedia
In this documentary, farm workers, labor contractors, farmers, manufacturers, government officials, and migrant children offer their perspectives on the FLA's pilot project implementing USDA guidelines for improving agricultural supply chains and on the situation for migrant hazelnut harvesters in Turkey.

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