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President's Report to the FLA Board of Directors, February 2016

Friday, February 19, 2016

New FLA President Sharon Waxman outlines three broad goals for the Fair Labor Association in 2016:

1) Strengthening Our Core Work
2) Building Toward the Future
3) Outward-Facing Initatives

"With a solid foundation of strang leadership and the indefatigable energy of the staff, the FLA is ready to ... build on the work of the past, and to usher in new ideas, new partnerships, and new ways of working together to advance the common goalswe share of improving working condiitions worldwide," says Waxman.  

Mongru Neckwear in Long island City, NY

Publication date: 
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Report type: 
Third Party Complaint
In May 2015, a representative of Workers United, the union that represents workers at the factory Mongru Neckwear, in Long Island City, New York, alleged that Category B Licensee Vineyard Vines had failed to remediate noncompliances identified by the FLA during an assessment conducted in December 2014.

Ethical Fashion Africa, Ltd., in Kenya

Publication date: 
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Report type: 
Third Party Complaint
On June 30, 2015, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) accepted for review a Third Party Complaint filed by a worker alleging violations of the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct regarding compensation and hours of work by FLA-affiliated company Ethical Fashion Africa, Ltd. in Kenya. The FLA selected independent expert Leonard Nawiri, based in Nairobi, Kenya, to conduct an assessment of the allegations and prepare a report and relevant recommendations.

Fair Labor Association Awarded $4.87 Million to Address Child Labor in Turkey

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) today announced a cooperative agreement of $4.87 million to the Fair Labor Association (FLA) to pilot test the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s "Guidelines for Eliminating Child and Forced Labor in Agricultural Supply Chains" over the next 28 months.  The FLA will partner with three companies affiliated with the FLA – Nestlé, Olam-Prodiga and Balsu – in applying the guidelines to their hazelnut supply chain in Turkey.  

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