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A Conversation with Balsu and Olam, Suppliers to Nestle in Turkey

Publication date: 
Monday, May 7, 2018
Report type: 
Hazelnut Project in TurkeyMedia
Collaboration between multiple stakeholders was a key part of the success of the pilot program for addressing the systemic labor problems within the Turkish hazelnut supply chain. Balsu and Olam, two of Nestlé's main suppliers and FLA affiliated companies, worked with local farmers, laborers, Turkish ministry officials, and CSOs to learn about the issue of child labor, educate migrant families about their rights, and build ethical recruitment practices.

Toward Fair Compensation in Bangladesh

Publication date: 
Monday, April 23, 2018
Report type: 
Fair CompensationReports
Across all 18 factories studied for this report, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) found that not a single garment worker among the more than 6,000 whose wages were studied was earning income even close to a living wage, measured against any living wage benchmark. While the report found the minimum wage in Banglesh set below the World Bank poverty line, buyers and suppliers need not wait on government action to begin working collaboratively on higher wages.

Toward Fair Compensation in Bangladesh

Publication date: 
Monday, April 23, 2018
Across all 18 factories studied for this report, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) found that not a single garment worker among the more than 6,000 whose wages were studied was earning income even close to a living wage, measured against any living wage benchmark. While the report found that the minimum wage in Bangladesh is set at poverty levels, buyers and suppliers need not wait on government action to work collaboratively on higher wages.

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.

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