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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.

A Conversation With Nestle: Improving Conditions in the Hazelnut Sector

Publication date: 
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Report type: 
Hazelnut Project in TurkeyMedia
“Responsible sourcing is a cornerstone of our approach to the sustainable development of our business. It is also an essential part of our relationship with the farmers and producers we depend on for our supply of raw materials,” says Hanna Jager, Global Responsible Sourcing Leader for Nestlé.

Companies and NGOs Partnered With Turkish Government Officials to Reduce Child Labor

Publication date: 
Monday, June 18, 2018
Report type: 
Hazelnut Project in TurkeyMedia
"Hazelnuts are the most important product, especially in the Black Sea region. When harvesting them [it's vital] that we consider how we can do it in better conditions. We shouldn't pick this product at the expense of other people's quality of life," says Nurcan Önder, Director General of Labor for the Ministry of Labor and Social Security in Turkey.

Migrant Workers in Turkey Describe Their Lives During the Hazelnut Harvest

Publication date: 
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Report type: 
Hazelnut Project in TurkeyMedia
Migrant farmworkers discuss their work to harvest hazelnuts, returning year after year, some since childhood, along with their families. In partnership with the US Department of Labor and the Ministry of Labor and Social Security in Turkey, the Fair Labor Association, Nestlé, Balsu, and Olam have been working to create safe spaces for children in the hazelnut harvest and improve conditions for workers.

Brooklyn Manufacturing in El Salvador

Publication date: 
Friday, May 18, 2018
Report type: 
Third Party Complaint
On December 18, 2017, the FLA accepted for review a Third Party Complaint filed by a worker – who requested anonymity -- at Brooklyn Manufacturing in El Salvador, making a number of allegations regarding violations of the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct at the factory. Brooklyn is affiliated with the FLA as a Participating Supplier. An assessment by Brooklyn management corroborated some of the allegations in the Third Party Complaint but not others.

Legal Minimum Wages in Pakistan

Publication date: 
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Report type: 
Issue Brief
While local minimum wage setting procedures have exacerbated the problem of low wages, brands sourcing apparel and textiles from Pakistan need not wait on the government to act before working with suppliers in support of fair compensation for workers. With current wage levels in Pakistan for most skilled workers falling well short of living wage estimates recommended by unions and civil society, action by brands and suppliers is needed to provide workers with wages that meet FLA standards.

Triangle Apparels, Unit VI, India

Publication date: 
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Report type: 
Third Party Complaint
On July 25, 2017, the FLA accepted for review a Third Party Complaint filed by the Garment Labour Union in Karnataka, India with regard to the factory Triangle Apparels, Unit VI, in Karnataka, India. FLA-affiliated companies adidas Group and Puma were sourcing from the factory at the time of the complaint.

Syngenta Seed Supply Chain in India, 2016

Publication date: 
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
For the assessment year 2016-2017, the FLA conducted four Independent External Monitoring (IEM) visits and one Independent External Verification (IEV) visit to assess working conditions at Syngenta’s supplier farms in India. The assessments covered around 220 acres of farmland located in the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana. In Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, assessors continued to find workers paid below the minimum wage (the subject of an ongoing pilot project by Syngenta).

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.

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