As more nations around the world pass laws holding companies accountable for conditions throughout their supply chains (see our white paper on emerging regulations), developing processes for investigating deeper supply chain tiers will become more important for both brands and suppliers. The FLA continues to lead collaborative efforts with companies and civil society organizations to trace supply chains to their source and propose solutions for the labor rights violations our researchers encounter.
To increase the FLA’s impact, the strategic plan for 2018 - 2022 describes a strategy to improve conditions for the 5.6 million workers in the factories and farms of our current affiliates and additional workers in the new affiliates we hope to add. The strategy is founded upon the FLA’s long-standing commitment to establish and apply strong labor standards through a transparent process that holds companies accountable, while we also increase our efforts to drive systemic improvement through collaboration, innovation, remediation, and capacity building.
At the end of 2017, the FLA submitted detailed feedback to the Social Labor Convergence Project (SLCP), on their "standard-agnostic" data collection tool and verification methodology. Early in the SLCP process, the FLA also shared the organization's comprehensive assessment tool, the Sustainable Compliance Initiative (SCI), with the SLCP team, to help inform their thinking about labor standards and audit convergence. Read the FLA's comprehensive feedback to the SLCP on their tool and methodology below.