Issues: During a 2008 FLA external assessment of a garment factory supplying the SanMar Corporation, FLA assessors found that the factory’s attendance and payroll records were “undependable and unreliable.” There was no way to verify the wages of the factory's 139 workers, resulting in uncertainties such as whether payment was made for all hours worked (production records showed hours worked in factory that were not on payroll records) and whether employees were paid correct wages (for both regular hours and overtime).
Educators for Socially Responsible Apparel Business is a collaborative learning community whose members collectively:
- Share knowledge, applications, and experiences,
- Build awareness, and
- Foster campus and community engagement that furthers social responsibility and sustainability in the apparel industry.
The Global Fairness Initiative (GFI) promotes a more equitable, sustainable approach to economic development for the world's working poor by advancing fair wages, equal access to markets and balanced public policy to generate opportunity and end the cycle of poverty.
The mission of the National Consumers League is to protect and promote social and economic justice for consumers and workers in the United States and abroad. The National Consumers League is a private, nonprofit advocacy group representing consumers on marketplace and workplace issues. We are the nation's oldest consumer organization.
Issues: During a 2009 factory visit, FLA assessors found that foreign staff at a factory producing apparel for adidas Group and Nike, Inc. lacked required legal work permits. In addition, some printing department workers, who neither asked to leave nor signed a withdrawal notice, were compelled to leave the union without their consent. The union leader said most printing department workers did not wish to be involved in the union; therefore, they decided to drop these workers from the roster and stopped collecting their dues.
FLA provides leadership and education on labor issues in the global marketplace, training Washington U. licensees in the skills they need to monitor conditions in their factories and implement the Workplace Code of Conduct. Washington U. and its licensees, working together, can have a positive impact on tough challenges such as wages and migrant labor.
About the school's commitment to protecting workers' rights and the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct: Washington University in St. Louis has been affiliated with the FLA continuously since 2000. We have provided active participation and leadership on the University Advisory Council and served on the FLA Board. Washington University requires its licensees to adopt the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct and to implement it in their factories.
FLA helps assist UCLA on educating our licensees on the key building blocks for a sustainable CSR program, providing training online and in person, and offering online tools for our licensees to self-assess their CSR programs and provide goals for areas that need improvement.
About the school's commitment to protecting workers' rights and the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct: UCLA is fully committed to protecting workers rights. In 1998, all ten UC campuses were among the first universities to adopt a Workplace Code of Conduct. UCLA works with the FLA on programs to assess the ability of its licensees to enforce the UC Code of Conduct and provide transparency on factories used to make licensed merchandise.