National Consumers League

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.

Enforcing Freedom of Association and Protecting Foreign Workers in Vietnam

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.

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Style Avenue factory in El Salvador

Publication date: 
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Report type: 
Outerstuff and College Kids commissioned an investigation following allegations of noncompliance at the Style Avenue factory, and developed a plan to address the issues found. In June 2012, FLA commissioned the Center for Reflection, Education and Action to verify the progress of implementation of the remediation plan. The verification report confirmed that some of the original findings have been successfully addressed by factory management, but that several issues require further attention.

Washington University in St. Louis

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.

Washington University in St. Louis

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.

University of California Los Angeles

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.


The FLA provides us with expertise and cutting edge information on how we can improve our CSR practices so workers’ rights are protected. They have created a forum like no other where brands, factories, universities and NGO's can come together to discuss and tackle complex labor issues.


All Patagonia in-store products including footwear. Patagonia's compliance program is accredited by FLA.

From the Patagonia website: We have integrated corporate responsibility into our sourcing strategy: when considering new factories we take a fourfold vetting approach – one that includes social and environmental practices equally with quality standards and business requirements like financial stability, adequate capacity and fair pricing.


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