FLA conducts Independent External Monitoring of AEO, Inc. suppliers, an important external verification mechanism for our program. FLA also serves as a critical platform for AEO, Inc. to partner with stakeholders and leverage our collective efforts to tackle complex industry issues and drive positive change in global apparel supply chains.
FLA provides a forum for us to work collaboratively with other companies, universities and non-governmental organizations to be leaders in improving labor standards worldwide.
Through engagement with the FLA, we can verify the efficacy of our programmatic activities. We can test approaches which mitigate chronic breaches of workers rights, participate in innovative, collaborative methodologies which ensure fair, healthy and safe work conditions, and to publicly report these activities to our stakeholders.
Many companies have supply chains extending beyond factories to informal settings where accessories or embellishment processes are completed. People working in the informal sector – artisan clusters, home workers, micro-producers and marginalized communities – are particularly vulnerable given the unregulated nature of those workplaces. Companies do not always have the means or tools to monitor them, and are unaware of the social impact of their intervention on those groups.
Issues: A 2009 FLA assessment uncovered that some of the more than 400 workers at a factory supplying DVDs and CDs for Electronic Arts, Inc. were not using earplugs and eye protection in work areas where they were mandatory. In addition, deductions from pay for workers’ savings plans exceeded the legal 30 percent limit.
Issues: During a 2008 independent external monitoring visit, FLA monitors discovered that the disciplinary system in a factory producing men's shirts and ladies' wear for Liz Claiborne, Inc. did not give its 3,475 workers the opportunity to reply, challenge or make appeals against termination. Also, there was inadequate aisle space in the fusing area of one of the buildings, which did not allow workers to have free body movement.