Principles of Fair Labor and Responsible Sourcing and Production

Companies that join the FLA commit to ten Principles of Fair Labor and Responsible Sourcing (and/or Responsible Production) and agree to uphold the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct in their supply chain.  Sourcing principles apply to FLA-affiliated brands and licensees, while production principles apply to FLA-affiliated suppliers and brands' owned produciton facilities.  At the February 2015 FLA Board of Directors meeting, the Board approved revisions to the FLA's Principles.  The new Principles of Fair Labor and Responsible Sourcing and Production appear below, along with links to documents elaborating on the Principles' benchmarks, and summaries of the 2015 revisions.

Principles of Fair Labor and Responsible Sourcing

  1. Workplace Standards:  Company Affiliate establishes and commits to clear standards.
  2. Responsibility and Head Office/Regional Training:  Company Affiliate identifies and trains specific staff responsible for implementing workplace standards, and provides training to all head office and regional staff.
  3. Supplier Training:  Company Affiliate obtains commitment and trains relevant supplier management on workplace standards and tracks effectiveness of supplier workforce training.
  4. Functioning Grievance Mechanisms:  Company Affiliate ensures workers have access to functioning grievance mechanisms, which include multiple reporting channels of which at least one is confidential.
  5. Monitoring:  Company Affiliate conducts workplace standards compliance monitoring.
  6. Collection and Management of Compliance Information:  Company Affiliate collects, manages, and analyzes workplace standards compliance information.
  7. Timely and Preventative Remediation:  Company Affiliate works with suppliers to remediate in a timely way and preventative manner.
  8. Responsible Purchasing Practices:  Company Affiliate aligns planning and purchasing practices with commitment to workplace standards.
  9. Consultation with Civil Society:  Company Affiliate identifies, researches, and engages with relevant labor non-governmental organizations, trade unions, and other civil society institutions.
  10. Verification Requirements: Company Affiliate meets FLA verification and program requirements.
     

Principles of Fair Labor and Responsible Production

  1. Workplace Standards:  Company Affiliate establishes and commits to clear standards.
  2. Responsibility and Head Office Training:  Company Affiliate identifies and trains specific staff responsible for implementing workplace standards, and provides training to all head office staff.
  3. Production Staff Training:  Company Affiliate trains all management staff and employees at owned production sites on workplace standards and tracks effectiveness of training.
  4. Functioning Grievance Mechanisms:  Company Affiliate ensures workers have access to functioning grievance mechanisms, which include muliple reporting channels of which at least one is confidential.
  5. Monitoring:  Company Affiliate conducts workplace standards compliance monitoring.
  6. Collection and Management of Compliance Information:  Company Affiliate collects, manages, and analyzes workplace standards compliance information.
  7. Timely and Preventative Remediation:  Company Affiliate remediates in a timely and preventative manner.
  8. Responsible Production Practices:  Company Affiliate aligns sales and planning practices with commitment to workplace standards.
  9. Consultation with Civil Society:  Company Affiliate identifies, researches, and engages with relevant labor non-governmental organizations, trade unions, and other civil society institutions.
  10. Verification Requirements: Company Affiliate meets FLA verification and program requirements.