Accreditation Assessment of the Social Compliance Program Followed by Gore Bike and Running Wear

Publication date: 
Friday, February 17, 2017
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Quality inspection at a contract facility in Myanmar for 
GORE BIKE WEAR® & GORE RUNNING WEAR®.

The FLA Board of Directors voted on February 8, 2017 to approve the accreditation of the social compliance program followed by GORE BIKE WEAR® & GORE RUNNING WEAR®. Details on FLA's accreditation methodology can be found at www.fairlabor.org/accreditation.

These Gore apparel brands' accreditation comes after the FLA has conducted four SCI assessments (two in China and one each in Turkey and Myanmar), two field visits to shadow internal audits in China and Turkey, and one headquarter visit to Germany.  The FLA accreditation report specifically recognizes these brands' development of a responsible sourcing policy and supplier scorecard, and emphasis on remediation and collaborative supplier relationships.

The complex and ever-evolving nature of global supply chains make it impossible to guarantee that a product is made in conditions free of labor rights violations. For this reason, FLA does not certify brands. Instead, the FLA evaluates companies at the headquarter level – in addition to standard factory-level due diligence activities that are conducted annually – to determine whether they have social compliance systems in place to proactively identify and address risks or instances of noncompliance.  Please find the full report linked below, including areas of strength and areas for improvement of the social compliance program followed by GORE BIKE WEAR® & GORE RUNNING WEAR®

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