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Jerzees de Honduras in Honduras

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Friday, November 7, 2008

On November 7, 2008, FLA announced an investigation into the closure of the Jerzees de Honduras (JDH) factory owned by participating company Russell Corporation, after allegations surfaced that the closure may have be in violation of employees' Freedom of Association. Over the next few months, FLA-accredited independent external monitor ALGI conducted audits in Honduras, and in January, 2009, FLA released its report. In February, 2009, FLA Board members reccommended nine additional steps that Russell Corp. should take to remedy the issue. In April, the company responded by detailing the actions it took to address the closure. Due to remaining concerns about Russell Corp.'s remediation of issues stemming from the closure of JDH, the FLA Board adopted a resolution to place the company on a period of special review. On December 2, 2009, after the Commission for the Verification of Corporate Codes of Conduct (COVERCO) conducted its own reviews - and found the company to be in compliance with FLA standards - FLA restored Russell Corp.'s status as a Participating Company.

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