|A factory employee at a garment facility in India (Photo: Tina Chee)|
On October 7th, 2016, the FLA Board of Directors voted to approve the reaccreditation of Mountain Equipment Co-op’s (MEC) labor compliance program.
When joining the FLA, Participating Companies and Participating Suppliers commit to implementing the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct, which aims to ensure “respectful and ethical treatment of workers” and “promotes sustainable conditions through which workers earn fair wages in safe and healthy workplaces.” The Principles of Fair Labor and Responsible Sourcing / Production serve as the standards upon which Participating Companies and Participating Suppliers are assessed towards an accreditation of their labor compliance program.
Participating Companies and Participating Suppliers with accredited compliance programs have demonstrated that they have the systems and procedures in place needed to successfully uphold fair labor standards throughout their supply chains. In assessing for reaccreditation, the FLA looks for continued implementation of the workplace standards and focuses on key components that support the FLA’s mission to improve workers’ lives worldwide, focusing on implementation of responsible purchasing practices, civil society engagement, remediation efforts, and program innovations.
MEC's reaccreditation covers the period from 2013 to 2016. Upon affiliation, MEC’s applicable facility scope included MEC-branded apparel, accessories, and some hard goods. In 2014, MEC included its remaining MEC-branded suppliers by adding its bicycle and sunglasses suppliers to the FLA factory list, increasing its total number of suppliers from 34 to 66. From 2013 to 2016, MEC received three SCI assessments in India and China. In 2015, the FLA conducted MEC’s headquarter assessment for reaccreditation in Vancouver, Canada and reviewed a 2015 SCI assessment as a "verification assessment." In 2016, MEC received one SCI verification assessment in China and is scheduled for an SCI assessment in Taiwan.
The full reaccreditation report below includes commendation for MEC's strengths, including its collaborative efforts to improve working conditions with other brands, service providers, and multi-stakeholder organizations, and its commitment to responsible purchasing practices, along with recommendations for further strengthening of its social compliance program.