New FLA Report Highlights Effective Interventions that Promote Decent Work

Thursday, June 13, 2019

WASHINGTON – In a new report, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) outlines the findings of research to test interventions designed to protect workers in the supply chains of three affiliates. The evaluation, called a social impact assessment, included interventions executed by Nestlé and its two suppliers, Balsu and Olam, in the hazelnut supply chain in Turkey and identified the most effective at upholding workers’ rights.

Factory Compliance Training Sessions in August & September

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The myriad of corporate responsibility requirements, local laws and other labor standards may seem daunting to some factory managers, but industry leaders understand that social compliance is essential to sustainable and profitable business.

FLA is pleased to offer these upcoming training sessions for factory management on how to tackle the many compliance issues and risks that can arise - or may already exist - at their facilities. Training certificates will be provided to each participant upon successful completion of a training.

FLA Hosts Training on Wage Issues in China

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

On January 3 and 4, 2012, FLA hosted a training session in Shenzhen, China, for accredited monitoring organizations and others wishing to learn more about the Fair Wage Approach developed by Daniel Vaughn-Whitehead of the ILO. During the training, attendees debated the piece rate payment system that is widely used in Chinese factories. This system pays employees per garment produced and is often implemented because it seems transparent and easily understood by both workers and managers.

Examining the Impact of Long Hours on Factory Workers

Friday, September 23, 2011

FLA’s research, assessments and surveys over the past two years confirm that excessive working hours have a negative impact on workers, often resulting in physical and psychological stress for workers and increased worker turnover. FLA surveys in China found that an estimated 50 percent of workers in the garment industry and 80 percent in electronics manufacturing work more than 60 hours per week, and an estimated 80 percent regularly work more than 7 days in a row. Even more alarming is the fact that 20 percent sometimes work more than 24 consecutive days without a day of rest.

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