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Assessments

Affiliates may request assessments in addition to FLA's standard monitoring. FLA also assesses compliance programs of Participating Companies, accrediting those in substantial compliance with FLA's Code.

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Tracking Charts

Since 2002, FLA has conducted more than 1,500 unannounced factory visits throughout the supply chains of company affiliates. The results of these assessments are publicly available.

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Safeguards

FLA's transparent and effective process for handling third party complaints and investigations addresses workers' rights violations flagged by union representatives, workers, or local CSOs.

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The FLA administered a Special Independent Investigation, consistent with its established Safeguards procedures, regarding allegations of violation of freedom of association rights of the workers in Crescent Konfeksiyon Ürünleri Pazarlama San. Dış Tic. A.Ş., which produces coats, jackets and trousers for men; and shorts, coats, jackets, skirts, trousers, shirts, and blouses for women.

In March 2018, the FLA received a Third Party Complaint from the Tekgida-IS trade union (Tekgida) in Turkey concerning allegations of noncompliance with ILO Conventions 87 and 98 (freedom of association and the right to organize and bargain collectively) and, by extension, relevant provisions in the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct and Benchmarks at the Progida production facility in Piraziz / Giresun owned and operated by Olam Group (Olam), an FLA-affiliated company.  Olam had acquired the Progida Group, a leading hazelnut exporter with headquarters  in Istanbul, in 2011, including this proce

On February 6, 2019, the Fair Labor Association received a Third Party Complaint from several former workers at the C.S.A. Guatemala S.A. factory requesting that the FLA investigate allegations concerning noncompliance with the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct and Benchmarks concerning a number of issues relating to Freedom of Association (including with respect to alleged wrongful dismissals), Compensation and payment of benefits, and the overall Employment Relationship.  FLA affiliated company Hanesbrands and non-affiliated company Gap, Inc.

In February 2018, affiliated Participating Companies Nike Inc. and Under Armour Inc. requested that the Fair Labor Association\ conduct a safeguards investigation at the factory New Holland Apparel de Nicaragua, S.A. The brands requested that the FLA engage an independent expert to investigate allegations of violations of freedom of association -- particularly with regard to the dismissal of a union leader who had employment protection -- as well as of other labor standards.

On December 17, 2017, the union Sindicato de Trabajadores de la Empresa Delta Apparel Honduras filed a Third Party Complaint with the Fair Labor Association (FLA) alleging violations of the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct at the factory Delta Apparel Honduras, located in the Zip Buena Vista industrial park, Villanueva, Honduras.  The Complaint alleged a range of violations of the Code, primarily with respect to Compliance Benchmarks related to wages and benefits, hours of work, and industrial relations issues.

EA works with a supplier factory in Mexico to protect worker health and safety and remedy issues related to wages and benefits following an FLA assessment.

Acushnet Company works with supplier in Thailand to protect workers' rights to freedom of association following an FLA assessment.

Following an FLA assessment, VF Corporation works with supplier in El Salvador to ensure accurate compensation for overtime work.

adidas and Nike work with a Vietnamese apparel supplier to prevent forced labor, respect freedom of association, and protect the health and safety of the factory's 2,275 workers following an FLA assessment.

adidas and Forty Seven Brand work with supplier in Bangladesh to prevent discrimination against pregnant women following an FLA assessment.

Across the globe, millions of men and women migrate in order to find jobs. Many of them provide for their families by working in factories to manufacture clothing and footwear for some of the largest international brands. While some of these workers are successful in finding suitable employment, many others face difficulties ranging from homesickness to bad working conditions, and may even be forced into trafficking – otherwise known as modern-day slavery. Notre Dame students attend the FLA forum to learn more about labor conditions in apparel supply chains The FLA hosted a...
In February, FLA President & CEO Auret van Heerden participated in a workshop – Company Responsibilities in Countries with Human Rights Challenges – organized by the Business Humanitarian Forum and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. The event was held against the backdrop of the recently published draft report “Guiding Principles for the Implementation of the United Nations ‘Protect, Respect and Remedy’ Framework” by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Business and Human Rights, Professor John Ruggie. Auret...

The FLA administered a Special Independent Investigation, consistent with its established Safeguards procedures, regarding allegations of violation of freedom of association rights of the workers in Crescent Konfeksiyon Ürünleri Pazarlama San. Dış Tic. A.Ş., which produces coats, jackets and trousers for men; and shorts, coats, jackets, skirts, trousers, shirts, and blouses for women.

In March 2018, the FLA received a Third Party Complaint from the Tekgida-IS trade union (Tekgida) in Turkey concerning allegations of noncompliance with ILO Conventions 87 and 98 (freedom of association and the right to organize and bargain collectively) and, by extension, relevant provisions in the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct and Benchmarks at the Progida production facility in Piraziz / Giresun owned and operated by Olam Group (Olam), an FLA-affiliated company.  Olam had acquired the Progida Group, a leading hazelnut exporter with headquarters  in Istanbul, in 2011, including this proce

On February 6, 2019, the Fair Labor Association received a Third Party Complaint from several former workers at the C.S.A. Guatemala S.A. factory requesting that the FLA investigate allegations concerning noncompliance with the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct and Benchmarks concerning a number of issues relating to Freedom of Association (including with respect to alleged wrongful dismissals), Compensation and payment of benefits, and the overall Employment Relationship.  FLA affiliated company Hanesbrands and non-affiliated company Gap, Inc.

In February 2018, affiliated Participating Companies Nike Inc. and Under Armour Inc. requested that the Fair Labor Association\ conduct a safeguards investigation at the factory New Holland Apparel de Nicaragua, S.A. The brands requested that the FLA engage an independent expert to investigate allegations of violations of freedom of association -- particularly with regard to the dismissal of a union leader who had employment protection -- as well as of other labor standards.

On December 17, 2017, the union Sindicato de Trabajadores de la Empresa Delta Apparel Honduras filed a Third Party Complaint with the Fair Labor Association (FLA) alleging violations of the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct at the factory Delta Apparel Honduras, located in the Zip Buena Vista industrial park, Villanueva, Honduras.  The Complaint alleged a range of violations of the Code, primarily with respect to Compliance Benchmarks related to wages and benefits, hours of work, and industrial relations issues.