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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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On December 15, 2016, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) received a Third Party Complaint from the Federación Sindical de El Salvador (FESS) alleging violations of labor standards and of the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct at the factory Style Avenue, located in San Salvador, El Salvador.  FLA-affiliated companies Outerstuff and College Kids were sourcing from the factory at the time of the complaint, and conducted an assessment using an independent monitoring organization that is frequently used by FLA brands active in El Salvador.  

On August 8, 2015, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) accepted for review a Third Party Complaint filed by a representative of the union Sindicato Salvadoreño de Industrias Textiles y Similares (SSINT), a union undergoing the legal registration process as the time the complaint was filed. The complainant alleged that the factory Apple Tree El Salvador S.A. violated the right of freedom of association of a worker who was dismissed by the factory despite the worker enjoying fuero sindical protection provided by national law to workers who are founders of a labor union. 

On March 7, 2016, the newly-formed Carlos Fonseca Amador union at Troon Manufacturing (also known as Pinehurst Nicaragua), located in Tipitapa, Nicaragua, filed a Third Party Complaint with the Fair Labor Association (FLA).  The union alleged a number of violations of freedom of association, including management favoring one worker’s organization over another and interfering in the formation of a union; discrimination in hiring against union members; a bonus system that discriminates against certain workers; and verbal abuse and harassment by supervisors and members of the management team a

On February 21, 2016, the Deriteks trade union in Turkey filed a Third Party Complaint with the FLA regarding the factory Aydinli Deri Konfekslyon San. ve Tic, S.A. located in Istanbul, Turkey.  FLA-affiliated company Hugo Boss was actively sourcing from the factory at the time of the complaint.

During the week of July 4, 2016, the FLA conducted a comprehensive assessment of working conditions at the factory complex Hansae Vietnam Co. Ltd, located in Ho Chi Minh City. The factories in the Hansae complex produce a range of apparel products for the international market. At the time of the assessment, Hansae employed approximately 9,000 workers in 12 manufacturing factories or workshops.

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...

On December 15, 2016, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) received a Third Party Complaint from the Federación Sindical de El Salvador (FESS) alleging violations of labor standards and of the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct at the factory Style Avenue, located in San Salvador, El Salvador.  FLA-affiliated companies Outerstuff and College Kids were sourcing from the factory at the time of the complaint, and conducted an assessment using an independent monitoring organization that is frequently used by FLA brands active in El Salvador.  

On August 8, 2015, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) accepted for review a Third Party Complaint filed by a representative of the union Sindicato Salvadoreño de Industrias Textiles y Similares (SSINT), a union undergoing the legal registration process as the time the complaint was filed. The complainant alleged that the factory Apple Tree El Salvador S.A. violated the right of freedom of association of a worker who was dismissed by the factory despite the worker enjoying fuero sindical protection provided by national law to workers who are founders of a labor union. 

On February 21, 2016, the Deriteks trade union in Turkey filed a Third Party Complaint with the FLA regarding the factory Aydinli Deri Konfekslyon San. ve Tic, S.A. located in Istanbul, Turkey.  FLA-affiliated company Hugo Boss was actively sourcing from the factory at the time of the complaint.

On March 7, 2016, the newly-formed Carlos Fonseca Amador union at Troon Manufacturing (also known as Pinehurst Nicaragua), located in Tipitapa, Nicaragua, filed a Third Party Complaint with the Fair Labor Association (FLA).  The union alleged a number of violations of freedom of association, including management favoring one worker’s organization over another and interfering in the formation of a union; discrimination in hiring against union members; a bonus system that discriminates against certain workers; and verbal abuse and harassment by supervisors and members of the management team a

During the week of July 4, 2016, the FLA conducted a comprehensive assessment of working conditions at the factory complex Hansae Vietnam Co. Ltd, located in Ho Chi Minh City. The factories in the Hansae complex produce a range of apparel products for the international market. At the time of the assessment, Hansae employed approximately 9,000 workers in 12 manufacturing factories or workshops.