Transparency

 

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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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.

In November 2015, affiliated companies adidas-Group and Under Armour requested that the FLA engage an independent expert to examine freedom of association-related issues at the factory New Holland Nica (also known as New Holland Apparel S.A.), located in the Zona Franca Astro, Managua, Nicaragua. Adidas-Group and Under Armour are buyers from the facility.

On November 5, 2015, the FLA received a Third Party Complaint regarding freedom of association at a facility owned and operated by Hugo Boss in Izmir, Turkey.  The Teksif Union, which filed the complaint, alleged harassment of union members by management and that the dismissal of a union member in October 2015 was motivated by the worker's union activities.  Subsequently, the FLA received a second complaint, also from the Teksif Union, alleging that another union member had also been dismissed by Hugo Boss Izmir management because of his union activities.

On March 9, 2016, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) accepted for review a Third Party Complaint filed by the University of Washington regarding lack of payment of compensation and benefits at the factory Han Embroidery Ltd in Savar, Bangladesh. FLA-affiliated company Zephyr Graf-X sources from the factory Han Apparels Ltd (“Han Apparels”); Han Embroidery was a subcontracted embroidery factory to Han Apparels.

On November 11, 2015, the FLA accepted for review a complaint filed by a union representative about  a Guatemalan sewing factory that suddenly terminated its operations at the end of March 2015 without paying workers the required wages, beneifts, bonuses, and severance benefits. The complainant further alleged that FLA-affiliated company PVH was a buyer at the factory, as product under PVH’s brand Tommy Hilfiger was produced at the factory, though here was lack of clarity on whether the production was direct or licenced, or was authorized or unauthorized.

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...

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.

In November 2015, affiliated companies adidas-Group and Under Armour requested that the FLA engage an independent expert to examine freedom of association-related issues at the factory New Holland Nica (also known as New Holland Apparel S.A.), located in the Zona Franca Astro, Managua, Nicaragua. Adidas-Group and Under Armour are buyers from the facility.

On November 5, 2015, the FLA received a Third Party Complaint regarding freedom of association at a facility owned and operated by Hugo Boss in Izmir, Turkey.  The Teksif Union, which filed the complaint, alleged harassment of union members by management and that the dismissal of a union member in October 2015 was motivated by the worker's union activities.  Subsequently, the FLA received a second complaint, also from the Teksif Union, alleging that another union member had also been dismissed by Hugo Boss Izmir management because of his union activities.

On March 9, 2016, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) accepted for review a Third Party Complaint filed by the University of Washington regarding lack of payment of compensation and benefits at the factory Han Embroidery Ltd in Savar, Bangladesh. FLA-affiliated company Zephyr Graf-X sources from the factory Han Apparels Ltd (“Han Apparels”); Han Embroidery was a subcontracted embroidery factory to Han Apparels.

On November 11, 2015, the FLA accepted for review a complaint filed by a union representative about  a Guatemalan sewing factory that suddenly terminated its operations at the end of March 2015 without paying workers the required wages, beneifts, bonuses, and severance benefits. The complainant further alleged that FLA-affiliated company PVH was a buyer at the factory, as product under PVH’s brand Tommy Hilfiger was produced at the factory, though here was lack of clarity on whether the production was direct or licenced, or was authorized or unauthorized.