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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On November 2, 2013, the Sindicato de Trabajadores de Hilandería de Algodón Peruano S.A. (Union of Workers of Hilandería de Algodón Peruano S.A) filed a Third Party Complaint with the Fair Labor Association (FLA) regarding the factory Hilandería de Algodón Peruano S.A. (“HIALPESA”). The factory is located in the District San Juan Lurigancho, in Lima, Peru. The complaint alleged violations of the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct with respect to terms of employment, safety and health, and freedom of association. FLA Participating Company New Balance sources from HIALPESA.

On August 22, 2013, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) received a Third Party Complaint from an individual who elected to remain anonymous regarding a facility operated by Underground Printing, a Category C Licensee of the FLA. The facility is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Third Party Complaint alleged noncompliances with Compliance Benchmarks related to the Employment Relationship, Safety and Health, Hours of Work and Compensation elements of the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct.

Between October 28 and November 8, 2013, independent labor monitoring organizations engaged by the FLA returned to the three Foxconn facilities in Longhua, Guanlan and Chengdu to verify the implementation status of remedial action items from January through June of 2013. This was the third and final verification of the robust 15-month action plan Apple and Foxconn created in response to the findings from FLA’s full body scan of working conditions and compliance with Chinese labor laws at these Foxconn facilities in the first quarter of 2012.

On November 30, 2010, the Collective of Honduran Women (Colectiva de Mujeres Hondureñas, CODEMUH) filed a Third Party Complaint with the Fair Labor Association (FLA) with respect to ergonomics at facilities in Honduras owned and operated by Hanesbrands.

On February 8, 2011, the Collective of Honduran Women (Colectiva de Mujeres Hondureñas, CODEMUH) filed a Third Party Complaint with the Fair Labor Association (FLA) with respect to ergonomics at facilities in Honduras owned and operated by Gildan Activewear.

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 November 2, 2013, the Sindicato de Trabajadores de Hilandería de Algodón Peruano S.A. (Union of Workers of Hilandería de Algodón Peruano S.A) filed a Third Party Complaint with the Fair Labor Association (FLA) regarding the factory Hilandería de Algodón Peruano S.A. (“HIALPESA”). The factory is located in the District San Juan Lurigancho, in Lima, Peru. The complaint alleged violations of the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct with respect to terms of employment, safety and health, and freedom of association. FLA Participating Company New Balance sources from HIALPESA.

On August 22, 2013, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) received a Third Party Complaint from an individual who elected to remain anonymous regarding a facility operated by Underground Printing, a Category C Licensee of the FLA. The facility is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Third Party Complaint alleged noncompliances with Compliance Benchmarks related to the Employment Relationship, Safety and Health, Hours of Work and Compensation elements of the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct.

On April 3, 2013, FLA commissioned Comisión para la Verificación de Códigos de Conducta (COVERCO) to investigate allegations by the labor union federation “Federación Dominicana de Trabajadores de Zonas Francas, Industrias Diversas y de Servicios” (FEDOTRAZONAS) that workers' freedom of association had been violated at the factory JoeAnne Dominicana in the Dominican Republic.

On May 10, 2013, FLA commissioned Comisión para la Verificación de Códigos de Conducta (COVERCO) to investigate allegations by the union Sindicato de Trabajadoras, Trabajadores, Sastres, Costureras y Similares (SITRASACOSI) that workers' freedom of association had been violated at the Textiles Opico, S.A de C.V. (TEXOPS) factory in El Salvador.

Between October 28 and November 8, 2013, independent labor monitoring organizations engaged by the FLA returned to the three Foxconn facilities in Longhua, Guanlan and Chengdu to verify the implementation status of remedial action items from January through June of 2013. This was the third and final verification of the robust 15-month action plan Apple and Foxconn created in response to the findings from FLA’s full body scan of working conditions and compliance with Chinese labor laws at these Foxconn facilities in the first quarter of 2012.