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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 6, 2017, the Fair Labor Association (“FLA”) initiated a Third Party Complaint from the Union of the Textile, Similar and Related Industries of El Salvador (“SITSCES”), affiliated with the Union Federation of El Salvador (“FESS”).  FESS/SITSCES alleged violations of labor standards and of the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct at the factory Apple Tree S.A. de C.V., located in San Salvador, El Salvador.  FLA-affiliated companies Dallas Cowboys Merchandising, Delta Apparel, and VF Corporation were sourcing from the factory at the time of the Complaint.

The Fair Wear Foundation (FWF), a non-profit organization based in the Netherlands engaged in improving workplace conditions for garment workers, informed the FLA of allegations concerning violations of freedom of association at VT Group, a Participating Supplier of the FLA.  At the time of the complaint, FLA-affiliated companies Patagonia and adidas were sourcing from Sawbwa VT.

On December 18, 2017, the FLA accepted for review a Third Party Complaint filed by a worker – who requested anonymity -- at Brooklyn Manufacturing in El Salvador, making a number of allegations regarding violations of the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct at the factory.  Brooklyn is affiliated with the FLA as a Participating Supplier.  An assessment by Brooklyn management corroborated some of the allegations in the Third Party Complaint but not others.

On July 25, 2017, the FLA accepted for review a Third Party Complaint filed by the Garment Labour Union in Karnataka, India  with regard to the factory Triangle Apparels, Unit VI, in Karnataka, India.  FLA-affiliated companies adidas Group and Puma were sourcing from the factory at the time of the complaint.  The summary report explains the corrective action plans developed by factory management with support from adidas and Puma, and provides a comparison of findings from this complaint investigation with the results of an FLA assessment at the same facility in November of 2016. 

On November 5, 2017, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) received a Third Party Complaint from the Deriteks union in Turkey regarding the factory Akin Corap, located in Giresun, Turkey.  The union alleged that factory management had carried out illegal dismissals of union members and engaged in other anti-union practices.  The factory was a supplier of socks to FLA-affiliated brand Hugo Boss as well as to other buyers.

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 6, 2017, the Fair Labor Association (“FLA”) initiated a Third Party Complaint from the Union of the Textile, Similar and Related Industries of El Salvador (“SITSCES”), affiliated with the Union Federation of El Salvador (“FESS”).  FESS/SITSCES alleged violations of labor standards and of the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct at the factory Apple Tree S.A. de C.V., located in San Salvador, El Salvador.  FLA-affiliated companies Dallas Cowboys Merchandising, Delta Apparel, and VF Corporation were sourcing from the factory at the time of the Complaint.

The Fair Wear Foundation (FWF), a non-profit organization based in the Netherlands engaged in improving workplace conditions for garment workers, informed the FLA of allegations concerning violations of freedom of association at VT Group, a Participating Supplier of the FLA.  At the time of the complaint, FLA-affiliated companies Patagonia and adidas were sourcing from Sawbwa VT.

On December 18, 2017, the FLA accepted for review a Third Party Complaint filed by a worker – who requested anonymity -- at Brooklyn Manufacturing in El Salvador, making a number of allegations regarding violations of the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct at the factory.  Brooklyn is affiliated with the FLA as a Participating Supplier.  An assessment by Brooklyn management corroborated some of the allegations in the Third Party Complaint but not others.

On July 25, 2017, the FLA accepted for review a Third Party Complaint filed by the Garment Labour Union in Karnataka, India  with regard to the factory Triangle Apparels, Unit VI, in Karnataka, India.  FLA-affiliated companies adidas Group and Puma were sourcing from the factory at the time of the complaint.  The summary report explains the corrective action plans developed by factory management with support from adidas and Puma, and provides a comparison of findings from this complaint investigation with the results of an FLA assessment at the same facility in November of 2016. 

On November 5, 2017, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) received a Third Party Complaint from the Deriteks union in Turkey regarding the factory Akin Corap, located in Giresun, Turkey.  The union alleged that factory management had carried out illegal dismissals of union members and engaged in other anti-union practices.  The factory was a supplier of socks to FLA-affiliated brand Hugo Boss as well as to other buyers.