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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 14, 2016, the Fair Labor Association accepted for review a Third Party Complaint filed by the Federación Sindical de El Salvador (FESS) with regard to the factory L.D. El Salvador S.A. de C.V.  The complainant alleged a number of violations of the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct at L.D. with respect to freedom of association, health and safety, hours of work, and compensation. 

On August 2, 2016, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) instituted a Third Party Complaint investigation with respect to the factory C.S.A. Guatemala Sociedad Anónima located in Guatemala City.  The complaint, filed by the Ad Hoc Committee of United Workers of the Enterprise C.S.A. Guatemala Sociedad Anónima, alleged a range of worker rights violations, centering on freedom of association.  The allegations appeared to violate a number of Compliance Benchmarks associated with FLA Code Elements on Freedom of Association, Harassment or Abuse, Hours of Work, and Compensation.

On August 10, 2015, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) received a Third Party Complaint from the Sindicato de Trabajadores Obreros de Topy Top S.A. (SINTOTTSA) in Peru.  The union alleged a series of violations of worker rights, principally freedom of association and anti-union discrimination, at the factory Topy Top S.A.

On February 10, 2017, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) received a Third Party Complaint from the Sindicato de Trabajadoras, Trabajadores, Sastres, Costureras y Similares (SITRASACOSI) at the factory Textiles Opico S.A. de C.V. (hereinafter TEXOPS) in El Salvador. TEXOPS has been a Participating Supplier of the FLA since June 2012.

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.  

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 14, 2016, the Fair Labor Association accepted for review a Third Party Complaint filed by the Federación Sindical de El Salvador (FESS) with regard to the factory L.D. El Salvador S.A. de C.V.  The complainant alleged a number of violations of the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct at L.D. with respect to freedom of association, health and safety, hours of work, and compensation. 

On August 2, 2016, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) instituted a Third Party Complaint investigation with respect to the factory C.S.A. Guatemala Sociedad Anónima located in Guatemala City.  The complaint, filed by the Ad Hoc Committee of United Workers of the Enterprise C.S.A. Guatemala Sociedad Anónima, alleged a range of worker rights violations, centering on freedom of association.  The allegations appeared to violate a number of Compliance Benchmarks associated with FLA Code Elements on Freedom of Association, Harassment or Abuse, Hours of Work, and Compensation.

On August 10, 2015, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) received a Third Party Complaint from the Sindicato de Trabajadores Obreros de Topy Top S.A. (SINTOTTSA) in Peru.  The union alleged a series of violations of worker rights, principally freedom of association and anti-union discrimination, at the factory Topy Top S.A.

On February 10, 2017, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) received a Third Party Complaint from the Sindicato de Trabajadoras, Trabajadores, Sastres, Costureras y Similares (SITRASACOSI) at the factory Textiles Opico S.A. de C.V. (hereinafter TEXOPS) in El Salvador. TEXOPS has been a Participating Supplier of the FLA since June 2012.

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.