Based on FLA’s internationally-recognized standards, the FLA Agriculture Program is designed to verify and strengthen working conditions in the agricultural tiers of a company’s global supply chain.
A robust, multi-year process involving high-risk commodities and countries of operation, the Agriculture Program uses milestones to mark key progress in line with their Fair Labor Practices for Agricultural Supply Chains.
FLA agriculture standards
FLA Fair Labor Code and Compliance Benchmarks for Agriculture
Agricultural Supply Chains Principles for Responsible Sourcing
FLA agriculture assessments
Steps toward accreditation for agriculture companies
Milestone 1: Governance and Internal Alignment
After onboarding and in consultation with international civil society organizations, the company has developed headquarters and country-level management systems to oversee the implementation of labor standards for commodities in scope; the company has also developed a time-bound plan for achieving full supply chain traceability and publicly disclosed their sourcing profile for the in-scope commodities.
Milestone 2: Implementation and Monitoring
The company continues to implement the FLA’s Principles at the country level with support from the headquarters. The company has expanded the traceability of its supply chain for the commodity and countries in scope. With training from FLA and in consultation with local civil society partners, the company has developed farm-level monitoring tools, sampling, and monitoring methodology; and they have initiated assessments at sample farms. The company has also established functioning grievance mechanisms and additional safety nets for the farmworkers.
Milestone 3: Review and Improvement
The company continues to implement the FLA’s Principles at the country level with support from the headquarters. The company has expanded the traceability of its supply chain for the commodity and high-risk countries in scope. With training from FLA and in consultation with local civil society partners, the company is implementing corrective action plans and country-level systems based on the gender-disaggregated data collected via monitoring mechanisms developed in Milestone 2.
Milestone 4: Full Implementation and Integration
The company is implementing all 10 FLA Principles—pertaining to Governance, Monitoring, and Remediation—in all high-risk countries for the commodity in scope.
Milestone 5: Maintenance
The company has achieved full traceability for the commodity that is being accredited and is implementing all FLA Principles in all the countries, including high- and low-risk countries, for the commodity in scope. For low-risk countries, the company implements a subset of the FLA Principles. The company’s global commodity program is accredited and it moves to ongoing maintenance of the systems developed and verified in Milestones 1 to 4.