Supply Chain Innovation

Fruit of the Loom

Russell Brands/Fruit of the Loom. Russell Athletic, Fruit of the Loom and Vanity Fair Brands products. Russell Brands' compliance program is accredited by FLA.

From the Russell Brands/Fruit of the Loom website: In 2002, our Russell Brands, LLC subsidiary furthered its commitment to supply chain accountability by becoming an FLA affiliated company, subject to all FLA compliance criteria including annual unannounced assessments at manufacturing facilities. Russell Brands' labor compliance program has been accredited as being in substantial compliance with the FLA's Workplace Code of Conduct.

On November 7, 2008, FLA announced an investigation into the closure of the Jerzees de Honduras (JDH) factory owned by participating company Russell Corporation, after allegations surfaced that the closure may have be in violation of employees' Freedom of Association. Over the next few months, FLA-accredited independent external monitor ALGI conducted audits in Honduras, and in January, 2009, FLA released its report. In February, 2009, FLA Board members reccommended nine additional steps that Russell Corp. should take to remedy the issue.

On May 27, 2008, FLA published a Second Interim Summary Report providing information on all activities related to a Third Party Complaint (3PC) initially filed on December 8, 2005 by Christliche Initiative Romero (CRI) regarding Hermosa Manufacturing in El Salvador. FLA affiliate companies adidas, Nike, Inc. and Russell Athletics sourced from the factory at the time the 3PC was filed. CIR alleged workers were owed wage, overtime and severance payments from the sudden closure of Hermosa Manufacturing in May 2005.