Supply Chain Innovation

Gildan Activewear Inc.

Gildan apparel and GoldToe socks. Gildan Activewear Inc.'s compliance program is accredited by FLA.

From the Gildan Activewear Inc. website: A key element in demonstrating our commitment to being a socially responsible employer in all our geographical hubs is the successful implementation of our Social Compliance Program for labour practices and working conditions. This program is designed to ensure that, at a minimum, all facilities comply with our own strict internal Code of Conduct, local and international laws, and the codes to which we adhere, including those of Worldwide Responsible Apparel Production (WRAP) and Fair Labor Association (FLA). When external suppliers are being used, they must also adhere to these codes. This is, in fact, a condition for doing business with us.

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – October 22, 2018 – Today, 123 apparel and footwear companies signed the new “AAFA/FLA Apparel & Footwear Industry Commitment to Responsible Recruitment,” reflecting the industry’s commitment to the fair treatment of workers in the global apparel, footwear, and travel goods supply chain. Developed in conjunction with the American Apparel & Footwear Association and the Fair Labor Association, the Commitment is a proactive industry effort to address potential forced labor risks for migrant workers in the global supply chain. Each...
Authored by Marsha Dickson, PhD How many young fashion designers graduate and take their first jobs having had the opportunity to visit an apparel factory? As a professor of fashion and apparel studies involved with several different design programs over the last two decades, my educated guess is that “virtually none” have had this experience. This number is even smaller when asked if the apparel factory is in one of the developing countries where over 95% of clothing sold in the United States is manufactured. Yet despite very limited exposure to the factory environment and the...

On July 8, 2019, the Fair Labor Association received a Third Party Complaint (TPC) from the union Sindicato de Trabajadores de Star (SITRASTAR) with respect to the then-pending closure of the Star S.A. facility in El Progreso, Yoro Department, Honduras, a facility owned and operated by the FLA-affiliated company Gildan. The TPC followed on prior communications from SITRASTAR providing information and raising concerns about the plans for the facility’s closure.

The Fair Labor Association's board of directors voted to re-accredit the social compliance program of Gildan Activewear, Inc., in June 2019 after the company demonstrated in a lengthy review that it has policies and practices in place to identify and remediate unfair labor practices in its global supply chain. Gildan is a global activewear company headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, with owned manufacturing and assembly operations in Central America, the Caribbean Basin, Mexico, Bangladesh and the United States. The company also sources from Asia and Latin America.

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.

In June 2012, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) was notified of worker unrest at Star S.A. in El Progreso, Honduras. This unrest began on May 3, 2012, when the factory was acquired from Anvil Holdings by Gildan Activewear Inc. (“Gildan”), a FLA-affiliated company. To get a thorough understanding of the situation on the ground, the FLA commissioned COVERCO, an accredited independent NGO monitoring organization, to conduct an exploratory investigation to ascertain changes in workplace environment occurring during the ownership transition.

On January 10, 2011, FLA issued a report on a Third Party Complaint (3PC) from the SITRAGILDAN union, affiliated with the union federation FEDOTRAZONAS, at FLA affiliated company Gildan Activewear Inc.'s Gildan Activewear Dominican Republic factory (Dortex-Gildan). The 3PC alleged a range of noncompliances with the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct at the factory, in particular with the Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining elements. At Step 2 of the FLA 3PC procedure, Gildan elected to internally investigate the allegations raised in the complaint.