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Mountain Equipment Co-op

MEC Brand Products. MEC's compliance program is accredited by FLA.

From the Mountain Equipment Co-op website: Our goal is to make affordable, quality products. Central to this goal is our core belief that our gear be made in a way that respects the people who manufacture it.

Twenty-three companies and civil society organizations jointly signed a letter to urge the government of Cambodia to take specific, concrete, and time-bound steps to bring Cambodia in line with international labor standards.

The letter details requests that Cambodia amend its Trade Union Law, repeal the Law of Associations and NGOs, drop all outstanding criminal charges against union leaders, and respect and foster the role of the Arbitration Council. Specifically, the letter calls on the Cambodian government to:

Twenty-one major U.S., Canadian, European, and Hong Kong brands joined to call on Cambodia's prime minister to respond to concerns raised through multiple channels with government leaders.

Twenty-three companies and civil society organizations jointly signed a letter to urge the government of Cambodia to take specific, concrete, and time-bound steps to bring Cambodia in line with international labor standards. The letter details requests that Cambodia amend its Trade Union Law, repeal the Law of Associations and NGOs, drop all outstanding criminal charges against union leaders, and respect and foster the role of the Arbitration Council. Specifically, the letter calls on the Cambodian government to: Amend the Trade Union Law. The amendments promulgated on January 3...
Twenty-one major U.S., Canadian, European, and Hong Kong brands joined to call on Cambodia's prime minister to respond to concerns raised through multiple channels with government leaders. In a May 2, 2019 letter the companies expressed their growing concern regarding the labor and human rights situation in Cambodia, which threatens trade preferences for Cambodia. The European Union’s February 11 decision to review Cambodia’s Everything But Arms benefits, and recently introduced legislation in the U.S. Congress to review Cambodia’s Generalized System of Preferences...
(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...
The RESPECT Project is an initiative of the European Commission, supported by FLA, which encourages buyers and suppliers to engage in more responsible purchasing practices. In support of this project, FLA conducted an online survey among 25 buyers and 30 suppliers from various sectors throughout Asia, Central America, the Middle East and Bulgaria. Several FLA affiliates – including Zephyr Graf-X, adidas Group, Patagonia, Mountain Equipment Co-op, New Wave, The s. Oliver Group, and prAna – participated in the survey. Of the Buyers: 100% have a dedicated department in...

The Fair Labor Association (FLA), Fair Wear Foundation, Social Accountability International, and five affiliates sourcing from Cambodia have written to the Cambodian prime minister, expressing concern about recent developments related to the country’s minimum wage law, arbitration council, trade union law, and commitment to workers’ freedom of association. 

On October 7th, 2016, the FLA Board of Directors voted to approve the reaccreditation of Mountain Equipment Co-op’s (MEC) labor compliance program.  MEC's reaccreditation covers the period from 2013 to 2016.  The full reaccreditation report includes commendation for MEC's strengths, along with recommendations for further enhancement of its social compliance program.

MEC is a member-owned retail cooperative headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia. Since 1971, the company has served the Canadian outdoor gear market by selling outdoor equipment to its growing membership. Charter-established values of quality, integrity, cooperation, creativity, leadership, sustainability, stewardship, humanity and adventure drive the direction of the organization and draw new customers to its membership. In 1971, the co-op had six members; today MEC serves 3.9 million members in retail stores in Canada and globally via the Internet.