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New Balance Athletics, Inc.

New Balance, PF Flyers, Warrior, and Brine. New Balance Athletics, Inc.'s compliance program is accredited by the FLA.

From the New Balance Athletics, Inc. website: The Supplier Code of Conduct defines our minimum expectations. We expect our suppliers to ensure that no exploitative conditions or unsafe working conditions exist at the facilities where our merchandise is manufactured. This Code of Conduct expresses the commitment of New Balance Athletics, Inc. to do business only with those manufacturers and suppliers that share its commitment to fair and safe labor practices.

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.

WASHINGTON, DC – The Fair Labor Association, a joint effort of universities, civil society organizations and socially responsible companies dedicated to protecting workers’ rights around the world, announced today the appointment of three new members to its board of directors.  Each new member will represent a sector of the organization’s membership. The new members include a former child worker form Bangladesh, the retail and licensing expert at California State University, Long Beach, and the head of traceability for outdoor brand Patagonia.

Raw materials supply chains are complex and often opaque. They may span multiple companies and can be difficult to trace. Companies’ efforts to ensure decent working conditions are focused mainly on their immediate suppliers. Typically, apparel and footwear companies focus on the finished goods produced in Tier 1 factories.

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, DC – The Fair Labor Association, a joint effort of universities, civil society organizations and socially responsible companies dedicated to protecting workers’ rights around the world, announced today the appointment of three new members to its board of directors.  Each new member will represent a sector of the organization’s membership. The new members include a former child worker form Bangladesh, the retail and licensing expert at California State University, Long Beach, and the head of traceability for outdoor brand Patagonia. “The strength...
WASHINGTON, DC – The Fair Labor Association (FLA) announced today the reaccreditation of the New Balance social compliance program, confirming that the company has policies and practices in place to monitor and remediate labor abuses in its global supply chain. New Balance will continue as one of the accredited companies in FLA’s network, which includes Adidas, Hanes, Nike, and Patagonia. New Balance earned its first FLA-accreditation in 2014. The company’s 2018 re-accreditation report is published here. The FLA accreditation program is considered the gold standard for a...
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – October 23, 2018 – Representatives from major apparel and footwear brands, led by the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) and the Fair Labor Association (FLA), met on October 19 with senior Cambodian government officials to discuss the current state of worker rights, and opportunities for enhanced collaboration in upholding worker rights throughout the Cambodian garment, footwear, and travel goods sector. They called on the government to drop criminal charges in the cases of several labor leaders, charges that have been pending for years and are...

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The FLA board of directors approved the reaccreditation of the New Balance labor compliance program in October 2018. This report reviews the company's changes and improvements since its 2014 accreditation and its reaccreditation assessment by the Fair Labor Association.

As explained by this FLA issue brief the never-increased 90s-era monthly minimum wage of 20 lari (around $8.50) for private sector workers in Georgia is grossly insufficient to maintain a decent standard of living in that country.  The Clean Clothes Campaign estimates that a living wage for a family of four is nearly 65 times that amount, while the US State Departmen

In April of 2014, workers at the Pou Chen Group, a Participating Supplier with the FLA, went on strike in Gaobu, Dongguan, China, protesting that Pou Chen was not making the contributions for social insurance and housing benfits employers are required to pay under Chinese national law.

On November 2, 2013, the Sindicato de Trabajadores de Hilandería de Algodón Peruano S.A. (Union of Workers of Hilandería de Algodón Peruano S.A) filed a Third Party Complaint with the Fair Labor Association (FLA) regarding the factory Hilandería de Algodón Peruano S.A. (“HIALPESA”). The factory is located in the District San Juan Lurigancho, in Lima, Peru. The complaint alleged violations of the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct with respect to terms of employment, safety and health, and freedom of association. FLA Participating Company New Balance sources from HIALPESA.

New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc. (New Balance) is aprivately held company headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. New Balance manufactures running, tennis, soccer, baseball, cross training, lifestyle and other shoes, as well as a variety of athletic apparel and equipment. The company and its affiliates employ more than 5000 employees worldwide.  The FLA Board of Directors voted to approve the accreditation of New Balance’s compliance program on June 11, 2014 based on proven adherence to FLA's Workplace Code of Conduct and the Principles of Fair Labor and Responsible Sourcing.

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