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.
(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.
On June 29, 2018, the Fair Labor Association joined with seven leading companies and the American Apparel and Footwear Association to send a letter to the President of the Republic of Nicaragua expressing concern about the nation’s political and social crisis threatening the rights, livelihoods, and physical safety of workers and others and the capacity of Nicaragua’s industries that export around the world.
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.
On September 30, 2010, FLA released a report on an independent assessment of football production in the supply chain of Shanghai Wande Sporting Goods Company in China. The independent investigation was conducted at the request of FLA affiliates Nike, Inc., New Balance and PUMA to determine whether there were subcontracting activities (either authorized or unauthorized) in Wande’s supply chain that might give rise to the use of home workers, underage workers, or even prison labor in the production of soccer balls.