On behalf of initiatives with international garment, footwear and accessories goods buyers as members, among others, we are profoundly concerned about the military coup that took place on 1 February 2021 in Myanmar, and the military’s continued and increasingly violent crackdown against its own people, including against leaders of unions and labour-rights organizations. This coup, and the military’s growing violence in support of it, threatens to reverse the progress and the thawing of relations between Myanmar and the international community ongoing since 2011.
The Fair Labor Association (FLA) has worked for over 20 years to resolve labor rights issues from factories to farms in global supply chains. The FLA welcomes and supports the United Nations General Assembly’s (UNGA) resolution declaring 2021 as the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour.
Honorable Members of the Minimum Wages Committee for Textile Industry Tamil Nadu:
The Fair Labor Association (FLA) has closely monitored the human rights abuses in Xinjiang, China over the past two years. In an April 2019 Issue Brief, we cautioned FLA affiliates to conduct additional due diligence to detect potential instances of forced labor in Xinjiang.
The World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), first reported in Wuhan, China, in December 2019, a global pandemic on March 11, 2020. The impact of the pandemic is unprecedented in modern history. Nations, businesses, and communities face public health, medical, economic, and political considerations as they end the spread of the virus. One essential consideration is the protection of factory and farm workers.
The Fair Labor Association is one of two dozen organizations jointly calling on the government of Indonesia to ensure that current labor laws remain consistent with international standards as national legislators consider the Omnibus Law on Job Creation.
Signatories – which include brands, civil society organizations, and business organizations – expressed concern in the letter with the Labor Cluster of the proposed omnibus bill, which was submitted by the Widodo Government to the People’s Representative Council.
The Fair Labor Association (FLA) board of directors approved the application of FGV Holdings Berhad (FGV) to become a Participating Company in the FLA in October 2019. The FLA affiliation illustrated interest by FGV, a major industry supplier of palm oil and palm kernel oil, to address systemic labor issues in its palm oil supply chain.
A grievance guidance series, commissioned by Cargill and developed by Proforest, was created to provide practical and action-oriented information on how to verify grievances, identify root causes, develop action plans to address them, and minimize risk of future grievances in the palm oil sector.
In July 2020, the Institute for Multi-Stakeholder Initiative Integrity (MSI Integrity) published a report analyzing 40 international standard-setting MSIs. The report questions whether these organizations have “delivered on their promise to protect human rights.” While the report addresses important questions about how MSIs currently function, it starts from a faulty premise, namely that MSIs are a permanent substitute for government oversight and regulation.
The COVID-19 outbreak in Malaysia led to a government-imposed Movement Control Order across the country. While many businesses were not permitted to operate during the first phase of the order, palm operations were exempted and allowed to operate under government-issued procedures.