Timeline Set for Release of Action Plan and Activity Reports for Addressing Worker Rights With a Focus on Forced Labor
WASHINGTON – A study by the Fair Labor Association (FLA) and the Awaj Foundation finds that women in the ready-made garment manufacturing sector in Bangladesh do not receive legally required benefits, including paid maternity leave.
WASHINGTON – The Fair Labor Association announced today that its board of directors voted to reaccredit PUMA’s social compliance program, after the company demonstrated in a lengthy review that it continues to have strong policies and practices in place to identify and remediate unfair labor practices in its global supply chain. PUMA has been an FLA affiliate since 2004, and its social compliance program was first accredited by the FLA in 2007, before being reaccredited in 2010. It is PUMA’s second reaccreditation by the FLA.
WASHINGTON – The Fair Labor Association announced today that its board of directors voted to accredit Lakeshirts/Blue 84’s social compliance program, 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. Lakeshirts, headquartered in Detroit Lakes, Minn., has been an FLA affiliate since 2010 and began its implementation period for FLA accreditation implementation in 2012. The company produces apparel for resorts and universities across the United States.
The Fair Labor Association joined with the American Apparel & Footwear Association, the Initiative for Compliance and Sustainability, and Social Accountability International on behalf of international garment, footwear, and travel goods buyers to express increasing concern over serious and repeated violations of the fundamental rights to freely associate, to organize, and to bargain collectively in both law and in practice in Myanmar in a June 12 letter to State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi.
The Fair Labor Association and ASN Bank announced today a project that will advance wage data collection and analysis as a foundational step toward securing fair compensation for workers in the garment sector. The collaboration includes a commitment of 15,000 euros by ASN Bank to support the development of the FLA’s fair compensation dashboard, which incorporates living wage benchmarks.
The New York Times on Monday, April 29, 2019, published an article by David Segal about the hazelnut sector in Turkey. The reporter highlighted labor issues that the Fair Labor Association (FLA) and many of its stakeholders know all too well.
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.
Labor rights organizations and footwear and apparel industry groups sent a letter to the Prime Minister of Cambodia noting the lack of progress that has been made since the Fair Labor Association, the American Apparel and Footwear Association and representatives from Adidas, H&M, New Balance, Nike, Puma, Under Armour, and VF Corp appealed to the government for improvements in labor rights in October 2018. In February 2019, the European Union is began proceedings to suspend Cambodia’s preferential trade status for the government’s failure to respect human and labor rights.