The Fair Labor Association (FLA) joins the international community in condemning the use of deadly force by Cambodian security forces against striking garment workers in Phnom Penh that led to the tragic deaths of at least three workers, injuries to many others, and the imprisonment of protesting workers. These are grave violations of international labor standards and basic human rights.
Washington, DC – The Fair Labor Association (FLA) today announced the selection of Claudia Coenjaerts, a longtime official with the International Labor Organization (ILO), as President and CEO. Her appointment is effective as of Jan. 6, 2014.
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This is a guest post from Kyle Richard, a third-year law student at the University of Washington.
On March 4, 2013, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) sent a letter to Peruvian President Ollanta Humala Tasso raising concerns over legislation that currently permits the employment of workers through the use of repeated short-term employment contracts. Short-term employment contracts do not provide stability of employment, and often erode access to fundamental labor rights.
On April 17, FLA Participating Company Hanesbrands announced a new partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Chevron, and El Salvador-based NGO Glasswing International to support youth and community development in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. The new four-year agreement expands Glasswing’s school makeover program to more than 75 schools, where efforts will focus on revitalizing and rehabilitating facilities for students.
On March 19-20 in New York City, FLA participated in the second convening of the Core Advisory Group of the UN Global Compact, where participants worked to develop global voluntary business principles on sustainable agriculture for companies. FLA is also one of two civil society organizations on the Steering Committee of the program.
On February 19, Rachel Davis of Shift (right) made a presentation to the FLA Board of Directors and led a discussion about the implications of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights for the FLA.