Supply Chain Innovation

Accreditation Assessment of Fenix Outdoor's Social Compliance Program

Publication date: 
Tuesday, February 20, 2018


The FLA Board of Directors voted on February 7, 2018 to approve the accreditation of Fenix Outdoor's social compliance program. Details on FLA's accreditation methodology can be found at www.fairlabor.org/accreditation.

Fenix's accreditation comes after the FLA has conducted 16 SCI assessments in China, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, and Latvia; two field visits to shadow internal audits in China and Estonia; and headquarter visits in Germany and Sweden.  The FLA accreditation report specifically recognizes as strengths Feinix's top management commitment, comprehensive audit program and data analysis, and implementation of responsible purchasing practices, including collection of supplier feedback via the Better Buying program.

All brands and suppliers that affiliate with the FLA commit to upholding international labor standards throughout their supply chains and commit to an evaluation by the FLA of the preparedness of their social compliance prorgrams to sufficiently uphold these standards.  Brands and suppliers that successfuly complete the initial multi-year evaluation, subject to approval by the FLA Board of Directors, achieve accreditation of their programs, with re-accreditation assessments required regularly thereafter.  The FLA evaluates companies at the headquarter level – in addition to standard factory-level due diligence activities that are conducted annually – to determine whether they have social compliance systems in place to proactively identify and address risks or instances of noncompliance.  The FLA does not certify brands or factories, given the complex and ever-evolving nature of global supply chains that makes it impossible to guarantee that a product is made in conditions free from labor rights violations. 

Please find the full report linked below, including all areas of strength and areas for improvement in Fenix's social compliance program.

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