Supply Chain Innovation

Accreditation Assessment of Outerknown's Social Compliance Program

Publication date: 
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
A worker sewing for Outerknown
in Sri Lanka.

The FLA Board of Directors voted on October 4, 2017 to approve the accreditation of Outerknown's social compliance program. Details on FLA's accreditation methodology can be found at www.fairlabor.org/accreditation.

Outerknown's accreditation comes after the FLA has conducted one SCI assessment in Sri Lanka, two field visits to shadow internal audits in Peru and North Carolina, and one headquarter visit in Los Angeles, California.  The FLA accreditation report specifically recognizes as strengths Otherknown's supply chain transparency in the posting of its factory list online, its public commitment to upholding workplace standards, and embedding of the company's sustainable sourcing strategy into daily business operations.  Outerknown, launched in 2015, was the first brand to pursue FLA accreditation from the founding of the company.

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 of labor rights violations. 

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

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