Supply Chain Innovation

Accreditation Assessment of Outerstuff's Social Compliance Program

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

The FLA Board of Directors voted on October 7, 2015 to approve the accreditation of Outerstuff's social compliance program, based on proven adherence to FLA's Workplace Code of Conduct and the Principles of Fair Labor and Responsible Sourcing. Details on FLA's accreditation methodology can be found atwww.fairlabor.org/accreditation.

Outerstuff was founded in 1983 and specializes in licensed sports apparel for children and teens in North America. Outerstuff first joined the FLA as a C Licensee and became a B Licensee in 2010. In October 2012, Outerstuff became a Participating Company. Outerstuff holds licensing contracts with other FLA-affiliated companies including the adidas-Group, Nike, Inc., and VF Corporation. Outerstuff adopted its first workplace code of conduct in 2009. In 2015, Outerstuff revised its code of conduct to meet the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct.

The complexity and ever-evolving nature of global supply chains make it impossible to guarantee that a product is made in conditions free of labor rights violations. For this reason, FLA does not certify brands. Instead, 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. Below, please find the full report assessing Outerstuff's headquarter-level social compliance program.

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