Supply Chain Innovation

Alignment with the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct as of October 2016

Publication date: 
Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The founding Charter of the Fair Labor Association (FLA) requires each affiliated company to “adopt, and cause its applicable licensees, contractors, and suppliers to adopt, the FLA Workplace Code in the manufacture of its products.”  The Charter goes on to require each company to formally convey this Code in applicable local languages, “to its factories, and applicable licensees, contractors and suppliers, and to communicate [its] commitment ... to senior officers, managers, and employees of” all of these entities.

The FLA Code is based on international labor and human rights standards (primarily Conventions of the International Labour Organization [ILO]).  In 2011, the FLA Board of Directors approved several enhancements to strengthen code elements governing hours of work, compensation, and other areas.  FLA-affiliated companies are expected to update their company codes to match the 2011 enhancements; the charts shown on the document linked below demonstrate which companies have fully aligned their codes, and which have codes with the alignment of particular elements still in progress. 

Any company marked as having fully aligned its code of conduct has secured approval from the highest level of the company that its workplace monitoring standards must meet or exceed those required by the FLA.   As of October 31, 2016, 97 percent of all code elements followed by FLA Participating Companies and Suppliers met FLA standards, as explained by the document below. 

The FLA will continue to work with companies that have code elements marked as “in progress” to bring those elements into alignment with FLA requirements.  Company public disclosure of their aligned codes will be made at company discretion.

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