Supply Chain Innovation

Patagonia Assessment for Reaccreditation, October 2017

Publication date: 
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
A worker stitches the brim of a cap
in a facility producing for Patagonia. 

On October 4th, 2017, the FLA Board of Directors voted to approve the reaccreditation of Patagonia's labor compliance program.

When joining the FLA, Participating Companies and Participating Suppliers commit to implementing the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct, which aims to ensure “respectful and ethical treatment of workers” and “promotes sustainable conditions through which workers earn fair wages in safe and healthy workplaces.” The Principles of Fair Labor and Responsible Sourcing / Production serve as the standards upon which Participating Companies and Participating Suppliers are assessed towards an accreditation of their labor compliance program.

Participating Companies and Participating Suppliers with accredited compliance programs have demonstrated that they have the systems and procedures in place needed to successfully uphold fair labor standards throughout their supply chains.  In assessing for reaccreditation, the FLA looks for continued implementation of the workplace standards and focuses on key components that support the FLA’s mission to improve workers’ lives worldwide, focusing on implementation of responsible purchasing practices, civil society engagement, remediation efforts, and program innovations. 

Patagonia's reaccreditation covers the period from 2014 to 2017.  In 2017, Patagonia included 81 applicable facilities in 14 countries in the FLA program.  While the FLA does not require subcontractors to be disclosed, Patagonia has included its subcontractors within their scope of FLA affiliation for SCI assessments.  Major sourcing countries include Vietnam (18 factories), Sri Lanka (17 factories), and China (11 factories); Patagonia also sources from 20 factories in the Americas.  From 2014 to 2017, Patagonia received four factory-level SCI assessments: two in Sri Lanka, and one each in the Philippines and Thailand.  Patagonia received one SCI verification, to assess for factory-level improvements, in 2017 in Sri Lanka.  The FLA also conducted one headquarter assessment for Patagonia's reaccreditation.

The full reaccreditation report below includes commendation for Patagonia's strengths, including its commitment from top management to improve working conditions not only at facilities manufacturing for Patagonia, but also through deeper tiers of the supply chain; the company's strong engagement with civil socieity to address issues facing migrant workers, pursue living wages, and ensure workers have a voice in their workplaces; and its collaborative "4-fold" approach to purchasing, whereby the sourcing, quality, environmental, and social responsibility teams all have an equal say in where and how to source products.

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