PopSockets Assessment for Accreditation
FLA’s board of directors in summer 2022 voted to accredit the social compliance program of PopSockets, LLC, a privately owned digital lifestyle brand headquartered in Boulder, which specializes in producing phone grips and other products including cases, wallets, chargers, and mounts.
This decision represents a rigorous, multi-year evaluation of PopSockets’ business systems for compliance with international labor standards designed to protect workers in their global supply chains. PopSockets sources from eight contract facilities and one self-operated facility across six countries: China, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, the United States, and Việt Nam.
- Living wage: PopSockets is implementing wage data collection and analysis and has established criteria at the country and supplier levels to measure progress toward closing living wage gaps in high production countries. The company aims to raise average net wages for at least 30% of its supplier workforce to living wage levels and reduce average overtime to legal limits by 2025.
- Supplier relationships: PopSockets is increasing supplier business stability by improving forecasting, planning, and communications. The company provides incentives, such as additional business, automation investment, civil society engagement activities, and training for suppliers that show consistency or improvement.
- Grievance mechanisms and remediation: PopSockets maintains a standard operating procedure which ensures follow up on submissions, work with the facility to address issues, and remediation tracking. Company policy requires suppliers to involve worker representatives in follow-up calls and root cause analysis.
- Training: PopSockets has developed and implemented an extensive training program to educate its headquarters staff and inform suppliers on policies and programs relating to labor rights and sustainability issues.
Fair Labor Accredited companies are evaluated on an ongoing basis and must demonstrate continuous improvement efforts to address working conditions and protect workers’ rights.