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Assessments

Affiliates may request assessments in addition to FLA's standard monitoring. FLA also assesses compliance programs of Participating Companies, accrediting those in substantial compliance with FLA's Code.

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Tracking Charts

Since 2002, FLA has conducted more than 1,500 unannounced factory visits throughout the supply chains of company affiliates. The results of these assessments are publicly available.

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Safeguards

FLA's transparent and effective process for handling third party complaints and investigations addresses workers' rights violations flagged by union representatives, workers, or local CSOs.

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On June 30, 2020, Participating Company Amer Sports contacted the Fair Labor Association to communicate that it had received a complaint from a board member of the union at the factory Wells Apparel Nicaragua, from which the company sources products. The complaint alleged that (1) factory management had dismissed six union board members, who were entitled to fuero sindical protection, without complying with legal requirements; and (2) there was a potential risk that an additional union official currently under maternity leave would also be unlawfully dismissed.

On January 31, 2020, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) received a Third Party Complaint with respect to the factory Bienno Sociedad Anónima Guatemala filed by the Comité Ad Hoc de trabajadores de Bienno S.A. (Bienno Workers Ad Hoc Committee).

On June 11, 2019, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) received a Third Party Complaint from the union Sindicato de Trabajadores de la Hilandería de Algodón Peruano S.A. concerning issues arising at the factory Hilandería de Algodón Peruano S.A.

On July 8, 2019, the Fair Labor Association received a Third Party Complaint (TPC) from the union Sindicato de Trabajadores de Star (SITRASTAR) with respect to the then-pending closure of the Star S.A. facility in El Progreso, Yoro Department, Honduras, a facility owned and operated by the FLA-affiliated company Gildan. The TPC followed on prior communications from SITRASTAR providing information and raising concerns about the plans for the facility’s closure.

The Fair Labor Association and Iyi Pamuk Uygulamalari Dernegi (Good Cotton Practices Association), a strategic partner of the Better Cotton Initiative in Turkey, in 2017 launched “Improving Employment Practices in the Turkish Cotton Sector—Toward Decent Working Condition in Cotton Farms in Şanlıurfa,” a project in partnership with seven global brands—adidas, Asos, IKEA Range and Supply, Inditex, Nike, Puma and PVH—sourcing apparel and other cotton products in Turkey.

Towards Decent Working Conditions in Cotton Farms in Sanliurfa: A Lessons Learned Report

Acushnet Company works with supplier in Thailand to protect workers' rights to freedom of association following an FLA assessment.

Following an FLA assessment, VF Corporation works with supplier in El Salvador to ensure accurate compensation for overtime work.

adidas and Forty Seven Brand work with supplier in Bangladesh to prevent discrimination against pregnant women following an FLA assessment.

H&M and Nike work with factory to improve management practices and conduct training for supervisors to prevent verbal harrassment of workers.

Across the globe, millions of men and women migrate in order to find jobs. Many of them provide for their families by working in factories to manufacture clothing and footwear for some of the largest international brands. While some of these workers are successful in finding suitable employment, many others face difficulties ranging from homesickness to bad working conditions, and may even be forced into trafficking – otherwise known as modern-day slavery. Notre Dame students attend the FLA forum to learn more about labor conditions in apparel supply chains The FLA hosted a...
In February, FLA President & CEO Auret van Heerden participated in a workshop – Company Responsibilities in Countries with Human Rights Challenges – organized by the Business Humanitarian Forum and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. The event was held against the backdrop of the recently published draft report “Guiding Principles for the Implementation of the United Nations ‘Protect, Respect and Remedy’ Framework” by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Business and Human Rights, Professor John Ruggie. Auret...

On June 30, 2020, Participating Company Amer Sports contacted the Fair Labor Association to communicate that it had received a complaint from a board member of the union at the factory Wells Apparel Nicaragua, from which the company sources products. The complaint alleged that (1) factory management had dismissed six union board members, who were entitled to fuero sindical protection, without complying with legal requirements; and (2) there was a potential risk that an additional union official currently under maternity leave would also be unlawfully dismissed.

On January 31, 2020, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) received a Third Party Complaint with respect to the factory Bienno Sociedad Anónima Guatemala filed by the Comité Ad Hoc de trabajadores de Bienno S.A. (Bienno Workers Ad Hoc Committee).

On June 11, 2019, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) received a Third Party Complaint from the union Sindicato de Trabajadores de la Hilandería de Algodón Peruano S.A. concerning issues arising at the factory Hilandería de Algodón Peruano S.A.

On July 8, 2019, the Fair Labor Association received a Third Party Complaint (TPC) from the union Sindicato de Trabajadores de Star (SITRASTAR) with respect to the then-pending closure of the Star S.A. facility in El Progreso, Yoro Department, Honduras, a facility owned and operated by the FLA-affiliated company Gildan. The TPC followed on prior communications from SITRASTAR providing information and raising concerns about the plans for the facility’s closure.

The FLA engaged the independent experts who conducted this Safeguards investigation at the request of FLA-affiliated companies Fanatics and adidas as well as adidas licensee Streetwear, Inc.