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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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This is a Third Party Complaint (TPC) investigation like none other. Typically the Fair Labor Association initiates these investigations with the intention of assessing and, as needed, remediating ongoing labor rights violations in a supplier factory. At times the process reaches to recent factory retrenchments and closures.

On April 18, 2021, the Fair Labor Association (“FLA”) received a Third Party Complaint (“TPC”) filed by the union federation Federación de Asociaciones o Sindicatos Independientes de El Salvador (“FEASIES” or “the Complainant”) alleging specified labor rights violations at Decotex International LTA de CV (hereinafter, “Decotex” or “the factory”), a facility owned and operated by Tegra LCC, a corporation based in Atlanta, Georgia.  The TPC followed on communications between FLA staff and FEASIES representatives after the publication of

On March 16, 2020, the Fair Labor Association (“FLA”) initiated a Third Party Complaint (“TPC”) investigation, after having received a complaint from the Bangalore North office of the National Union, CITU (Centre of Indian Trade Union), concerning allegations related to work arrangements, wages and benefits, termination of workers, excessive hours of work, freedom of association, and harassment of workers at the Jeans Knit Private Limited (“JKPL”) factory (“the factory”) in Bengaluru, Karnataka State.

On November 6, 2018, the FLA accepted a Third Party Complaint filed by the Tekgida Union concerning the Piraziz factory, which is owned and operated by Olam International and located in Giresun, Piraziz. The Third Party Complaint filed with the FLA was based on allegations of workers' rights violations focused on the freedom of association rights of the workers in the factory. 

Final report on a Third Party Complaint filed by the Comité Ad Hoc de Trabajadores de Bienno S.A. alleging a range of workers’ rights violations in the factory Bienno Sociedad Anónima Guatemala.

 

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.

FLA site visits to cotton ginning mills in India (above, in 2017) and Turkey (2016, report here) have demonstrated the challenges and opportunities of a social responsibility commitment that extends throughout an entire supply chain. Supply Chain Traceability and Transparency: Shifting Norms, Emerging Regulations, and Greater Interest from Civil Society Greater public disclosure of the human rights conditions embedded in global supply chains is rapidly becoming the norm for multinational companies managing complex sourcing relationships...
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...

This is a Third Party Complaint (TPC) investigation like none other. Typically the Fair Labor Association initiates these investigations with the intention of assessing and, as needed, remediating ongoing labor rights violations in a supplier factory. At times the process reaches to recent factory retrenchments and closures.

On April 18, 2021, the Fair Labor Association (“FLA”) received a Third Party Complaint (“TPC”) filed by the union federation Federación de Asociaciones o Sindicatos Independientes de El Salvador (“FEASIES” or “the Complainant”) alleging specified labor rights violations at Decotex International LTA de CV (hereinafter, “Decotex” or “the factory”), a facility owned and operated by Tegra LCC, a corporation based in Atlanta, Georgia.  The TPC followed on communications between FLA staff and FEASIES representatives after the publication of

On March 16, 2020, the Fair Labor Association (“FLA”) initiated a Third Party Complaint (“TPC”) investigation, after having received a complaint from the Bangalore North office of the National Union, CITU (Centre of Indian Trade Union), concerning allegations related to work arrangements, wages and benefits, termination of workers, excessive hours of work, freedom of association, and harassment of workers at the Jeans Knit Private Limited (“JKPL”) factory (“the factory”) in Bengaluru, Karnataka State.

On November 6, 2018, the FLA accepted a Third Party Complaint filed by the Tekgida Union concerning the Piraziz factory, which is owned and operated by Olam International and located in Giresun, Piraziz. The Third Party Complaint filed with the FLA was based on allegations of workers' rights violations focused on the freedom of association rights of the workers in the factory. 

Final report on a Third Party Complaint filed by the Comité Ad Hoc de Trabajadores de Bienno S.A. alleging a range of workers’ rights violations in the factory Bienno Sociedad Anónima Guatemala.