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Safeguards

Safeguards are a set of tools that enable the Fair Labor Association (FLA) to address instances of significant and persistent noncompliance with the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct and Compliance Benchmarks in production facilities used by FLA affiliated companies, suppliers or university licensees.  Safeguard measures include:

  • Third Party Complaints
  • Brand-commissioned Independent Investigation with FLA Verification
  • FLA-commissioned Special Independent Investigation
  • Stakeholder Dialogue
  • Projects

Safeguards tools, which may not be mutually exclusive, offer the opportunity to engage stakeholders more proactively and effectively on issues that are important to them and may relate to systemic and entrenched concerns that are not amenable to resolution using narrowly-focused approaches.

The Third Party Complaint procedure is the cornerstone of Safeguards. Pursuant to the Third Party Complaint procedure, any person, group or organization can report to the FLA allegations of instances of persistent or serious noncompliance with the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct and Compliance Benchmarks in a production facility used by an FLA-affiliated company, supplier or university licensee.  The goal of the Third Party Complaint procedure is to remediate any noncompliances that might be identified.  The FLA maintains a chart tracking the progress of our investigations into recent Third Party Complaints. 

Brand-commissioned Independent Investigations with FLA Verification and FLA-Commissioned Special Independent Investigations are tools that can be used to address situations where there is a perceived need to investigate a potential serious violation of worker rights and carry out remediation, but a formal Third Party Complaint has not been filed or is not appropriate. Standards of independence of investigations, remediation, and transparency characteristic of Third Party Complaints are also applied in the application of these Safeguards.

Stakeholder dialogue and projects are two ways in which the FLA identifies and addresses systemic issues affecting specific labor markets. These activities might be initiated by the FLA on the basis of information received from staff or from stakeholders or could take the form of a specific project developed by an affiliated company on an issue of broad interest to FLA stakeholders.

HIALPESA

Publication date: 
Thursday, October 31, 2019
Report type: 
Third Party Complaint
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. (HIALPESA) located in Lima, Peru, and specifically with regard to the suspension of the employment contracts of 190 workers in the spinning and knitting areas.

Gildan STAR

Publication date: 
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Report type: 
Third Party Complaint
The Fair Labor Association received a Third Party Complaint (TPC) on July 8, 2019 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.

Bay Island Honduras

Publication date: 
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Report type: 
Investigation
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. and The Walt Disney Company.

Carnival Clothing

Publication date: 
Friday, June 7, 2019
Report type: 
Third Party Complaint
The Fair Labor Association initiated an investigation in December 2018 based on a complaint from the Bangalore, India-based Garment Labor Union concerning allegations of Sexual Harassment and Freedom of Association violations at Carnival Clothing Company, a Tier 1 supplier of FLA affiliate adidas located in Mysore, India.

CRESCENT KONFEKSİYON ÜRÜNLERİ PAZARLAMA SAN DIŞ TİC. A.S./TURKEY

Publication date: 
Thursday, May 9, 2019
Report type: 
Investigation
The FLA administered a Special Independent Investigation, consistent with its established Safeguards procedures, regarding allegations of violation of freedom of association rights of the workers in Crescent Konfeksiyon Ürünleri Pazarlama San. Dış Tic. A.Ş., which produces coats, jackets and trousers for men; and shorts, coats, jackets, skirts, trousers, shirts, and blouses for women.

Olam Progida

Publication date: 
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Report type: 
Third Party Complaint
In March 2018, the FLA received a Third Party Complaint from the Tekgida-IS trade union (Tekgida) in Turkey concerning allegations of noncompliance with ILO Conventions 87 and 98 (freedom of association and the right to organize and bargain collectively) and, by extension, relevant provisions in the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct and Benchmarks at the Progida production facility in Piraziz / Giresun owned and operated by Olam Group (Olam), an FLA-affiliated company.

C.S.A. GUATEMALA

Publication date: 
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Report type: 
Third Party Complaint
On February 6, 2019, the Fair Labor Association received a Third Party Complaint from several former workers at the C.S.A. Guatemala S.A. factory.

Delta Apparel in Honduras

Publication date: 
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Report type: 
Third Party Complaint
On December 17, 2017, the union Sindicato de Trabajadores de la Empresa Delta Apparel Honduras filed a Third Party Complaint with the Fair Labor Association (FLA) alleging violations of the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct at the factory Delta Apparel Honduras, located in the Zip Buena Vista industrial park, Villanueva, Honduras.

Apple Tree in El Salvador

Publication date: 
Monday, August 6, 2018
Report type: 
Third Party Complaint
On December 6, 2017, the Fair Labor Association (“FLA”) initiated a Third Party Complaint from the Union of the Textile, Similar and Related Industries of El Salvador (“SITSCES”), affiliated with the Union Federation of El Salvador (“FESS”). FESS/SITSCES alleged violations of labor standards and of the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct at the factory Apple Tree S.A. de C.V. located in San Salvador, El Salvador.

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