Friday, December 8, 2017Leading garment brands and trade associations from Europe and the US have called on the Myanmar government to respect the rights of the ethnic minority population of Rakhine State or risk further eroding #Business and investor confidence.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017On July 28, 2017, as part of the Americas Group Mexico Committee initiatives, the FLA and fourteen apparel and footwear companies that source from Mexico submitted a letter to the Secretary of Labor and Social Welfare of Mexico.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017The Fair Labor Association (FLA) welcomes Nike’s agreement with Georgetown University to provide factory access to the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) to follow up on reports of issues related to working conditions in specific Nike collegiate supplier facilities.
Friday, June 16, 2017Greater public disclosure of the #Human Rights conditions embedded in global supply chains is rapidly becoming the norm for multinational companies managing complex sourcing relationships around the world. While for some companies, increased supply chain #Transparency may be the logical result of a maturing social responsibility program, external pressures from civil #Society and governments, including emerging regulations that carry significant legal and financial risks, are also ...
Thursday, June 8, 2017New Report Identifies Ways to Mitigate Child Labor Risks in the Turkish Cotton SectorCompanies and NGOs Cooperate to Trace Cotton Supply Chain in Run Up to New Dutch Agreement to End Child Labor in Garment Supply Chains
Monday, May 1, 2017The Fair Labor Association (FLA) today announced the selection of Michael Posner as the Chair of its Board of Directors. He is the Director of the New York University (NYU) Stern Center for Business and Human Rights. Posner, the Jerome Kohlberg Professor of Ethics and Finance at NYU Stern, co-founded the Center for Business and Human Rights in 2013. It is the first #Human Rights center at a #Business school. Prior to joining NYU Stern, Posner served from 2009 to 2013 as ...
Friday, April 28, 2017The Fair Labor Association (FLA), along with 20 apparel and footwear brands sourcing from Turkey, and four other workers' rights organizations, delivered a letter to the office of Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan on April 27, thanking the Turkish government for its extension of work permits to Syrian refugees as of January 2016, and calling for adjustments to the work permit program to improve conditions for Syrians who are seeking work in Turkey.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017In December of 2016 the Fair Labor Association (FLA) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) jointly hosted a roundtable meeting in Istanbul, Turkey to discuss the challenges and opportunities of integrating Syrian refugees into the Turkish labor market. The roundtable attracted 120 participants from international brands sourcing from Turkey, local manufacturers, international and local trade unions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), ...
Wednesday, August 3, 2016Fair Labor Association Reports Compensation Figures for Factories in 21 Countries Average worker compensation found to be lower than the World Bank #Poverty line in Bangladesh.
Monday, May 9, 2016DALLAS COWBOYS MERCHANDISING
At the Fair Labor Association (FLA) Board of Directors meeting in February of 2016, Dallas Cowboys Merchandising (DCM) earned accreditation for its social #Compliance program. As a smaller company, DCM shares that while they faced unique challenges that some larger companies with more social #Compliance staff may not face, the journey toward accreditation helped them enhance their program and their company’s #Commitment to workers’ rights.
Monday, May 9, 2016At the Fair Labor Association (FLA) Board of Directors meeting in February of 2016, Brooklyn Manufacturing (based in San Salvador, El Salvador) became only the second supplier in FLA history – and the first in the Western Hemisphere – to earn accreditation for its social #Compliance program.
Friday, February 19, 2016New FLA President Sharon Waxman ountlines three broad goals for the Fair Labor Association in 2016:
1) Strengthening Our Core Work 2) Building Toward the Future 3) Outward-Facing Initatives
"With a solid foundation of strang leadership and the indefatigable #Energy of the staff, the FLA is ready to ... build on the work of the past, and to usher in new ideas, new partnerships, and new ways of working together to advance the common goalswe share of improving ...
Wednesday, December 2, 2015Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) today announced a cooperative agreement of $4.87 million to the Fair Labor Association (FLA) to pilot test the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s "Guidelines for Eliminating Child and Forced Labor in Agricultural Supply Chains" over the next 28 months. The FLA will partner with three companies affiliated with the FLA – Nestlé, Olam-Prodiga and Balsu – in ...
Wednesday, December 2, 2015Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) today announced a grant of $4.87 million to the Fair Labor Association (FLA) to pilot test the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s "Guidelines for Eliminating Child and Forced Labor in Agricultural Supply Chains" over the next 28 months. The FLA will partner with three companies affiliated with the FLA – Nestlé, Olam-Prodiga and Balsu -- in applying the guidelines ...
Wednesday, February 18, 2015In December of 2014, DanWatch, a Danish civil-society organization that monitors the #Corporate social responsibility of multinational companies, posted to its website the #documentary “Seeds of Debt” by journalist Jens Pedersen. The #documentary reported instances of exploitative high-interest money lending to farmers in rural Andhra Pradesh, India – including to farmers producing seeds for FLA affiliate Syngenta. Footage of an interview conducted with a ...
Friday, February 13, 2015
At its February 2015 meeting, the FLA Board of Directors unanimously approved the implementation of the FLA Fair Compensation Work Plan, upon the recommendation of the Monitoring Committee.
This approval was accompanied by an amendment that calls for the FLA president brings forward recommendations by the June Board meeting to revise the plan to: 1) take appropriate, meaningful actions, where reasonable, to implement the plan at an accelerated pace, and 2) ...
Wednesday, November 12, 2014On Monday, November 10, 2014, the Fair Labor Association sent a letter to Deputy Prime Minister Keat Chhon in support of “objective, inclusive, and productive national wage-setting negotiations that result in a minimum wage that is fair for workers” that was signed by nine FLA-affiliated companies sourcing from Cambodia.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014The Fair Labor Association (FLA) joins the international #Community in condemning the use of deadly force by Cambodian security forces against striking garment workers in Phnom Penh that led to the tragic deaths of at least three workers, injuries to many others, and the imprisonment of protesting workers. These are grave violations of international labor standards and basic human rights.
Thursday, December 19, 2013Washington, DC – The Fair Labor Association (FLA) today announced the selection of Claudia Coenjaerts, a longtime official with the International Labor Organization (ILO), as President and CEO. Her appointment is effective as of Jan. 6, 2014.
Thursday, May 30, 2013From March 25 to 29, 2013, FLA provided #Training on the 12 dimensions of Fair Wages for Participating Company H&M in Guangzhou and Shanghai. Sixty-five participants from the #Sustainability and production teams joined the #Training and discussion.
Thursday, April 18, 2013On March 4, 2013, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) sent a letter to Peruvian President Ollanta Humala Tasso raising concerns over legislation that currently permits the employment of workers through the use of repeated short-term employment contacts. Short-term employment contracts do not provide stability of employment, and often erode access to fundamental labor rights.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013On April 17, FLA Participating Company Hanesbrands announced a new partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Chevron, and El Salvador-based NGO Glasswing International to support youth and #Community development in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. The new four-year agreement expands Glasswing’s school makeover program to more than 75 schools, where efforts will focus on revitalizing and rehabilitating facilities for students.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013On February 19, Rachel Davis of Shift (right) made a presentation to the FLA Board of Directors and led a discussion about the implications of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights for the FLA.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), an estimated 215 million children are involved in child labor worldwide, and an estimated six million children are forced to work around the world. In December, the U.S. Department of Labor launched a free toolkit to help companies develop programs to combat forced and child labor in their supply chains.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013Factory fires have killed thousands of workers all over the world for decades - even with today's advancements in technology and infrastructure, these tragedies continue to occur. Just last year, horrific fires in Bangladesh and Pakistan killed more than 400 factory workers. With the support of brands, factory managers and workers must be empowered to prevent fires and save lives.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013Factory fires have killed thousands of workers all over the world for decades - even with today's advancements in technology and infrastructure, these tragedies continue to occur. Just last year, horrific fires in Bangladesh and Pakistan killed more than 400 factory workers. With the support of brands, factory managers and workers must be empowered to prevent fires and save lives.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013Washington, DC – On December 31, 2012, the Fair Labor Association Board of Directors unanimously voted to terminate the participation of Hey Tekstil Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S. (“Hey Tekstil”) in the Fair Labor Association as a Participating Supplier. The decision comes as a result of the company’s ongoing noncompliance with the FLA Code of Conduct and related standards.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012This is a guest post from fire #Safety expert Dr. David Gold, a former firefighter, previously with the International Labour Organization (ILO).
Related post: PVH announces landmark agreement to improve factory #Safety in Bangladesh
In the wake of the tragic fires in Bangladesh that killed more than 100 people on Sunday, and the fatal fires within the last two months in Pakistan, those of us who have worked to help prevent such disasters are reminded of the ...
Topic: Local IssuesThursday, November 8, 2012
On October 17, FLA hosted the latest meeting of the Americas Group (AG), which was founded in February 2011 as the MFA Forum Americas Committee concluded its efforts. The Americas Group is a multi-stakeholder forum of brands, initiatives like FLA, the global union for the garment sector – IndustriALL – and other civil #Society organizations. Members of the AG work together to promote and support globally competitive and socially responsible ...
Topic: Civil SocietyFriday, October 5, 2012The Garment Sector Roundtable (GSR) was launched in January 2011 to bring together multiple garment #Industry stakeholders in Bangalore, including multi-national brands, domestic manufacturers, #Industry associations, trade unions and research institutions. Through the GSR, FLA and the other participants seek to collaborate in open-minded and creative ways.
The GSR is a forum designed to build trust among local stakeholders who may, at times, seem ...