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TRANSPARENCY - Fair Labor Association

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Catalyzing Positive Change for Workers
Transparency is essential to upholding fair labor standards and protecting workers throughout product supply chains. If we don’t know what is happening behind the scenes in factories and on farms around the world, we cannot address the issues and make positive changes. As affiliates of FLA, companies agree to subject their supply chains to independent assessments and monitoring - the results of which are published here. This type of transparency helps consumers make more informed decisions about the products they buy and helps ensure brand accountability. There is no perfect brand or factory - labor issues are often identified even at the best facilities. FLA's assessments lead to an open and honest dialogue about the conditions that workers face and facilitate swift action in consultation with workers' groups, civil society organizations and others.

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.

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.

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.

New Holland Apparel, Nicaragua
In February 2018, affiliated Participating Companies Nike Inc. and Under Armour Inc. requested that the Fair Labor Association\ conduct a safeguards investigation at the factory New Holland Apparel de Nicaragua, S.A. The brands requested that the FLA engage an independent expert to investigate allegations of violations of freedom of association -- particularly with regard to the dismissal of a union leader who had employment protection -- as well as of other labor standards.

Delta Apparel in Honduras
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.  The Complaint alleged a range of violations of the Code, primarily with respect to Compliance Benchmarks related to wages and benefits, hours of work, and industrial relations issues.

Apple Tree in El Salvador
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.  FLA-affiliated companies Dallas Cowboys Merchandising, Delta Apparel, and VF Corporation were sourcing from the factory at the time of the Complaint.

Sawbwa VT in Myanmar
The Fair Wear Foundation (FWF), a non-profit organization based in the Netherlands engaged in improving workplace conditions for garment workers, informed the FLA of allegations concerning violations of freedom of association at VT Group, a Participating Supplier of the FLA.

Brooklyn Manufacturing in El Salvador
On December 18, 2017, the FLA accepted for review a Third Party Complaint filed by a worker – who requested anonymity -- at Brooklyn Manufacturing in El Salvador, making a number of allegations regarding violations of the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct at the factory.  Brooklyn is affiliated with the FLA as a Participating Supplier.  An assessment by Brooklyn management corroborated some of the allegations in the Third Party Complaint but not others.

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