Towards more responsible purchasing practices within global supply chains

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FLAFair Labor Association The mission of the Fair Labor Association (FLA) is to combine the efforts of industry, civil society organizations, and colleges and universities to protect workers’ rights and improve working conditions worldwide by promoting adherence to international labor standards.

The FLA conducts independent monitoring and verification to ensure that the FLA’s Workplace Standards are upheld where FLA company products are produced. Through public reporting, the FLA provides consumers and shareholders with credible information to make responsible buying decisions.
The FLA brings together colleges and universities, NGOs, and socially responsible companies in a unique multi-stakeholder initiative to end sweatshop labor and improve working conditions in factories worldwide. The FLA holds its participants -- those involved at every stage of the manufacturing and marketing process --accountable to the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct. At its core, the FLA is built on four pillars:

  • Collaborative Action
  • Monitoring, Transparency and Public Reporting
  • Ensuring Remediation
  • Third Party Complaints

A Strategy for Innovation and Labor Rights
The FLA applies its understanding of regional and global trends in labor rights to develop lasting solutions. The FLA brings workers, factory managers, companies, and NGOs together to develop sustainable change based on respect for workers’ rights. The FLA uses knowledge gained through monitoring to develop special projects that target persistent regional or sector-specific Code violations.
The FLA knows that monitoring alone cannot create Code compliance. More than simply exposing and correcting violations is required for sustained protections of worker rights. That’s why, in 2005, the FLA launched FLA 3.0, a new labor compliance methodology designed to create sustainable compliance at the factory level. FLA 3.0 gives factories the tools they need to assess their compliance capacity, fill compliance gaps and report on ongoing progress. FLA 3.0 goes beyond monitoring to allow factories to manage compliance on a self-sustaining basis.


FLA contacts for the Respect project:
FLA website - www.FairLabor.org
Sabrina BOSSON - sbosson [-at-] fairlabor,org
Anne TERRAZ -aterraz [-at-] fairlabor,org