Why the FLA? The growth of the global economy has outstripped the mechanisms for regulating labor rights around the world. In principle, governments should adopt ILO Conventions and incorporate them into national labor laws enforced by labor inspectors. Trade unions and employers should negotiate collective agreements to fix wages and working conditions at sectoral or firm level and workers should have recourse to internal grievance procedures or external labor tribunals. In practice however, many of these protections have broken down. The FLA initiative is designed to complement international and national efforts to promote respect for labor rights.
Participants The FLA represents a multi-stakeholder coalition of companies, universities and NGOs. There are currently 20 leading brand-name companies participating in the FLA. These are adidas-Salomon, Asics, Eddie Bauer, Drew Pearson Marketing, GEAR for Sports, Gildan Activewear, H&M , Liz Claiborne, Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), New Era Cap, Nordstrom, Nike, Outdoor Cap, Patagonia, Phillips-Van Heusen, Puma, Reebok, Top of the World , Twins Enterprise and Zephyr Graf-X. These companies have committed to a rigorous program of Workplace Standards implementation, monitoring and remediation in order to bring their manufacturing sites into compliance with FLA standards.
Colleges and universities join the FLA to promote fair and decent conditions in the production of goods bearing their logo. To date, there are over 192 colleges and universities affiliated with the FLA. These schools require their licensees to participate in the FLA licensee program.
Human and labor rights advocates and organizations continue to play an integral role in the FLA system. The NGO/Trade Union Advisory Council of the FLA facilitates the involvement of local and international NGOs and trade unions to help ensure that the implementation of Codes of Conduct ultimately results in worker empowerment and the meaningful protection of workers’ rights.