The compliance programs of six apparel companies have been accredited by the Fair Labor Association (FLA) as part of its drive to improve conditions for contracted factory workers.

The board's vote of confidence signifies that each company - Adidas-Salomon, Eddie Bauer, Liz Claiborne Inc, Nike, Phillips-Van Heusen and Reebok - is in substantial compliance with FLA requirements to implement a rigorous workplace code of conduct in factories making their products. 
The six FLA members received accreditation following an extensive performance review based upon independent factory monitoring and verification reports of supplier facilities conducted by accredited external monitors.

A thorough audit of the required monitoring protocols, training programs and auditing systems in their programs was also carried out. 
"Collectively these companies are responsible for consumer products made in 2,800 factories in 62 countries," said Auret van Heerden, FLA president and chief executive officer. 

"Each of them has worked hard to establish a workplace standards program that complies with the FLA's considerable requirements."