T-shirt maker Gildan Activewear Inc has become the first Canadian company to join the Fair Labour Association (FLA) as a participating member.

The Montreal-based company, which earlier this year denied allegations of worker mistreatment in its Honduran plants, is also the first manufacturer catering to the wholesale imprinted activewear industry to become an FLA member.

The FLA is Washington, DC-based independent verification agency, promoting adherence to independent labour standards and improving working conditions.

Gildan said it applied to become a member because of the FLA's credibility and transparency in assisting companies to comply with labour standards.

"Our participation in FLA is a logical next step in Gildan's mission to implement the highest standards and best practices throughout our operations," chairman and CEO Greg Chamandy said.

"It also confirms that we are effectively doing what we set out to do - provide excellent working conditions that improve the quality of our workers' lives and that of their families wherever they are located."

Gildan employs more than 9,000 full-time workers globally.