The social compliance programmes of Hugo Boss, Fenix and Volcom have all been accredited by the Fair Labor Association following a multi-year evaluation.
The Fair Labor Association (FLA), a collaborative effort among brands, universities and civil society organisations to improve working conditions and protect workers’ rights, says all three companies integrate respect for human and labour rights into their supply chains.
“Accreditation is a long, intensive process during which the FLA conducts a thorough evaluation of the headquarter-level programmes established by companies to protect workers in their supply chains,” said FLA President and CEO Sharon Waxman.
German luxury clothier Hugo Boss, Swedish outdoor gear brand Fenix, and Californian board sports company Volcom “have demonstrated a commitment to adopt fair labour policies and to apply them in practice,” she added.
They also showed commitment from top management to implement social compliance programmes and ensure adherence to the FLA’s Principles of Fair Labor and Responsible Sourcing.
To achieve FLA accreditation, companies must regularly assess production facilities in their supply chain for adherence to high labour standards and must pursue continuous improvement of conditions for workers.
The FLA is thought to be the only organisation of its kind in which brands and suppliers commit to a process that demands regular review and assessment of corporate systems that support workers’ rights and social responsibility.
Among other strengths, the FLA recognised Hugo Boss for its annual stakeholder dialogue roundtable with civil society; Fenix for its collection of candid factory feedback on its purchasing practices; and Volcom for its comprehensive supplier scorecard to incentivise suppliers to improve their social compliance.
FLA has to date accredited a total of 31 brand and supplier social compliance programmes.