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The FLA Workplace Code of Conduct defines labor standards that aim to achieve decent and humane working conditions in factories and on farms. The FLA Principles of Fair Labor and Responsible Sourcing and Production define essential company-level practices for ensuring safe and sustainable supply chains. All FLA standards are based on International Labor Organization standards (ILO core conventions) and internationally accepted good labor practices. Each member company commits to implementing the FLA Principles in its own business practices and to upholding the FLA Code of Conduct in its supply chain. FLA evaluates member companies on an ongoing basis and awards accreditation to those companies that demonstrate adherence to FLA standards.
FLA is a collaborative effort of universities, civil society organizations and socially responsible companies dedicated to protecting workers’ rights around the world.
The FLA is a multistakeholder initiative that evaluates companies’ social compliance practices and ensures that these practices are implemented in the company’s supply chain. The logo cannot be found on the products of the participating companies, but companies who have achieved FLA accreditation may display the logo on their websites and other communication materials.

Cred­ib­il­ity 85%

  • Availability of Scheme Structure
  • Independence of Scheme Owner from Certificate Holder
  • Availability of Standard
  • Public Consultation of Standard
  • Availability of Standard-Setting Process
  • Standard Review
  • Consistent interpretation of the Standard
  • List of Accredited/Approved CABs
  • Procedure on Remediation
  • CAB Complaints Mechanism
  • Defined Duration of Certificate / License
  • Clarity of claim
  • Scheme Legal Status
  • Information on Sources of Finance
  • Incorporation of Stakeholder feedback
  • Documented Assessment Methodology
  • Level of Conformity Assessment
  • Claims Policy
  • Scheme Management
    Governance structures and management of the scheme
    93/100
    • Governance
      100/100
      • Does the scheme owner make its organisational structure available?
        Answer: Yes publicly
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (on request) (70 points)
        • Yes publicly (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
      • Is the scheme owner a legal entity, or an organization that is a partnership of legal entities, or a government or inter-governmental agency?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)

        Source:

        A. Structure The Association is constituted as a nonprofit association under the laws of the District of Columbia. The Association has obtained Section 501(c)(3) status as a tax-exempt organization. http://www.fairlabor.org/sites/default/files/fla_charter_2-12-14.pdf

      • Is there a mechanism by which the top decision-making body members are accountable to all stakeholders?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)

        Source:

        'The business Board Members shall be selected by the Business Caucus. The Labor/NGO Board Members shall be selected by a majority of the then-serving Labor/NGO Board Members. The College or University Affiliate Board Members shall be chosen by theUniversity Advisory Council.' FLA Charter p. 8 (http://www.fairlabor.org/sites/default/files/fla_charter_2-12-14.pdf)

      • Do the voting procedures of the top decision-making body ensure that there is a balanced representation of stakeholder interests, where no single interest predominates?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)

        Source:

        'Board of Directors of the AssociationThe Board of Directors of the Association shall consist of six business representatives, six Labor/NGO representatives, six university representatives and a Chair...No more than one Board Member may be from any individual Participating Company, College orUniversity Affiliate or Labor/NGO entity. The Board shall adopt appropriate screening and recusal policies in order to address any potential conflict of interest issues... ' FLA Charter p. 8-9

      • Does the scheme owner make quantitative information on the income sources or financing structure of the scheme available?
        Answer: Yes publicly
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (on request) (70 points)
        • Yes publicly (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner have an internal quality management system available?
        Answer: Yes publicly
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (on request) (70 points)
        • Yes publicly (100 points)
        • No (0 points)

        Source:

        Clear organizational structure and responsibilitiesmonitoring of essential processes (e.g. third party complaint process, assessments) FLA website //www.fairlabor.org/about-us/board-directorsFLA Charter p. 8-12http://www.fairlabor.org/third-party-complaint-processhttp://www.fairlabor.org/transparency/safeguards

      • Is the scheme owner economically independent from the certificate holder?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)

        Source:

        In selecting the Chair, Board Members shall seek ind ividuals with the following 3. Independence. Factors to be considered in determining independence include whether a person or his or her spouse or immediate family holds any position with or is rendering paid services to, or has held any position with, or rendered any paid services to, any of the following: (i) an Independent Provider, (ii) a company which does a significant amount of business in the apparel, footwear or any other industry in which the Association has significant involvement or , (iii) a Participating Company, (iv) a College or University Licensee, or (v) a Labor/NGO entity.

      • Does the scheme owner have sustainability-oriented goals and objectives?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)

        Source:

        'The mission of the Fair Labor Association is to combine the efforts of business, civil society organizations, and colleges and universities to promote and protect workers’ rights and to improve working conditions globally through adherence to international standards.' To accredit Independent Providers and set standards for FLA Assessors and ensure high professional standards in the conduct of independent external monitoring and assessments; •To independently verify, evaluate and publicly account for the internal compliance programs of each Participating Company so as to serve as a source of information to consumers; •To determine whether the Applicable Products of each Participating Company are produced in Compliance with the Fair Labor Association Standards; •To conduct programs that allow all licensees of College or University Affiliates to become Participating Companies or to enroll in other categories explicitly cre http://www.fairlabor.org/our-work/mission-charter http://www.fai

      • Does the scheme owner have a strategy for meeting its sustainability-oriented goals and objectives?
        Answer: Yes publicly
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (70 points)
        • Yes publicly (100 points)
    • Impact
      100/100
      • Does the scheme owner have a system in place for measuring its impacts and progress towards its sustainability goals?
        Answer: Yes publicly
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (70 points)
        • Yes publicly (100 points)

        Source:

        Sustainable Compliance Methodology Since 2003, the FLA has conducted more than 800independent social audits around the world, andhas analyzed the results to uncover what works (andwhat doesn't) for improving labour practices and condiitions. http://www.fairlabor.org/sites/default/files/sci-factsheet_7-23-12.pdf

      • Does the scheme owner use the results of monitoring and evaluation for learning and improvements to its programme?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)

        Source:

        FLA holds affiliated companies accountable for enforcing its Workplace Code of Conduct in the factories, farms and facilities they use. To verify this, FLA has instituted a rigorous system for assessing working conditions, remedying violations and verifying progress. Working with FLA staff, INDEPENDENT EXTERNAL ASSESSORS randomly visit approximately five percent of facilities supplying affiliated companies each year. Since 2002, FLA has conducted more than 1,500 assessments - the results of which are posted below. View results by company, location, or year and learn more about how these assessments uncover issues and lead to improvements for workers. Click here for guidance on how to read these tracking charts.

      • Does the scheme owner make sustainability results from M&E available?
        Answer: Yes publicly
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (70 points)
        • Yes publicly (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
    • Supporting Strategies
      67/100
      • Does the scheme provide access to technical assistance for compliance with the standard?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
      • Does the scheme provide access to technical assistance beyond compliance with the standard?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
      • Does the scheme provide access to finance for enterprises seeking certification?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
  • Standard-Setting
    Standard development and revision
    76/100
    • Is the standard made available free of charge?
      Answer: Yes publicly
      Score: 100/100
      Possible answers
      • Yes (on request) (70 points)
      • Yes publicly (100 points)
      • No (0 points)
    • Has a set of key sustainability issues in the sector or product lifecycle been defined in the standard-setting process?
      Answer: Yes
      Score: 100/100
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (100 points)

      Source:

      The FLA Workplace Code of Conduct defines labor standards that aim to achieve decent and humane working conditions. The Code’s standards are based on International Labor Organization standards and internationally accepted good labor practices. http://www.fairlabor.org/our-work/labor-standards

    • Are the standard-setting procedures or a public summary of how stakeholders can engage made available?
      Answer: Yes (on request)
      Score: 70/100
      Possible answers
      • Yes (on request) (70 points)
      • Yes publicly (100 points)
      • No (0 points)
    • Which stakeholders can participate in the standard-setting process?
      Answer: Invitation only
      Score: 70/100
      Possible answers
      • Members only (10 points)
      • Invitation only (70 points)
      • All stakeholders (100 points)
    • Are stakeholders who are directly affected by the standard provided opportunities to participate in standard setting?
      Answer: No
      Score: 0/100
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (100 points)
    • Are draft standards field tested / piloted for relevance and auditability during the development process?
      Answer: Yes
      Score: 100/100
      Possible answers
      • Yes (100 points)
      • No (0 points)
      • Not applicable (0 points)
    • Does the scheme owner provide information on how the input received from consultations has been included in the final version of the standard?
      Answer: Yes (on request)
      Score: 70/100
      Possible answers
      • Yes (on request) (70 points)
      • Yes publicly (100 points)
      • No (0 points)
    • Do the voting procedures of the decision-making body responsible for standard setting ensure that there is a balanced representation of stakeholder interests?
      Answer: Yes
      Score: 100/100
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (100 points)

      Source:

      'At its February 2008 meeting, the FLA Board of Directors created a committee to spearhead a review of the Code of Conduct and Compliance Benchmarks and make recommendations to the Board regarding revisions and amendments. The Working Group consisted of three members, one representing each of FLA’s three constituencies— colleges and universities, companies, and nonprofit organizations. The working group then collaborated with their respective caucuses to develop recommendations and guidelines for each Code element.The 2011 FLA Workplace Code of Conduct ...was approved by the Board of Directors in June 2011.' (board is made up of an equal number of members from all stakeholder groups) http://www.fairlabor.org/sites/default/files/2011_code_enhancements.pdf

    • Is the standard reviewed and, if necessary, revised at least every 5 years?
      Answer: Yes
      Score: 100/100
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (100 points)

      Source:

      Not every 5, but revisions have been made to the Code & Principles in the last 5 years

    • Does the scheme ensure that guidance is in place to support consistent interpretation of the standard?
      Answer: Yes
      Score: 100/100
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (100 points)

      Source:

      FLA Code of Conduct The CoC provides compliance benchmarks to clarify each of the labour standards.

    • Are there procedures and guidance for application or interpretation of the standard to regional contexts?
      Answer: Yes
      Score: 100/100
      Possible answers
      • Yes (100 points)
      • No (0 points)
      • Not applicable (0 points)

      Source:

      X. SPECIAL COUNTRY GUIDELINES When deemed necessary and appropriate by the Board, the Association shall provide Participating Companies and College or University Licensees with appropriate country guidelines to address such special problems. http://www.fairlabor.org/sites/default/files/fla_charter_2-12-14.pdf

    • Does the scheme owner have a complaints mechanism for the standard-setting process?
      Answer: No
      Score: 0/100
      Possible answers
      • Yes (on request) (70 points)
      • Yes, publicly (100 points)
      • No (0 points)

      Source:

      No

  • Assurance
    Mechanisms for assessment of compliance with the standard
    85/100
    • Assurance System
      90/100
      • Is there a documented assessment methodology for CABs to assess compliance with the standard?
        Answer: Yes publicly avilable
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (70 points)
        • Yes publicly avilable (100 points)

        Source:

        VIII. ACCREDITATION CRITERIA AND STANDARDS FOR MONITORS http://www.fairlabor.org/sites/default/files/fla_charter_2-12-14.pdf Sustainable Compliance Methodology http://www.fairlabor.org/sites/default/files/sci-factsheet_7-23-12.pdf

      • Is application (to get certified/verified) open to all potential applicants within the scope of the scheme?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)

        Source:

        Participation Criteria for Companies, Retailers and Suppliers FLA Charter p.12-16 http://www.fairlabor.org/sites/default/files/fla_charter_2-12-14.pdf

      • Does the scheme owner require CABs to have an assessment fee schedule?
        Answer: Yes available on request
        Score: 70/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (70 points)
        • Yes publicly avilable (100 points)

        Source:

        See FLA Independent External Assessment Team and Cost Guidance

      • Are levels of all costs and fees incurred by applicants and certificate holders/licencees based on programme costs and kept as low as possible?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)

        Source:

        Administered assessment fees (if applicable): Average cost of assessment ($4,000 for apparel factories and $6,000 for footwear factories) is applied to 5% of factory list. Company is charged on actual costs and balance is reimbursed or carried forward. A management fee of $2,110 is also assessed per monitoring visit.''Annual Dues: Calculated as a percentage of gross annual revenues. For more information, please contact the FLA. http://www.fairlabor.org/sites/default/files/documents/fla_categories_2-16-15.pdf

      • Does the scheme owner require CABs to have a documented complaints mechanism in place for compliance decisions?
        Answer: Yes available on request
        Score: 70/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (70 points)
        • Yes publicly available (100 points)

        Source:

        FLA Memo on Monitoring Accreditation, Evaluation and Handling of Complaints

      • Does the scheme owner make, or require CABs to make, summary certification/verification reports (with personal and commercially sensitive information removed) available?
        Answer: Yes publicly
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (no reports) (0 points)
        • No (confidential) (10 points)
        • Yes (on request) (70 points)
        • Yes publicly (100 points)

        Source:

        Reports for all member companies are available online (in English) http://www.fairlabor.org/transparency/assessments

      • Does the certificate or license define the duration for which it is valid?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)

        Source:

        'At the end of the Initial Implementation Period {2 or 3 years}, and every three years thereafter, the Executive Director of the Association shall advise the Board of Directors whether the production of the Applicable Products of a Participating Company should be found to be in Compliance with the Fair Labor Association Standards...If a Participating Company or Category B Licensee fails to meet or maintain the participation criteria ..., the Participating Company’s or Category B Licensee’s status may be placed on a ninety (90) day period of special review...Following any period of special review... the Board of Directors may terminate the participation of a Participating Company or Category B Licensee in the Association if the Participating Company or Category B Licensee has not effectively addressed the issues which required such special review period' FLA Charter p.26-29

      • Does the certificate or license define the scope of assurance?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)

        Source:

        C.Independent External Monitoring and Assessments A Participating Company shall agree to subject its Applicable Facilities to monitoring visits and assessments conducted by Monitors. The FLA staff will determine which Facilities will be subject to independent external monitoring and assessments, based on risk factors and using a random sampling methodology, and will schedule and assign the monitoring visits and assessments to Monitors...The initial level of monitoring and assessments shall be five percent (5%) of a Participating Company’s Applicable Facilities. At its discretion, a Participating Company may elect to include a higher percentage FLA Charter p.19, 24FLA Monitoring Guidance

      • Does the scheme owner maintain or require CABs to maintain a publicly accessible list of certified or verified enterprises, or a list of verified products/product groups, or a list of members (in case of membership-based initiatives)?
        Answer: Yes incl. scope of certificate or license
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (70 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes incl. scope of certificate or license (100 points)

        Source:

        All affiliates listed, inlcuding type of license for collegiate affiliates http://www.fairlabor.org/affiliates

      • Does the scheme owner maintain a list of all accredited/approved CABs?
        Answer: Yes (publicly)
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (70 points)
        • Yes (publicly) (100 points)
      • Does the scheme owner review their assurance system on a periodic basis?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Annual (0 points)
        • Every 3 years (100 points)
        • Every 5 years (0 points)
        • Ad hoc (0 points)

        Source:

        FLA 2016 Independent External Assessment Procedures DOC

      • Does the scheme owner require that clients and other affected stakeholders are notified of changes to the assurance requirements?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)

        Source:

        IEA Procedures are reviewed and approved by FLA's Monitoring Committee on an annual basis. They're then shared with all affiliates, but not "other affected stakeholders".

      • Does the scheme owner allow partial certification by an enterprise, with requirements to increase the percentage of certified produce over time?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)

        Source:

        'Each Participating Company shall implement an internal compliance program consistent with the Monitoring Principles covering at least one-half (1/2) of all Applicable Facilities during the first half of the Initial Implementation Period, and covering all of its Facilities during the second half of the Initial Implementation Period.' FLA Charter p.23 http://www.fairlabor.org/sites/default/files/fla_charter_2-12-14.pdf

      • Does the scheme owner have a documented assessment methodology for CABs that are assessing chain of custody?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • yes publicly available (100 points)
        • yes available on request (70 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        NA

    • Conformity Assessment
      80/100
      • Conformity Assessment Process
        100/100
        • What is the most independent type of conformity assessment required by the scheme?
          Answer: 3rd party
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • 1st party (10 points)
          • 2nd party (70 points)
          • 3rd party (100 points)
          • (0 points)
          • (0 points)

          Source:

          VIII. ACCREDITATION CRITERIA AND STANDARDS FOR MONITORS A prospective Independent Provider shall not be eligible to conduct independent external monitoring or assessments of the Facilities of a Participating Company or College or University Licensee unless such provider is independent from such Participating Company or College or University Licensee as well as its applicable icensees, contractors and suppliers to the following extent...

        • Does the scheme owner define guidelines for decision-making to ensure that CABs use consistent procedures for determining compliance of clients with the standard?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)
        • Does the scheme owner require CABs to have a procedure in place for how clients are required to address non-conformities, including when a certificate or license is suspended or revoked?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • yes (100 points)

          Source:

          E. Reporting on Independent External Monitoring and Assessments Each Monitor conducting an independent external monitoring visit or assessment of an Applicable Facility of a Participating Company shall provide to the Association and the Participating Company a standardized report on such Facility, describing any significant and/or persistent patterns of noncompliance, or instances of serious noncompliance, with the Workplace Code or Monitoring Principles found at the Applicable Facility by the Monitor. No later than sixty (60) days after the receipt of each such report, the Participating Company shall provide to the Association a remediation plan for the Facility which shall include... FLA Charter p.28-29 (termination)

      • Sustainability Audits
        60/100
        • Does the scheme owner require CABs to be compliant with ISO/IEC 17065, ISO/IEC 17021, ISO/IEC 17020 or equivalent?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (100 points)
          • Not Applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          The FLA Board of Directors accredits both monitoring organizations and individual lead auditors for its Independent External Monitoring program. The qualifications for Independent External Monitors are outlined in the FLA Charter. Monitors are accredited for specific regions in which they document and display experience and expertise.

        • At least how often do clients undergo a full audit process?
          Answer: 1 year or less
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • 1 year or less (100 points)
          • 1-2 years (100 points)
          • 2-3 years (80 points)
          • 4-5 years (50 points)
          • 5 years or more (10 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          INDEPENDENT EXTERNAL ASSESSORS randomly visit approximately five percent of facilities supplying affiliated companies each year. http://www.fairlabor.org/transparency/tracking-charts

        • Is the frequency of an audit based in part on a risk assessment of the client?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          'The FLA staff will determine which Facilities will be subject to independent external monitoring and assessments, based on risk factors and using a random sampling methodology, and will schedule and assign themonitoring visits and assessments to Monitors.' FLA Charter p.24 http://www.fairlabor.org/sites/default/files/fla_charter_2-12-14.pdf

        • What type of activities are CABs required to undertake during a full audit?
          Answer: Field visit (incl. office visit & doc. review)
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • Document review (off-site) only (10 points)
          • Document review on-site (70 points)
          • Field visit (incl. office visit & doc. review) (100 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          II. OBLIGATIONS OF ACCREDITED EXTERNAL MONITORS Conduct independent review of written data obtained by Company to verify and quantify compliance with the workplace standards...Conduct periodic announced and unannounced visits, on a confidential basis, of an appropriate sampling of Company factories and facilities of contractors and suppliers to survey compliance with the workplace standards...Conduct periodic confidential interviews, in a manner appropriate to the culture and situation, with a random sampling of Company employees and employees of contractors and suppliers' FLA Monitoring Guidance p.58

        • Does the scheme owner allow or require CABs to do unscheduled audits?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
          • Allowed (70 points)
          • Required (100 points)
          • Not allowed (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          NA

        • Are auditors required to solicit external stakeholder input during the audit process?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          ...consult regularly with human rights, labor, religious or other leading local institutions that are likely to have the trust of workers and knowledge of local conditions. FLA Monitoring Guidance p.58 http://www.fairlabor.org/sites/default/files/monitoring_guidance_and_compliance_benchmarks_0.pdf

        • Does the scheme owner require CABs to follow a consistent report format?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          'Each Monitor conducting an independent external monitoring visit or assessment of an Applicable Facility of a Participating Company shall provide to the Association and the Participating Company a standardized report on such Facility' FLA Charter p.25 http://www.fairlabor.org/sites/default/files/fla_charter_2-12-14.pdf

        • Are the people making the compliance decision different from those engaged in the audit process?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          Audit done by independent monitor, detected non-compliances are verified by FLA staff, final decision on compliance is made by FLA Executive Director/Board FLA Charter p.25-26 http://www.fairlabor.org/sites/default/files/fla_charter_2-12-14.pdf

        • Does the scheme allow for group certification or verification?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Group Certification
        100/100
        • Is the group required to have an internal management system?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Is there a requirement that at least all group sites are visited during the period of validity of the certificate?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (100 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          NA

        • Is there a sample size formula to determine the number of group members that is externally verified?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (70 points)
          • Yes based on risk assessment (100 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          NA

        • Do the requirements on group certification/verification define the conditions under which a group member shall be suspended or removed from a group?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • Member suspended from certification (0 points)
          • Member removed from a group (100 points)
          • Group suspension (0 points)
          • No repercussion (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          NA

      • Chain of Custody
        100/100
        • Does the scheme owner require CoC CABs to be compliant with ISO/IEC 17020, ISO/IEC 17021, or ISO/IEC 17065 or equivalent?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          NA

        • What is the most independent type of CoC conformity assessment required by the scheme?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • 1st party (0 points)
          • 2nd party (70 points)
          • 3rd party (100 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          NA

        • What type of activities are CoC CABs required to undertake during a full CoC assessment?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • Document review (off-site) only (10 points)
          • Document review on-site (70 points)
          • Field visit (incl. office visit & doc. review) (100 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          NA

        • Does the scheme owner require all enterprises that are physically handling the certified product to undergo a CoC audit if the product can be destined for retail sale as a certified, labelled product?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          NA

      • Laboratory Testing
        75/100
        • In the documented assessment methodology, are test methods either referred to or included?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (on request) (70 points)
          • Yes publicly (100 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          NA

        • Does the scheme owner require laboratories to be accredited according to recognized laboratory accreditation standards?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes to ISO 17025 (100 points)
          • Yes to other recognized standards (70 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          NA

        • Are there rules on random sampling and testing for the compliance monitoring?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
          • Each month (0 points)
          • Each quarter (100 points)
          • Each 6 months (0 points)
          • Surprise tests (0 points)
          • Ad hoc (0 points)

          Source:

          NA

        • Is there a procedure to deal with non-compliant products manufactured by a client / licensee?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • Yes (100 points)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          NA

    • Auditor Competencies
      100/100
      • Does the scheme owner define specific qualifications and competencies for CAB auditors?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        B. Qualifying Characteristics of Independent External Monitors In order to qualify as an Independent External Monitor of the Association, a prospective monitor (which may be one or more individuals or a separate legal entity) shall demonstrate the following core competencies for each country for which it seeks accreditation: 1. Background Knowledge (a) Working knowledge of the standards to be applied in the conduct of monitoring, (e.g., the Workplace Code, applicable laws and regulations in the country where monitoring shall take place, and applicable international labor standards). (b) Knowledge of prevailing industry practices and local workplace conditions. (c) Knowledge of local social and cultural conditions to be applied in the conduct of monitoring, such as culturally appropriate interview methods. (d) Linguistic skills appropriate to each country or region to be monitored, as needed for each aspect

      • Does the scheme owner require that CAB auditors successfully complete training on the standard and its interpretation?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        In seeking accreditation, a prospective Independent External Monitor (ii) agree to undergo training in FLA standards and methodology as deemed appropriate by the Executive Director. FLA Charter p.19-20 http://www.fairlabor.org/sites/default/files/fla_charter_2-12-14.pdf

      • Does the scheme owner require that CAB auditors successfully complete auditor training based on ISO 19011, or equivalent?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        II.Specific Information Gathering Steps A. General Guidance The following suggests the general steps that should be taken in conducting outreach to local organizations to provide information and perspective that can help to ensure the effectiveness and credibility of the FLA monitoring process. The FLA Charter requires that accredited monitoring organizations be familiar with local laws and practices. The individual(s) representing these organizations also should be sufficiently knowledgeable to be able to engage effectively in the consultation process with local organizations.... Monitors’ Skills: Interviewers must have sufficient language skills to conduct an effective interview and shall be sufficiently knowledgeable about local cultural characteristics and factory conditions to analyze information gathered through the interview.

      • Does the scheme owner require that new auditors have a probationary period where their competence in an audit is assessed or supervised?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        In seeking accreditation, a prospective Independent External Monitor (iii) conduct a trial audit with an observer appointed by the Executive Director... FLA Charter p.19-20 http://www.fairlabor.org/sites/default/files/fla_charter_2-12-14.pdf

      • Does the scheme owner require that CAB auditors are evaluated at least every 3 years?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        'The FLA Board of Directors accredits both monitoring organizations and individual lead assessors for its Independent External Assessment program for a period of two years, which is renewable for successive two-year periods.' FLA Charter p.20 http://www.fairlabor.org/sites/default/files/monitoring_guidance_and_compliance_benchmarks_0.pdf

      • Does the scheme owner have or require that CABs have a continuing professional development program in place?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        Prospective monitors shall also demonstrate the capacity to ensure the ongoing quality, integrity and independence of their monitoring work, including internal controls and professional staff development. FLA Charter p.20 http://www.fairlabor.org/sites/default/files/fla_charter_2-12-14.pdf

      • Does the scheme owner require that there are repercussions such as probation or suspension for the misconduct or poor performance of CAB personnel?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        An Independent Provider shall be accountable to the Association for professional misconduct or gross negligence in the conduct of its monitoring or assessments or the preparation or content of its monitoring or assessment reports. If a complaint concerning the professional misconduct or negligence of an Independent Provider is submitted to the Association, the Executive Director shall assess the reliability and severity of the complaint and inform the provider of the contents of such complaint. In the event that the Executive Director determines that an Independent Provider has committed such alleged misconduct or negligence, the Executive Director shall recommend to the Board the appropriate sanction. The Board shall have the authority to restrict, suspend, and/or remove all or part of the accreditat FLA Charter p.20 http://www.fairlabor.org/sites/default/files/fla_charter_2-12-14.pdf

    • Accreditation / Oversight
      71/100
      • Does the scheme require a documented accreditation or oversight mechanism?
        Answer: Yes publicly available
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (70 points)
        • Yes publicly available (100 points)

        Source:

        D. Accountability of Independent Providers Independent External Monitors shall be accredited for a two-year period, which accreditation can be renewed for successive two-year periods thereafter. In applying forreaccreditation with the Association, the Independent External Monitor (i) disclose to the Association any material change to its original application that may affect its independence or qualifications under the criteria set forth above; (ii) pass an evaluation at head office and at field level as deemed appropriate by the Executive Director; and (iii) agree to an annual audit by FLA staff of the Independent External Monitor’s internal records that pertain to its monitoring performed under the auspices of the Association.' FLA Charter p.20 (http://www.fairlabor.org/sites/default/files/fla_charter_2-12-14.pdf)

      • Does the scheme owner require ISO 17011 compliance for ABs?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        No external accreditiation body. The accreditiation body consists of the FLA board of directors.

      • Is the accreditation or oversight body independent from the scheme owner?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        No external accreditiation body. The accreditiation body consists of the FLA board of directors.

      • How often do assurance providers undergo a full accreditation or oversight assessment?
        Answer: 2-3 years
        Score: 80/100
        Possible answers
        • <1 year (100 points)
        • 1 year (100 points)
        • 2-3 years (80 points)
        • 4-5 years (50 points)
        • >5 years (10 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        Independent External Monitors shall be accredited for a two-year period, which accreditation can be renewed for successive two-year periods thereafter. http://www.fairlabor.org/sites/default/files/fla_charter_2-12-14.pdf

      • Is the frequency of an accreditation or oversight assessment based in part on a risk assessment of the client?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        No

      • Does the scheme owner ensure that all CABs are free to apply to operate under the scheme, irrespective of their country of residence, size and of the existing number of providers already operating under the scheme?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        No

      • Does the scheme owner accept CABs that are accredited/accepted by ABs to similar or generic scopes (proxy accreditation)?
        Answer: No
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (100 points)
        • Yes (0 points)
        • Yes assess scheme-specific competence (80 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        No

      • Does the scheme owner require ABs or oversight bodies to have a documented complaints mechanism in place for compliance decisions?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        FLA "Monitor Accreditation, Evaluation and Handling of Complaints", p. 4

      • Does the scheme owner require ABs or oversight bodies to have a procedure in place for how CABs are required to address non-conformities using a corrective action process?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        FLA "Monitor Accreditation, Evaluation and Handling of Complaints", p. 3

      • Does the scheme owner require ABs or oversight bodies to make summary accreditation/oversight reports (with personal and commercially sensitive information removed) available?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (70 points)
        • Yes publicly (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        NA

      • Does the scheme owner ensure that the accreditation or oversight assessment includes an on-site assessment of the CAB?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        No

      • Does the scheme owner ensure that the accreditation or oversight process includes a review of the performance of CABs and auditors in the field?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        Assessors are accredited for specific regions in which they document and display (through shadow auditing conducted by the FLA prior to accreditation) experience and expertise. http://www.fairlabor.org/transparency/fla-accredited-monitoring-organizations

  • Claims & Traceability
    Claims and labelling policy and chain of custody
    86/100
    • Traceability
      91/100
      • Does the scheme owner have a documented Chain of Custody standard or other traceability requirements?
        Answer: Yes available on request
        Score: 70/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (70 points)
        • Yes publicly available (100 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        FLA Accountability & Transparency Work Plan_Feb 2016

      • In terms of the level of traceability, which is the least strict CoC model that the scheme allows?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Segregation (100 points)
        • Mass Balance (70 points)
        • Certificate Trading (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        NA

      • Are there any CoC requirements for non-certified material, in case mixing of certified with uncertified inputs is allowed?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        NA

      • Does the scheme owner require CABs to verify that all enterprises within the chain maintain accurate and accessible records that allow any certified product or batch of products to be traceable from the point of sale to the buyer?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        NA

      • Are companies required to keep CoC records for at least the term of certificate validity?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        NA

      • Does the scheme have a traceability system that enables checking of product flow between links of the supply chain?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        Applied to the agriculture sector already. The 2016 Accountability & Transparency Work Plan will also look at expanding scope of affiliation for other (apparel, footwear, electronic) companies looking beyond tier 1 suppliers. If this becomes operational, traceability tools and methodology will be extanded to non agriculture supply chains.

    • Claims & Labelling
      83/100
      • Does the scheme owner make documented requirements governing the use of symbols, logos and claims available?
        Answer: Yes publicly
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (70 points)
        • Yes publicly (100 points)

        Source:

        FLA Charter p.16 " A Participating Company ... shall not have the right to use the service mark of the Association (if any) for any purpose unless: (a) such Products have been determined by the Association to be produced in Compliance with the Fair Labor Association Standards; and (b) the Participating Company continues to satisfy the criteria set forth above for participation in the Association. If these conditions have been met, then the Participating Company shall be entitled to communicate to the public that the Association has found that such Products have been produced in Compliance with the Fair Labor Association Standards and shall be entitled to use the service mark of the Association (if any) in product labeling, advertising and other communications to consumers and shareholders.'"

      • Do claims and labelling requirements ensure that claims or logos clearly indicate to what they apply?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        "COMMUNICATIONS TO THE PUBLIC... A Participating Company cannot make any public announcement or other communication to the public that all or some of its Products are produced in Compliance with the Fair Labor Association Standards and shall not have the right to use the service mark of the Association (if any) for any purpose unless: (a) such Products have been determined by the Association to be produced in Compliance with the Fair Labor Association Standards; and (b) the Participating Company continues to satisfy the criteria set forth above for participation in the Association. If these conditions have been met, then the Participating Company shall be entitled to communicate to the public that the Association has found that such Products have been produced in Compliance with the Fair Labor Association Standards and shall be entitled to use the service mark of the Association (if any) in product labeling, advertising and other communications to consumers and shareholders."

      • Do claims requirements specify the types of claims that can be made for different types of CoC models, where the scheme owner allows for more than one model?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        NA

      • Are claims and label users required to use unique license numbers or other tracking mechanisms?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        NA

      • Does the scheme owner require surveillance of the accurate use of claims and labels in the market, including a complaints mechanism to report misuse?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        No

      • Does the scheme require different claims depending on the percentage of certified / verified content in a product?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        NA

      • What is the minimum percentage of a certified / verified input in a single ingredient product for a claim to be allowed for that product?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • 0-49% (25 points)
        • 50-74% (50 points)
        • 75-94% (80 points)
        • 95-100% (100 points)
        • Not specified (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        NA

      • What is the minimum percentage of certified / verified material in a composite product for a claim to be allowed for that product?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • 0-20% (25 points)
        • 21-50% (50 points)
        • 51-74% (80 points)
        • 75-100% (100 points)
        • Not specified (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        NA

      • Is the label accompanied by an explanatory text claim or a link to further information?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 100/100
        Possible answers
        • Yes (100 points)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        FLA Trademarks and Policy Regarding Usage by Stakeholders

      • Does the scheme have a procedure that defines specific consequences of misuse of claims?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (100 points)

En­vir­on­ment 11%

  • Prohibition of Chemicals Harmful to the Environment
  • Thresholds for Wastewater Parameters (Basic)
  • Prohibition of Chemicals Harmful to Human Health - Textile
  • Hazardous chemicals - substances of very high concern under REACH
  • Limit Values for Chemical Residues
  • Requirements for the Production of Natural Fibres
  • Chemicals
    Restriction and handling of (hazardous) chemicals
    11/100
    • Chemical Use
      8/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on chemical use?
        Answer: Increase efficiency/reduce chemical use
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 75/100
        Possible answers
        • Document use of all chemicals (25 points)
        • Increase efficiency/reduce chemical use (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        HSE.10.1 Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for all chemicals and hazardous substances used in the workplace must be available at the usage and storage sites of the chemicals and hazardous substances, in the local language and the language spoken by workers, if different from the local language. HSE.10.2 Workers shall have free access to MSDS.

        Referenzdokumente:

        HSE.10.1, HSE10.2

      • Does the standard include criteria on chemicals listed on the REACH Candidate List as substances of very high concern?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Restrict use (50 points)
        • Prohibit use (100 points)
      • Does the standard include criteria on the use of biocides in the finishing process?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Restrict use (50 points)
        • Prohibit use (100 points)
      • Does the standard include criteria on the use of formaldehyde?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Restrict use (50 points)
        • Prohibit use (100 points)
      • Does the standard include criteria on the use of nanomaterials?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Restrict use (50 points)
        • Prohibit use (100 points)
      • Does the standard include criteria on the use of flame retardants?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Prohibit use of halogenated flame retardants (80 points)
        • Prohibit use of halogenated and other flame retardants (100 points)
      • Does the standard include criteria on biodegredability of substances?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
      • Does the standard include criteria on H statements H400, H410, H411?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Prohibit use for some applications (60 points)
        • Prohibit use for all applications (80 points)
        • Prohibit use of additional H statements for all applications (100 points)
      • Does the standard include criteria on H statements H300, H310, H330, H340, H341, H350, H351, H360, H361, H370, H371?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Prohibit use for some applications (60 points)
        • Prohibit use for all applications (80 points)
        • Prohibit use of additional H statements for all applications (100 points)
      • Does the standard include criteria on testing the final product regarding residues of chemicals?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Limit values for less or equal than 10 residues are defined (50 points)
        • Limit values for more than 10 residues are defined (100 points)
    • Handling of Hazardous Substances
      38/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on storage and labelling of chemicals?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 75/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        HSE.9.1 All chemicals and hazardous substances shall be properly labeled and stored in secure and ventilated areas and disposed of in a safe and legal manner, in accordance with applicable laws. HSE.9.1.1 Labels shall be placed in the local language and the language spoken by workers, if different from the local language.

        Referenzdokumente:

        HSE.9.1, HSE9.1.1

      • Does the standard include criteria on selective and targeted application of chemicals?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
      • Does the standard include criteria on training on chemicals handling and exposure?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 75/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        HSE.9.2 Workers shall receive training, appropriate to their job responsibilities,concerning the hazards, risks and the safe use of chemicals and other hazardous substances.

        Referenzdokumente:

        HSE.9.2

      • Does the standard include criteria on specific procedures/controls to deal with pollution incidents (to mitigate environmental impacts)?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        Referenzdokumente:

  • Water
    Water usage and wastewater treatment
    11/100
    • Water Use
      75/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on water consumption in the production phase?
        Answer: Monitor water volumes & increase efficiency
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 75/100
        Possible answers
        • Monitor volumes of water consumption over time (50 points)
        • Monitor water volumes & increase efficiency (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        ER.31.3 Environmental policies shall commit to minimize environmental impacts with respect to energy, air emissions, water, waste, hazardous materials, and other significant environmental risks.

        Referenzdokumente:

        ER.31 Health, Safety, and Environmental Management System/Policies and Procedures

    • Wastewater
      0/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on wastewater quality and wastewater treatment?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Monitor wastewater quality over time (25 points)
        • Treat wastewater (75 points)
        • Treat wastewater with parameters defined to ensure appropriate quality of wastewater (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        Referenzdokumente:

      • Does the standard include criteria on wastewater volumes (per unit of production)?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Monitor wastewater volumes over time (25 points)
        • Limit wastewater volumes (100 points)
      • Does the standard include threshold values on basic wastewater parameters?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Only for one production step (50 points)
        • For different production steps (100 points)
      • Does the standard include threshold values on advanced wastewater parameters?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Not all of these parameters are covered (85 points)
        • All of these parameters are covered (100 points)
  • Inputs
    Requirements on the materials used in the final product
    0/100
    • Fibres
      0/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on the production of natural fibres?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Fibres are extensively tested for agrochemical residues (40 points)
        • Fibres are extensively tested for agrochemical residues AND production follows IPM (50 points)
        • Less than 50% of fibres is organic (non-organic fibres has to be tested for agrochemical residues) (60 points)
        • 51% - 90% of fibres is organic (non-organic fibres has to be tested for agrochemical residues) (80 points)
        • More than 90% of fibres is organic (100 points)
      • Does the standard include criteria on the production of synthetic fibers?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • General criteria (25 points)
        • Specific criteria depending on different types of synthetic fibers (100 points)
      • Does the standard include criteria on the usage of recycled material?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Use of recycled material in packaging (10 points)
        • Use of recycled material in product (90 points)
        • Use of recycled material in packaging and product (100 points)
  • Quality
    Usability und durability of products
    0/100
    • Quality and Suitability
      0/100
      • Does the standard cover criteria on the quality of textiles?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Less than four aspects are tested (75 points)
        • All four aspects (fastness of rubbing/ perspiration/ light/ washing) are tested (100 points)
  • Energy
    Energy consumption and renewable energy
    0/100
    • Energy Consumption
      0/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on energy consumption in the production phase?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Monitor energy consumption over time (50 points)
        • Increase efficiency/reduce energy consumption OR increase use of renewables (90 points)
        • Increase efficiency/reduce energy consumption AND increase use of renewables (100 points)
  • Waste & Air Pollution
    Reduction and management of waste and air pollutants
    28/100
    • Waste Production
      21/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on volumes of waste?
        Answer: Monitor volumes of waste over time
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 38/100
        Possible answers
        • Monitor volumes of waste over time (50 points)
        • Reduce volumes of waste (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        ER.31.3 Environmental policies shall commit to minimize environmental impacts with respect to energy, air emissions, water, waste, hazardous materials, and other significant environmental risks.

        Referenzdokumente:

        ER.31.3

      • Does the standard include criteria on re-using or recycling waste on-site?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
      • Does the standard include criteria on toxicity of waste?
        Answer: Document toxic waste
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 19/100
        Possible answers
        • Document toxic waste (25 points)
        • Reduce and/or treat toxic waste (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        ER.31.3 Environmental policies shall commit to minimize environmental impacts with respect to energy, air emissions, water, waste, hazardous materials, and other significant environmental risks.

        Referenzdokumente:

        ER.31.3

    • Waste Management
      53/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on waste management in the production phase?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 75/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        ER.31.3 Environmental policies shall commit to minimize environmental impacts with respect to energy, air emissions, water, waste, hazardous materials, and other significant environmental risks.

        Referenzdokumente:

        ER.31.3

      • Does the standard include criteria on waste segregation?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 75/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        ER.31.2 The health, safety, and environmental policies shall contain the framework for a comprehensive health, safety, and environmental management system within which the following are clear and regularly tested and reviewed: ER.31.2.1 employers’ responsibilities, ER.31.2.2 workers’ rights and duties, ER.31.2.3 responsibilities of designated personnel, ER.31.2.4 procedures that enable workers to raise health, safety, and environmental concerns ER.31.2.5 procedures for reporting death, injury, illness and other health and safety issues (for instance, near-miss accidents) and environmental emergencies, and ER.31.2.6 protections to workers who allege health, safety, and environmental violations.

        Referenzdokumente:

        ER.31.2

      • Does the standard include criteria on safe disposal of hazardous waste?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 75/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        ER.31.3 Environmental policies shall commit to minimize environmental impacts with respect to energy, air emissions, water, waste, hazardous materials, and other significant environmental risks.

        Referenzdokumente:

        ER.31.3

      • Does the standard include criteria on uncontrolled on-site waste burning?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Restrict waste burning (75 points)
        • Prohibit waste burning (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        Referenzdokumente:

      • Does the standard include criteria on uncontrolled waste landfilling?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Restrict waste landfilling (75 points)
        • Prohibit waste landfilling (100 points)

        Referenzdokumente:

      • Does the standard include criteria on handling or disposal of waste by third parties?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Keep records on third party contractors (25 points)
        • Evaluate third party contractors (in terms of suitability and disposal/treatment methods) (100 points)

        Referenzdokumente:

    • Air pollution (excl. GHG) & Immission
      15/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on air pollution?
        Answer: Reduce emissions (through end-of-pipe technology)
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 75/100
        Possible answers
        • Monitor emissions over time (50 points)
        • Reduce emissions (through end-of-pipe technology) (90 points)
        • Increase emission efficiency (reduce emissions at source) (100 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        ER.31.3 Environmental policies shall commit to minimize environmental impacts with respect to energy, air emissions, water, waste, hazardous materials, and other significant environmental risks.

        Referenzdokumente:

        ER.31.3

      • For which production phase does the standard include criteria on air pollution?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • For some production steps (50 points)
        • For all production steps (100 points)

        Referenzdokumente:

        ER.31

  • Environmental Management
    Sound environmental management practices
    60/100
    • Environmental Management
      60/100
      • Does the standard include a general criterion on compliance with all relevant local, regional and national environmental laws and regulations?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 75/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        Employers shall comply with all national laws, regulations and procedures concerning health, safety, and the environment.

        Referenzdokumente:

        HSE.1 General Compliance Health, Safety, and Environment

      • Does the standard include criteria to ensure that relevant and up-to-date permits are held (such as water use rights or land use titles)?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 75/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        HSE.4 Permits and Certificates Employers shall at all times be in possession of all legally required and valid permits and certificates related to health, safety, and environmental issues, such as those related to the purchase and storage of chemicals, fire safety inspections, inspection of machinery, and (chemical) waste disposal.

        Referenzdokumente:

        http://www.fairlabor.org/sites/default/files/fla_complete_code_and_benchmarks.pdf

      • Does the standard include criteria on assessing the environmental risks and impacts of production/operations prior to any significant intensification or expansion of business operations/cultivation and infrastructure?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 75/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        The FLA requires its affiliates/companies to comply with national/local legal requirements, such as environmental risk assessment prior to beginning its operation which is also flagged as non-compliance in reports. Thus, depending on the country, this will be noted as a violation and will be flagged (Pakistan, India etc.), Er.31, reports as examples can be sent from this cycle

        Referenzdokumente:

        ER.31

      • Does the standard include criteria on mitigating negative environmental impacts prior to production/operation?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 75/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

        ER.31.1 Employers shall develop, maintain, and regularly review written health, safety, and environmental policies, at the very least, aimed at complying with legal minimum health, safety, and environmental standards, regulations and procedures.

        Referenzdokumente:

        ER.31.1

      • Does the standard include criteria on stakeholder engagement to achieve environmental targets?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
        • Maintain stakeholder lists (25 points)
        • Inform appropriate stakeholders on environmental targets (50 points)
        • Consult appropriate stakeholders to achieve environmental targets (100 points)

So­cio-E­co­nom­ic 62%

  • Prohibition and Abolition of Forced Labour
  • Prohibition of Child Labour (Minimum Age/ILO 138)
  • Freedom of Association
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Prohibition of Worst Forms of Child Labour
  • Equal Remuneration (manufacturing stage)
  • Non-Discrimination (manufacturing stage)
  • Occupational Health and Safety.
  • Workers' Rights and Benefits of Sub-Contractors
  • Labour Contracts
  • Working Hours (manufacturing stage)
  • Labour Rights and Working Conditions
    Workers’ rights and working conditions
    73/100
    • Basic Labour Rights
      73/100
      • Child Labour
        71/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on the prohibition of child labour as defined under ILO 138?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 75/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          CL.2 Child Labor Employers shall not employ anyone under the age of 15 or under the age for completion of compulsory education, whichever is higher. CL.4 Employment of Young Workers Employers shall comply with all relevant laws that apply to young workers (e.g.those between the minimum working age and the age of 18), including regulations related to hiring, working conditions, types of work, hours of work, proof of age documentation, and overtime.

          Referenzdokumente:

          CL.2 Child Labor CL.4 Employment of Young Workers

        • Does the standard cover requirements on the prevention of worst forms of child labour as defined under ILO 182?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 75/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          No person under the age of 18 shall undertake hazardous work, i.e. work which, by its nature or the circumstances in which it is carried out, is likely to harm the health, safety or morals of persons under the age of 18.

          Referenzdokumente:

          CL.5 Hazardous Work for Young Workers

        • Does the standard require that assistance be provided to replaced child workers?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

        • Does the standard require verification and documentation of age of (young) workers?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 75/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          ER.4.1 Employers shall collect and maintain all documentation necessary to confirm and verify date of birth of all workers, such as birth certificates.ER.4.1.1 Employers shall take reasonable measures to ensure such documentation is complete and accurate.

          Referenzdokumente:

          ER.4 Recruitment and Hiring/Proof of Age Documentation

        • Does the standard include criteria on special treatment of young workers?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 75/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          'Employers shall comply with all relevant laws that apply to young workers (e.g. those between the minimum working age and the age of 18), including regulations related to hiring, working conditions, types of work, hours of work, proof of age documentation, and overtime.'

          Referenzdokumente:

          CL.4 Employment of Young Workers

      • Wages and Benefits
        73/100
        • Does the standard require paying wages sufficient to meet basic needs of the worker and his or her family (living wage)?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 75/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          'Employers shall pay at least the minimum wage or the appropriate prevailing wage, whichever is higher, comply with all legal requirements on wages, and provide any fringe benefits required by law or contract. Where compensation does not meet workers’ basic needs and provide some discretionary income, each employer shall work with the FLA to take appropriate actions that seek to progressively realize a level of compensation that does.'

          Referenzdokumente:

          IX. COMPENSATION (C)

        • Does the standard require paying legal minimum wages and social benefits?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 75/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          Employers shall pay workers at least the legal minimum wage or the prevailing industry wage, whichever is higher, for regular working hours (not including overtime). Workers should also be informed about the legal minimum wage.

          Referenzdokumente:

          C.2 Minimum Wage

        • Does the standard require compensating overtime?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 75/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          C.7.2 Employees shall be compensated for overtime hours at such premium rate as is legally required in the producing country.C.7.2.1 In those countries where there is no legally established overtime premium, employees shall be compensated for overtime hours at the prevailing industry premium rate or at the internationally recognized overtime rate, whichever is higher.C.7.3 Employers shall not set production targets, piecework, or any other incentive or production system at such a level that the payment for overtime work performed is less than the premium pay required by law or the FLA Workplace Code.

          Referenzdokumente:

          FLA Workplace Code of Conduct and Compliance Benchmarks. Revised October 5, 2011

        • Does the standard require paid leave?
          Answer: one out of 3 (casual/ sick/ annual)
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 56/100
          Possible answers
          • one out of 3 (casual/ sick/ annual) (50 points)
          • two out of three (75 points)
          • all (100 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          Annual LeaveEmployers shall provide workers with paid annual leave as required under national laws, regulations and procedures. Sick LeaveEmployers shall provide workers with sick leave as required under national laws, regulations and procedures.

          Referenzdokumente:

          HOW.11 Annual Leave HOW.16 Sick Leave

        • Does the standard require wages being paid in a timely, regular and convenient manner understood by all employees?
          Answer: yes, all
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 75/100
          Possible answers
          • yes, some (70 points)
          • yes, all (100 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          Minimum WageEmployers shall pay workers at least the legal minimum wage or the prevailing industry wage, whichever is higher, for regular working hours (not including overtime). Workers should also be informed about the legal minimum wage. Timely Payment of WagesAll wages, including payment for overtime, shall be paid within legally defined time limits. When no time limits are defined by law, compensation shall be paid at least once a month.

          Referenzdokumente:

          C.2 Minimum Wage C.4 Timely Payment of Wages

      • Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
        74/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on freedom of association and the right to organize as described in ILO 87?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 75/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          Workers, without distinction whatsoever, shall have the right to establish and to join organizations of their own choosing, subject only to the rules of the organization concerned, without previous authorization. The right to freedom of association begins at the time that workers seeks employment and continues through the course of employment, including eventual termination ofemployment, and is applicable as well to unemployed and retired workers.

          Referenzdokumente:

          FOA.2 Right to Freely Associate

        • Does the standard include criteria on the right to collective bargaining, as laid down by ILO 98?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 75/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          FOA.16.1 Employers shall recognize the rights of workers to free and voluntary collective bargaining with a view to the regulation of terms and conditions of employment by collective agreements.FOA.16.2 Employers and worker representatives shall bargain in good faith, i.e. engage in genuine and constructive negotiations and make every effort to reach an agreement.

          Referenzdokumente:

          FOA.16 Right to Collective Bargaining/Good Faith

        • Does the standard include criteria on the formation of workers representations where freedom of association is restricted by law?
          Answer: allow
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 68/100
          Possible answers
          • allow (90 points)
          • promote (100 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          When the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining is restricted under law, employers shall not obstruct legal alternative means of workers association.

          Referenzdokumente:

          FOA.3 Legal Restriction/Alternative Means

        • Does the standard include criteria on worker grievance mechanisms?
          Answer: +monitor, follow up on and inform about outcome of grievances
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 75/100
          Possible answers
          • define policy and procedure (50 points)
          • +monitor, follow up on and inform about outcome of grievances (75 points)
          • +no retribution (100 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          ER.25.3 There shall be a mechanism that allows workers to report harassment and grievances confidentially, including any concerns or problems they may be experiencing around legally-owed payments during a retrenchment process. ER.25.3.1 Employers shall have in place written procedures that allow adirect settlement of the grievance by the worker and the immediate supervisor. Where this is inappropriate or has failed, there should be additional options for senior management review and consideration, depending on the nature of the grievance and the structure and size of the enterprise.ER.25.3.2 Employers shall ensure that the grievance procedures and applicable rules are known to workers.

          Referenzdokumente:

          ER.25 Industrial Relations

      • Answer:
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
      • Voluntary Labour
        75/100
        • Does the standard prohibit forced and compulsory labour as defined in ILO 29 and 105?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 75/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          General Compliance Forced LaborEmployers shall comply with all national laws, regulations and procedures concerning the prohibition of forced labor and human trafficking. F.2 Freedom in EmploymentAll workers shall have the right to enter into and to terminate their employment freely. F.3 Debt/Bonded LaborEmployers shall not bind workers to employment as a condition of fulfilling terms of a debt to a third party or to the employer...F.7 Freedom of Movement/Workers Ability to TerminateEmployers shall not utilize practices that restrict workers freedom of movement or ability to terminate his or her employment.'

          Referenzdokumente:

          F.1 General Compliance Forced Labor F.2 Freedom in Employment F.3 Debt/Bonded Labor F.4 Freedom of Movement

        • Does the standard include criteria on the freedom of movemenent of employees?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 75/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          Employers shall not unreasonably restrain the freedom of movement of workers, including movement in canteens, during breaks, using toilets, accessing water, or accessing necessary medical attention, as a means to maintain labor discipline.

          Referenzdokumente:

          H/A.7 Discipline/Freedom of Movement

        • Does the standard prohibit the withholding of workers' documents?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 75/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          Employers shall not utilize practices that restrict workers freedom of movement or ability to terminate his or her employment. Examples of such practices include, but are not limited F.7.6 denying and hampering access to, and renewal of, identity papers and/or work permits or any other personal legal (identification) documents.

          Referenzdokumente:

          F.7 Freedom of Movement/Workers Ability to Terminate

      • Gender
        64/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on having policies and/ or processes in place that prevent discrimination of women and men in the workplace?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 75/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          No person shall be subject to any discrimination in employment, including hiring, compensation, advancement, discipline, termination or retirement, on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, political opinion, social group or ethnic origin.

          Referenzdokumente:

          II. NONDISCRIMINATION (ND)

        • Does the standard address the payment of equal wages as defined in ILO 100?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 75/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          ND.3.1 There shall be no differences in compensation for workers for work of equal value on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, political opinion, social group or ethnic origin.

          Referenzdokumente:

          ND.3 Compensation Discrimination

        • Does the standard include criteria on the right to maternity leave (as defined in ILO 183)?
          Answer: partial compliance
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 38/100
          Possible answers
          • partial compliance (50 points)
          • full compliance (90 points)
          • beyond 183 (100 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          'ND.8.1 Employers shall abide by all protective provisions in national laws and regulations benefitting pregnant workers and new mothers, including provisions concerning maternity leave and other benefits; prohibitions regarding night work, temporary reassignments away from work stations and work environments that may pose a risk to the health of pregnant women and their unborn children or new mothers and their new born children, temporary adjustment of working hours during and after pregnancy, and the provision of breast-feeding breaks and facilities.ND.8.1.1 Where such legal protective provisions are lacking, employers shall take reasonable measures to ensure the safety and health of pregnant women and their unborn children.ND.8.1.2 Such measures shall be taken in a manner that shall not unreasonably affect the employment status, including compensation of pregnant women

          Referenzdokumente:

          ND.8 Protection and Accommodation of Pregnant Workers and New Mothers

      • Non-Discrimination
        75/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on the non-discrimination in the workplace, as defined in ILO 111?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 75/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          No person shall be subject to any discrimination in employment, including hiring, compensation, advancement, discipline, termination or retirement, on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, political opinion, social group or ethnic origin.

          Referenzdokumente:

          II. NONDISCRIMINATION (ND)

        • Does the standard include criteria on the non-discrimination of persons with disabilities?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 75/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          'No person shall be subject to any discrimination in employment, including hiring, compensation, advancement, discipline, termination or retirement, on the basis of ... disability'

          Referenzdokumente:

          II. NONDISCRIMINATION (ND)

      • Working Hours
        75/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on working hours, as defined in ILO Convention 1?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 75/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          Employers shall not require workers to work more than the regular and overtime hours allowed by the law of the country where the workers are employed. The regular work week shall not exceed 48 hours. Employers shall allow workers at least 24 consecutive hours of rest in every seven-day period. All overtime work shall be consensual.Employers shall not request overtime on a regular basis and shall compensate all overtime work at a premium rate. Other than in exceptional circumstances, the sum of regular and overtime hours in a week shall not exceed 60 hours.

          Referenzdokumente:

          VIII. HOURS OF WORK (HOW)

      • Scope of Labour Rights
        75/100
        • Do worker's rights and benefits set out by the standard apply to all forms of work?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 75/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          ER.6.1 Employers shall use standard contract language with employment agencies that specifically imparts power to employers to directly pay wages to migrant/contract/contingent/temporary workers and ensures equality of compensation and workplace standards as set under the FLA Workplace Code and national laws and regulations.contract/contingent/temporary, home workers, pregnant or disabled workers, are implemented.'

          Referenzdokumente:

          ER.6 Recruitment and Hiring/Employers Agreement with Employment Agencies

        • Do the standard's rights and benefits for workers also apply to sub-contracted labour?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 75/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          There shall be no differences in compensation for workers for work of equal value on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, political opinion, social group or ethnic origin.

          Referenzdokumente:

          ND.3.1

        • Does the standard include criteria on the establishment of labour contracts compliant with national legal requirements?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 75/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          'Employers shall have in place written policies and practices and maintain proper and accurate records governing all aspects of employment from recruitment, hiring and probation, including written terms and conditions of employment, job descriptions, administration of compensation, and working hours for all positions, through to retrenchment and termination processes.'

          Referenzdokumente:

          C.1 General Compliance Compensation

      • Labour Rights Management
        75/100
        • Does the standard include requirements on setting up policies or procedures to manage basic labour rights in the workplace?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 75/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          ER.1.1 Employers shall have in place written policies and practices and maintain proper and accurate records governing all aspects of employment from recruitment, hiring and probation, including written terms and conditions of employment, job descriptions, administration of compensation, and working hours for all positions, through to retrenchment and termination processes.ER.1.2 Employers shall assign responsibility for the administration of human resources to a clearly defined and adequately qualified staff member or staff members and ensure workers at all levels receive communication and training about existing policies and procedures or any revisions.ER.1.3 Employers should implement a regular review process of policies, procedures and their implementation in a consultative manner and amend when warranted.

          Referenzdokumente:

          ER.1 General/Human Resource Management Systems

    • Answer:
      Score: 0/100
      Possible answers
    • Answer:
      Score: 0/100
      Possible answers
    • Health and Safety
      75/100
      • Workers Health
        78/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on occupational health and safety, as defined in ILO 155?
          Answer: full compliance with ILO 155
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 75/100
          Possible answers
          • partial compliance with ILO 155 (70 points)
          • full compliance with ILO 155 (100 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          Employers shall provide a safe and healthy workplace setting to prevent accidents and injury to health arising out of, linked with, or occurring in the course of work or as a result of the operation of employers’ facilities. Employers shall adopt responsible measures to mitigate negative impacts that the workplace has on the environment.'

          Referenzdokumente:

          FOA.5 Anti-Union Discrimination/Dismissal, Other Loss of Rights, and Blacklisting

        • Does the standard include requirements on workplace conditions?
          Answer: yes, all
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 75/100
          Possible answers
          • yes, some (50 points)
          • yes, all (100 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          All necessary ventilation, plumbing, electrical, noise and lighting services shall be installed and maintained to conform to applicable laws and to prevent or minimize hazardous conditions to workers in the facility.

          Referenzdokumente:

          HSE.13 Ventilation/Electrical/Facility Installation and Maintenance

        • Does the standard require policies and procedures to manage health and safety in the workplace?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          'A Company, Retailer or Supplier that desires to participate in the Association shall submit to the Association an application consisting of a Monitoring Plan that describes such Applicant’s internal compliance program, including the implementation of internal monitoring, independent external monitoring and assessments, and a system of remediation'

          Referenzdokumente:

          FLA Charter p.12-13

      • Access to Medical Services
        60/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on the access to basic medical services for workers?
          Answer: work-related accidents plus preventative care
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 75/100
          Possible answers
          • only treatment of acute work-related accidents / illness (70 points)
          • work-related accidents plus preventative care (100 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          HSE.18.1 Medical facilities shall be established and maintained in factories as required by applicable laws.HSE.18.2 Medical staff shall be fully licensed and recognized under applicable national rules and regulations.HSE.18.2.1 An appropriate number of medical staff shall be on duty during all working hours, including any type of overtime, as required under national law. HSE.18.3 An appropriate stock of medical supplies shall be maintained at all times.HSE.18.3.1 Medicines of which the expiration date has passed must be replaced immediately and disposed of in a safe manner.

          Referenzdokumente:

          HSE.18 Medical Facilities

        • Does the standard require compensation payments/ covering of costs in case of work related accidents and injuries?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
          • partial coverage of costs (50 points)
          • full coverage of costs (90 points)
          • compensation (100 points)
      • Sanitation
        75/100
        • Does the standard require that workers have access to safe drinking water?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 75/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          HSE.23.1 Safe and clean drinking water shall be freely available at all times, withinreasonable distance of the workplace.HSE.23.1.1 Drinking water shall be of a reasonable temperature.HSE.23.1.2 The means to drink water (e.g. cups) must be safe and sanitary and available in an appropriate number.

          Referenzdokumente:

          HSE.23 Drinking Water

        • Does the standard require access to clean and improved sanitation facilities?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 75/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          All facilities including workplace buildings, toilets, canteens, kitchens, and clinics, shall be kept clean and safe and be in compliance with all applicable laws, including relevant sanitation, medical, and safety and health regulations.

          Referenzdokumente:

          HSE.19 Sanitation in Workplace Facilities

      • Building and Fire Safety
        75/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on building safety?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 75/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          Ventilation/Electrical/Facility Installation and Maintenance All necessary ventilation, plumbing, electrical, noise and lighting services shall be installed and maintained to conform to applicable laws and to prevent or minimize hazardous conditions to workers in the facility. SE.25.1 Dormitory facilities should meet all applicable laws and regulations related to health, safety, and environment, including fire safety, sanitation, risk protection and electrical, mechanical, and structural safety.

          Referenzdokumente:

          HSE.13 Ventilation/Electrical/Facility Installation and Maintenance HSE.25 Dormitory Facilities

        • Does the standard cover fire-preparedness?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 75/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          HSE.6.1 All safety and medical equipment (e.g. fire fighting equipment, first aid kits) shall be available in sufficient numbers throughout the workplace, maintained and stocked as prescribed, and easily accessible to workers.HSE.6.2 A sufficient number of workers shall be trained in first aid and fire fighting techniques.

          Referenzdokumente:

          HSE.6 Safety Equipment and First Aid Training

        • Does the standard include criteria on evacuation safety?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 75/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          HSE.5.1 All applicable, legally required or recommended elements of safe evacuation (e.g. posting of evacuation plans, installation and maintenance of an alarm and emergency lighting systems, ensuring aisles/exits are not blocked and that workers are not blocked within their workstations, employee education, evacuation procedures) shall be complied with.evacuation plan (EEP) includes procedures for notifying local community authorities in case of accidental discharge or release of chemical/waste products or any other environmental emergency.

          Referenzdokumente:

          HSE.5.1

      • Prohibition of Harassment and Abuse (manufacturing stage)
        75/100
        • Does the standard prohibit harassment or abuse of workers?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 75/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          Discipline/Physical AbuseEmployers shall not use any form of – or threat of – physical violence, including slaps, pushes or other forms of physical contact as a means to maintain labor discipline. Discipline/Verbal AbuseEmployers shall not use any form of verbal violence, including screaming, yelling, or the use of threatening, demeaning, or insulting language, as a means to maintain labor discipline. Discipline/Psychological AbuseEmployers shall not use any form – or threat – of psychological abuse, such as forcing workers to sign letters of self-criticism or posting names of workers subject to disciplinary measures as a means to maintain labor discipline.

          Referenzdokumente:

          H/A.4 Discipline/Physical Abuse H/A.5 Discipline/Verbal Abuse H/A.6 Discipline/Psychological Abuse

  • Business Practice and Ethical Issues
    Legality and ethics in business practice
    47/100
    • Economic Development and Fair Business Practice
      58/100
      • Economic Sustainability
        68/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on the provision of professional training for workers?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 75/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          ER.28 Skills Development/TrainingER.28.1 Employers shall have written policies and procedures and implement practices that encourage ongoing training of all categories of workers with the goal of raising or broadening skills in order to advance in their careers within the factory or beyond.ER.28.1.1 The policies and procedures should include how workers will be informed of training opportunities, eligibility requirement for participation, if the training will be compulsory or voluntary, if it will take place during or after working hours, and if the training time will be compensated.ER.28.1.2 Policies and procedures must encompass local legal requirements.ER.28.2 Trainings shall be documented and workers shall clearly understand what is required of them in order to advance to the next level within the factory.

          Referenzdokumente:

          ER.28 Skills Development/Training

        • Does the standard include criteria on business viability?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 75/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          "8.1 Company Affiliate has formal, written policies and procedures for planning and purchasing that 1) articulate the many complexities involved in their global supply chains, including different supplier business models, and 2) require relevant internal representatives to work with suppliers to reduce negative impacts on working conditions. These policies and procedures shall address (a) alignment of financial terms with FLA Workplace Standards, (b) adequacy of lead time provided (considering, for example, availability of inputs, testing, design changes, and production capacity) to produce without excessive overtime, unauthorized subcontracting, or other negative impacts, and (c) balanced annual planning efforts to eliminate negative outcomes (i.e. lower efficiency, poor labor retention, and longer throughput) that arise from traditional seasonal order demand. a) Policies and procedures that address: • Element 1 and 2, • Financial terms, • Lead time, and • Balanced planning b) Freq

          Referenzdokumente:

          Principles of Fair Labor and Responsible Sourcing, Section 8

        • Does the standard include criteria on management plans for continuous improvement?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          8.5 Company Affiliate provides positive incentives for suppliers and/or facilities producing in a socially responsible and sustainable manner and, if applicable, having internal systems aligned with FLA Principles.

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          8.5

        • Does the standard include criteria on improving productivity?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
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          Excerpt from standard:

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      • Legality
        45/100
        • Does the standard include a requirement for compliance with relevant local, regional and national laws and regulations?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 75/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          Companies affiliated with the FLA are expected to comply with all relevant and applicable laws and regulations of the country in which workers are employed and to implement the Workplace Code in their applicable facilities. When differences or conflicts in standards arise, affiliated companies are expected to apply the highest standard.

          Referenzdokumente:

          Preamble

        • Does the standard include criteria on business legality?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
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          Excerpt from standard:

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      • Responsible Sourcing Practices
        78/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on price premiums?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 75/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          """8.1 Company Affiliate has formal, written policies and procedures for planning and purchasing that 1) articulate the many complexities involved in their global supply chains, including different supplier business models, and 2) require relevant internal representatives to work with suppliers to reduce negative impacts on working conditions. These policies and procedures shall address (a) alignment of financial terms with FLA Workplace Standards, (b) adequacy of lead time provided (considering, for example, availability of inputs, testing, design changes, and production capacity) to produce without excessive overtime, unauthorized subcontracting, or other negative impacts, and (c) balanced annual planning efforts to eliminate negative outcomes (i.e. lower efficiency, poor labor retention, and longer throughput) that arise from traditional seasonal order demand. a) Policies and procedures that address: • Element 1 and 2, • Financial terms, • Lead time, and • Balanced planning b) Fr

          Referenzdokumente:

          Section 8 .1

        • Does the standard's rights and benefits for workers also apply to input suppliers?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Immediately
          Score: 100/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          'A Company, Retailer or Supplier that desires to participate in the Association shall submit to the Association ... an agreement by the Applicant to undertake in good faith the A. To adopt, and cause its applicable licensees, contractors and suppliers to adopt, the Workplace Code in the manufacture of its products;B. To formally convey the Workplace Code (in the applicable local language) to its factories, and applicable licensees, contractors and suppliers, and communicate the Applicant’s commitment to comply with the Workplace Code to ... its applicable licensees, contractors and suppliers'

          Referenzdokumente:

          p.12-13

        • Does the standard include criteria on reducing time pressure for suppliers?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 75/100
          Possible answers

          Excerpt from standard:

          "Standard hours of work remediation language includes the following: ""5. FLA-affiliated company’s Sourcing and Social Compliance teams should adhere to the FLA Principles of Fair Labor and Responsible Sourcing and address the topics mentioned below to help the factory address the issue of excessive hours: a. How to provide better order forecasts to the factories; b. Possible workshops for the factory on how to improve productivity/quality; c. Clear guidelines on how to extend shipment deadlines in case of contingencies; d. Steps that factory management must follow if OT is inevitable (steps for how to communicate with the brand’s Sourcing and Social Compliance teams); e. Clear guidelines on calculation and the setting of reasonable production targets that will not demand work beyond regular working hours or during breaks; f. Clear guidelines on how and when the factory can use subcontractors and/or temporary workers to

          Referenzdokumente:

          Section 8

    • Corruption and Bribery
      0/100
      • Does the standard include criteria on the prevention of corruption and bribery?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers

        Excerpt from standard:

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      • Does the standard include criteria on conducting a due diligence assessment of business partners, including subsidiaries and contractors?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
      • Does the standard include criteria on training workers in positions of responsibility workers on issues of corruption and bribery?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/100
        Possible answers
  • Social & Cultural Rights and Community Engagement
    Basic economic, social and cultural rights
    16/100
    • Social and Cultural Rights
      16/100
      • Local Economic Development
        0/100
        • Does the standard include criteria relating to a preference to purchase local materials, goods, products and services?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard include criteria relating to hiring workers from local communities?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard include criteria on investment in community development beyond the business' operations?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
        • Does the standard include criteria on not adversely affecting local communities and neigboring small producers access to livelihoods (especially land and water)?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
      • Community Rights
        39/100
        • Does the standard include criteria on dispute resolution mechanisms for affected communities?
          Answer: grievance mechanism
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 56/100
          Possible answers
          • grievance mechanism (75 points)
          • +compensation mechanism (100 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          ER.25.3 There shall be a mechanism that allows workers to report harassment and grievances confidentially, including any concerns or problems they may be experiencing around legally-owed payments during a retrenchment process.

          Referenzdokumente:

          ER.25.3

        • Does the standard include criteria on the protection of local historical, archaeological, cultural, and spiritual properties and sites?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/100
          Possible answers
          • protect (75 points)
          • do not impede access (100 points)

Which lifecycle phases are covered by the standard?

Raw materials extraction and production

Cultivation of natural fibers (e.g. cotton) and production of synthetic fibers (e.g. polyester)

Manufacturing

The production and further processing of yarns and fabrics into a finished garment involves many sub-steps (e.g. spinning, weaving and knitting, sewing, tailoring and finishing)

Transportation / distribution

The transport route from one production stage to the next as well as to the end consumer

Products use and consumption

Usage through the owner

End-of-life

Proper disposal of textiles or return of materials to the cycle (recycling)