Just a quick mention for Gildan, who became the first basic activewear apparel manufacturer to receive Fair Labor Association Accreditation. To date only eight companies worldwide have been accredited by the FLA, the majority of which outsource their manufacturing.
The FLA are “a non-profit organization dedicated to ending sweatshop conditions in factories worldwide”. Accreditation is their most advanced recognition of a company’s labour compliance program, a company must participate in the program for a three-year period, during which the FLA verifies their compliance with its workplace code of conduct requirements, to be eligible.
“We are proud of achieving FLA accreditation,” said Glenn J. Chamandy, President and Chief Executive Officer, “which reinforces the values of social responsibility”.
Essentially the Accreditation ensures that all Gildan shirts are made in factories fully compliant with FLA standards of fair labour.
Impressively this is the first time that a brand that is also a manufacturer, factory owners themselves rather than simply companies who contract with foreign factories, have been accredited for the compliance programs they developed – so congratulations Gildan.