Global Standards was the first accredited
Independent External Monitor (IEM) for the Fair
Labor Association's Workplace Code of Conduct in
Vietnam and is accredited to monitor all elements
of the Code, since 2001.
Global Standards was further accredited by the
Fair Labor Association in China, Korea and
Thailand in addition to Vietnam.
The Fair Labor Association grew out of the
Apparel Industry Partnership, an initiative
launched by the Clinton administration in 1996 to
address the issue of international labor abuses in
the apparel and footwear industries.
The FLA is a multi-stakeholder initiative
including representatives from labor
organizations, consumer groups, universities and
companies. Currently the FLA includes many
major international producers of garments and
footwear from the US and Europe including:
- Phillips-Van Heusen
a full list of FLA brands and further
information see here.
The FLA has public reporting requirements for its
members and posts reports online. More on public
reporting and transparency may be found on
the FLA website.
FLA has replaced the old IEM audit and monitoring
process with SCI assessments based on in depth
systematic analysis of root causes with a view to
building sustainable compliance solutions for
supplier factories and the brands supply chains
they form part of. More information on
FLA's new SCI project here (PDF).
Global Standards has a trained and experienced
team of SCI assessors based in Vietnam able to
carry out SCI assessments for clients.
In addition to SCI, Global Standards is also
proud to be participating in FLA 3.0 training
project in Vietnam, where we can offer the latest
FLA trainings including PREPARE (Dialogue), Human
Resources Management (HRM), Wages & Working
For factories or other interested parties, the
full FLA Workplace Code of Conduct (in Adobe
Acrobat PDF format) in both English and
For more information about the Fair Labor
Association (FLA), please visit the FLA website at