AAFA/FLA Apparel & Footwear Industry Commitment to Responsible Recruitment

On October 22, 2018, the American Apparel & Footwear Association and the Fair Labor Association announced a proactive industry effort to address potential forced labor risks for migrant workers in the global supply chain.

Commitment:
As an industry and as individual companies, we are committed to the fair treatment of workers in the apparel, footwear, and travel goods supply chains. One important part of this ongoing effort is working together to eliminate conditions that can lead to forced labor in the countries from which we source products.

We commit to work with our global supply chain partners to create conditions so that:

  • No workers pay for their job
  • Workers retain control of their travel documents and have full freedom of movement; and
  • All workers are informed of the basic terms of their employment before leaving home.

Conditions for Signing the Commitment to Responsible Recruitment
For the Commitment to Responsible Recruitment to be an effective industry tool to address risks of forced labor, companies must have the intent to seriously and effectively implement the Commitments. 

Therefore, companies who sign the Commitment to Responsible Recruitment agree to do the following:

  1. Incorporate the Commitment to Responsible Recruitment into their company social compliance standards, such as their code of conduct, before December 31, 2019 (for companies that become signatories after May 1, 2019, companies will have one year from the date of signing to incorporate the Commitment to Responsible Recruitment into their company social compliance standards, such as their code of conduct);
  2. Periodically report on their actions to imbed elements of the Commitment to Responsible Recruitment in company’s policies and processes through their sustainability reporting and/or modern slavery legal disclosures.
For questions about how to take part, contact AAFA’s Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Nate Herman. For media inquiries, contact Alexander Gibson at media@aafaglobal.org.


Action Plan
The following document outlines activities that organizations will partake in as part of the Commitment to Responsible Recruitment:
Resources

The following document outlines resources to assist organizations taking part in the Commitment to Responsible Recruitment:


Webinars

Past webinar recordings and slide decks can be found below:
  • The Migrant Worker Journey and the Commitment to Responsible Recruitment (July 17, 2019) - Recording / Slide Deck
  • Aligning Your Social Compliance Program with the Commitment (April 25, 2019) - Recording / Slide Deck

Participants

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