Fair Labor Association®
Membership in the Fair Labor Association® holds us and other apparel companies accountable for responsible labor practices.
Patagonia is a founding and accredited member of the Fair Labor Association® (FLA), a Washington, DC-based nonprofit that was established in 1999 to protect workers’ labor rights around the world.
The FLA is uniquely positioned to do this work, since it brings brands, universities and civil society organizations together to discuss complex labor rights issues and develop innovative solutions.
Our FLA accreditation is the cornerstone of our supply chain social impact strategy and programs. It gives our employees, customers and other external stakeholders an objective and transparent evaluation of the strengths and areas of improvement needed in our supply chain work. It also provides our business with clear standards to guide our efforts in responsible purchasing practices.
This helps us recalibrate business decisions and ensure that the workers and communities we source from always remain at the center of discussions. The FLA audit results are posted for public access on the FLA website.
Where We Are
Each year, we undergo the FLA’s annual assessment, a rigorous evaluation that measures our company’s progress against the FLA’s Principles of Fair Labor and Responsible Sourcing. As a result, our program remains accredited and is recognized for meeting or exceeding the FLA’s principles.
Having our program evaluated by the Fair Labor Association is like seeing our work under a microscope. We are using the results from the FLA’s assessment to stay focused on areas that will help us drive greater impact for workers, suppliers and communities, such as strengthening our engagement with civil society and expanding our responsible purchasing practices.