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ALGI's response

Author: ALGI, Published on: 30 September 2019

... We would like to clarify some errors and make some observations about the case that we believe can strengthen your understanding of the case...

... [C]laims on our website about “transparency and confidentiality”... refers to our services, meaning that our reporting is transparent, and the information collected is maintained within the participating parties according data protection protocols. This has nothing to do with our internal financial records or internal information. That part of the business is evaluated few times a year by external independent bodies...

[T]he assessment to the Russell [Athletics facility in Honduras]... was organized 11 years ago by the FLA, in November 2008 not in 2012... [D]espite many efforts and application of multiple techniques, it was impossible for us to detect objective evidence to conclude a unionbusting practice by the enterprise.  We reviewed payroll, contracts, dismissal records, hiring and firing procedures, minutes of committees, and repeatedly interviewed 6 management representatives. We also interviewed 77 workers on-site and off-site. We also did off-site interviews to Confederación General de Trabajadores (CGT) delegate, union workers, the Regional Director of Ministry of Labor at San Pedro Sula, the Regional Supervisor and a labor inspector. Despite our efforts, our conclusion only showed objective evidence for financial conditions that lead to the closure of the factory. This finding was seconded by an additional financial audit by the FLA, that also concluded that the closure followed economic reasons...

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