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Fair Labor Association annual report finds more violations at apparel & footwear suppliers, but says rise may be due to better monitoring

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16 November 2005

Violations increase at overseas factories; Audit - A group observing safety, pay and other standards at apparel assembly plants cites revised monitoring in rise

Author: Helen Jung, Oregonian [USA]

Factories that make clothing and sneakers for Nike, Adidas-Salomon AG and other manufacturers are still forcing employees to work excessive overtime, failing to follow safety guidelines and blocking workers' efforts to organize, according to a watchdog group's report. Despite widespread attention to improving working conditions in factories, the...audit...by the industry-funded Fair Labor Association...also found that the number of violations rose to 18.2 per factory in 2004 from 15.1 a year earlier... The group does not grade its member companies, which also include Nordstrom, Reebok International Ltd., Eddie Bauer, Patagonia...

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1 November 2005

2005 Annual Public Report

Author: Fair Labor Association

The FLA's 2005 Annual Public Report provides the public with an impartial, detailed look into what 28 diverse companies have done in the past year to improve the working conditions in the factories where they produce around the world. [refers to Fair Labor Association (FLA) participating companies: adidas-Salomon, Eddie Bauer, GEAR For Sports, Gildan Activewear, Liz Claiborne, New Era, Nike, Nordstrom, Outdoor Cap, Patagonia, Phillips-Van Heusen, Puma, Reebok, Top of the World, Zephyr-Graf-X. Also to FLA category B licensees, which commit to FLA standards in factories where they produce licensed goods for FLA college & university affiliates: American Pad & Paper, Commemorative Brands (part of American Achievement), Cutter & Buck, Drew Pearson Marketing (part of Mainland Headwear), Global Accessories, Herff Jones, Jostens, MBI, Oxford Industries, Riddell, Russell Athletic, Twins Enterprise, VF Corporation. Also refers to Gap, Gsus, Marks & Spencer, Otto Versand]

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