Responsible Buying for Nonprofit Needs
Along with federal and state bodies, there are third-party organizations that impact the safety and compliance of apparel.
The Fair Labor Association (FLA)
The FLA sets standards and monitors participating companies. Its standards prohibit practices such as forced and child labor, employee harassment and abuse, and discrimination. The FLA also works to ensure fair wages, freedom of association and collective bargaining, and fair compensation. Adidas, Fruit of the Loom and Nike are all part of the FLA, as are QCA-accredited companies SanMar, Design Resources Inc. (DRI), and Cutter and Buck. Additionally, manufacturers like Gildan, who supply to QCA-accredited companies like alphabroder and Bodek and Rhodes, are also members of the FLA.