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The Fair Labor Association (FLA) is a nonprofit organization that represents the combined efforts of the apparel industry, various nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and colleges and universities to improve the conditions of workers around the world. In 1996, at the initiation of the U.S. Department of Labor, 300 apparel company representatives participated in the Fashion Industry Forum. This workshop was intended to raise awareness of labor and human rights abuses against persons employed in manufacturing clothing. As a result of the success of that forum, under the auspices of the White House, the Apparel Industry Partnership (AIP) was formed. The partnership consisted of representatives of labor unions and consumer advocacy, human rights, and religious groups. The purpose of the AIP was to improve conditions and eliminate ...

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