The Fair Labor Association (FLA) is a nonprofit organization that initially represented the combined efforts of the apparel industry, various nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and colleges and universities to improve the conditions of workers around the world. It has now expanded its operations to work with companies beyond the apparel industry.


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 forum’s success, and under the auspices of the White House, the Apparel Industry Partnership (AIP) was formed. The AIP consisted of representatives of labor unions and consumer advocacy, human rights, and ...

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