WASHINGTON — The Fair Labor Association has approved seven companies to participate in its global apparel and footwear contractor monitoring effort.
The FLA — launched via an anti-sweatshop task force created by the Clinton administration, but now operating as an apolitical independent group — said Wednesday that company factory monitoring programs at Liz Claiborne, Patagonia, Adidas-Salomon, Gear for Sports, Levi Strauss & Co., Nike and Reebok passed muster with FLA guidelines.
These companies account for a combined $23 billion in apparel and footwear sales, with production in more than 2,000 factories in 75 countries, according to the FLA.
As members of the FLA, these companies’ own internal monitoring programs at their factories and contractors will be overseen by an external monitor. So far, the FLA has approved one external monitor, Verite, a nonprofit concern based in Amherst, Mass.
Two other FLA members, Phillips Van Huesen and Eddie Bauer, are in the final stages of having their internal monitoring programs approved, the FLA said.

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