SanMar Joins the Fair Labor Association
Seattle-based SanMar, a leading supplier of imprintable apparel and accessories, has recently been accepted as a participating company of the Fair Labor Association. The FLA is a nonprofit organization established to defend workers rights worldwide. In joining the FLA, SanMar further strengthens the company’s long-standing commitment to human rights and compliance.
“SanMar takes social compliance very seriously and requires all suppliers to adhere to our global operating principles,” said Marty Lott, SanMar president. “This process begins during supplier selection as it is critical that suppliers share our commitment to ethical practices and agree to abide by our strict requirements prior to receiving orders.”
SanMar’s global operating principles are based on labor standards established by the International Labor Organization and they’re consistent with the FLA’s Workplace Code of Conduct. The principles ban forced labor, child labor, harassment, abuse and discrimination and require suppliers to promote health and safety, freedom of association and collective bargaining, payment of wages and benefits, and appropriate compensation for overtime.
“We also require our suppliers to submit to periodic compliance audits and to address and correct any violations identified,” said Lott. “In this way, we create greater accountability and transparency at the factories that produce our products.”
About SanMar Corporation
SanMar Corporation is a supplier of wholesale apparel and accessories. SanMar’s FLA-affiliated brands are Port Authority Signature®, Port Authority®, Port & Company®, Sport-Tek®, CornerStone™, Precious Cargo™ and District Threads®. SanMar’s retail brands—Red House™, Nike Golf, Tiger Woods Collection, and Gildan®—are also FLA-approved. A family owned business since 1971, SanMar is based in Seattle, Wash. with six national distribution centers.
To learn more about SanMar, visit www.sanmar.com.
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