Back to Top skip to main content
Green and Spiegel - An Immigration Law Firm - United States
Nov 28, 2018

Responsible Recruitment in the Apparel and Footwear Supply Chains: Join the Commitment

The apparel and footwear industries have formally committed to the fight against forced labor in the supply chain.  Earlier this fall, the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) announced a new industry wide effort, in partnership with the Fair Labor Association (FLA), to address the risk of forced labor in global supply chains.  Since its launch in October 2018, 127 apparel and footwear corporations signed the Industry Commitment to Responsible Recruitment.  These companies are agreeing to 1) Incorporate the Commitment to Responsible Recruitment into their company social compliance standards, such as their code of conduct, before December 31, 2019, and 2) Periodically report on their actions to imbed elements of the Commitment to Responsible Recruitment in company’s policies and processes through their sustainability reporting and/or modern slavery legal disclosures. A full list of the signatory companies can be found here, including brands such as Nike Inc., American Eagle Outfitters, Inc., and Gap Inc.

The International Supply Chain Initiative (ISCI) welcomes this step to streamline industry efforts and work to eliminate forced labor from global supply chains.  Of the 25 million people that the International Labor Organization estimates are trapped in forced labor, many can be found in the textile and garment industries.  Therefore, it is encouraging to see the apparel and footwear industries take on this proactive initiative. 

ISCI is versed in regulatory compliance, and policy development and implementation.  By leveraging Green and Spiegel’s liability assessments of your supply chain, we can identify poor recruitment practices which leave your company at risk of forced labor.  ISCI encourages companies to consider joining this Commitment to Responsible Recruitment with AAFA and the FLA.  Not only is evidence mounting that the return on investments are increasing when companies enact sustainability policies, but also consumers are demonstrating that they prefer socially responsible brands. 

If your company has taken on the responsibility to comply with the Commitment on Responsible Recruitment and would like assistance implementing policies to strengthen sustainable recruitment practices in your supply chain, please contact us.  Or, if your company is interested in signing the Commitment to Responsible Recruitment with AAFA and the FLA and seeks guidance on the subsequent policy implementation, contact us immediately.

Recent Blogs

Jun 26, 2020

Executive Order Update – Department of State Advises it Will NOT Issue Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visas through December 31, 2020

Quick Takeaways: • Changes now in effect. • Unless subject to an exception, U.S. Department of State will not issue new or renewed nonimmigrant visas in the effected classes until December 31, 2020. • Likewise, suspension of immigrant visa issuance also extended through December 31, 2020. • No timeline on resumption of routine, in-person visa services.

Jun 25, 2020

UPDATE: Canadians, Bermudians, and All Current Visa Holders Exempt from Latest Executive Order

Quick Takeaways: • Changes now in effect. • Canadians and Bermudians excluded from Executive Order by virtue of being visa exempt. • All foreign nationals with presently valid H-1B, H-2B, J-1, and L-1 Visa holders also excluded, even if they have not entered the United States as of June 24. • Other questions still remain.

Jun 23, 2020

UPDATE: White House Suspends Issuance of H-1B, L-1, J-1, and H-2B Visas for Remainder of 2020

Quick Takeaways: -Changes go into effect 12:01AM EST on June 24, 2020 and unless lifted or enjoined will remain in place through at least December 31, 2020. -Suspends admission of H-1B, H-2B, L-1, and certain J-1 nonimmigrants and their dependents who are outside the United States and who do not have valid visas or other valid travel document as of the effective date. -Also extends existing suspension of immigrant visa issuance through December 31, 2020, subject to previously announced exceptions. -Individuals seeking a change to one of the affected statuses within the United States or who have a valid visa are not covered by the Executive Order are able to continuing processing. -Does not include Lawful Permanent Residents,spouses/children of U.S. Citizens, essential workers in food supply chain, and other individuals whose admission would be in the “national interest.” -Other nonimmigrant workers (E-3, TN, H-1B1, O, P, etc.) are not included. -Many questions remain with respect to interpretation and implementation.