Fair Labor Association, Accreditation Associate
As the Accreditation Associate, I assist with due diligence activities for FLA affiliates, including Participating Companies, Participating Suppliers, and Category B Licensees. The Accreditation Department is responsible for evaluating companies’ compliance programs. The department conducts company assessments and headquarters visits to examine compliance programs and provides feedback to assist companies in maturing their programs. Day to day, I can be doing anything from reviewing company’s self assessments, assisting in webinars to guide companies on how to prepare for a FLA visit, working with companies on any concerns they may have in regards to FLA procedures, or writing assessments of company’s compliance programs. It’s an exciting time to be at the FLA right now, as we are expanding into industries beyond apparel and receiving interest from other well-known brands.
As an undergraduate at UD, I was exposed to various labor issues in apparel factories that stuck with me as I pursued my dream of becoming a fashion designer. After a few years of working in New York, it became evident to me that I needed to go beyond working with clothing and dive deeper into the labor and social issues of the apparel industry. The Masters of Fashion and Apparel Studies at UD prepared me for working at the FLA by greatly exposing me to the world of corporate social responsibility in the Social Responsibility and Sustainability in Apparel Business Certificate program. Not only did the certificate expose me to the background of CSR, but it also showed me the challenges in motivating factories and companies to commit to due diligence. I was also lucky enough to be able to intern with the American Apparel and Footwear Association that not only exposed me to real world problems, but gave me introductions to some of the CSR colleagues I would work with in my role at the FLA. While I have a great deal to learn in my role in the Accreditation Department, I feel prepared in taking on the challenges of the role with the concrete amount of knowledge I absorbed during my masters program at UD.
Graduated in 2014: Masters of Science in Fashion and Apparel Studies and Graduate Certificate in Socially Responsible and Sustainable Apparel Business. Graduated in 2005: Bachelor of Science in Apparel Design.