I hate shopping, but I hate it less at Nordstrom than elsewhere because of the companyâ€™s justly-celebrated customer service. Now thereâ€™s another reason to shop at Nordstromâ€”the company has become the first retailer whose overseas labor practices have been accredited by the Fair Labor Association.
This is a big deal. The FLA is a coalition of companies, colleges and NGOs that promotes labor rights in the global south, and it sets rigorous standards, requiring independent third-party inspections of factories and transparent, warts-and-all reporting on factory conditions. Hereâ€™s more data than you want to read about Nordstrom’s factory inspections and its findings.
Reebok and Nike are among the two dozen companies that work with the FLA. Hereâ€™s the complete list. Meanwhile, an activist group called the National Labor Committee recently accused J.C. Penney and Wal-Mart of buying clothes from a factory in Bangladesh that employs, and abuses, children as young as eleven.