Our History of Leadership
Since the 1990’s, our Company has played a leading role in establishing meaningful standards to ensure fair wages and safe working conditions in apparel and accessories factories around the globe.
Pioneer: Standards of Engagement. A Founding Company: Fair Labor Association
In 1994, we were among the first to commit to a corporate code of conduct, a formal, written set of minimum standards all contractors doing business with Kate Spade & Company (then Liz Claiborne, Inc.) must uphold. In 1996, we began working closely with industry leaders, labor and human rights groups and the Clinton Administration to develop a more comprehensive approach to improving global working conditions.
Setting Standards – 1998 to 2013
Ultimately, these efforts led to our role as a founding company of the Fair Labor Association, an organization dedicated to creating lasting solutions to abusive labor practices by offering tools and resources to companies, delivering training to factory workers and management, conducting due diligence through independent assessments, and advocating for greater accountability and transparency in global supply chains.
As a participating company in the FLA from its inception in 1998 through 2013, Kate Spade & Company upheld industry-leading standards for monitoring, auditing and transparency to help ensure safe, decent and fair working conditions for the workers that make our product.
Kate Spade & Company - Today
The FLA’s mission evolved over time and we believed that its approach and standards were better suited to larger companies with significantly larger volume which enables them to leverage change across their sourcing base. Kate Spade & Company’s global factory footprint as an apparel and accessories company is smaller and the Company determined that it would be more effective and efficient to continue to evolve and enhance our program that has been built upon well established FLA practices.