Fair Labor Attribute Methodology

Does this product have a risk of child or forced labor?

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Written by Jemima Snow
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What does the Fair Labor attribute measure?

The Fair Labor attribute recognizes products that contain ingredients that do not pose a significant risk of contributing to child or forced labor practices, as defined by the U.S. Department of Labor List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor report. The determination is made according to an ingredient’s crop and location combination.

How long does a product qualify for the Fair Labor attribute?

Products that qualify for Fair Labor receive access to the attribute for public-facing communications for one year. At the end of the annual contract, products must be reassessed based on the current industry benchmark to re-qualify.

What does the Fair Labor attribute mean for consumers?

The Fair Labor attribute provides consumers with a clear indicator of how sustainable a product is with respect to labor and working conditions. It’s easy-to-digest and guides consumers toward more labor-friendly purchases. The Fair Labor attribute empowers shoppers to make decisions that are in line with their values and preferences. By purchasing Fair Labor products, consumers can take a step toward supporting products that embody ethical labor practices, and reducing demand for products that support child or forced labor.

What is HowGood’s research methodology for assessing labor risk?

HowGood assesses labor risk based on a product’s ingredients and the locations where the ingredients would be grown. If an ingredient within a product has been flagged by the U.S. Department of Labor List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor report for child or forced labor, then the product will not be eligible for the Fair Labor attribute. Products containing ingredients that have not been flagged for child or forced labor will be eligible for the attribute. Whenever a customer can provide us with primary data for the growing location of their ingredients, this is used. When a customer cannot provide the location, HowGood chooses a proxy for where the crop would be grown.

What data sources does HowGood use to assess labor risk?

HowGood uses the List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor published by the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of State Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, as well as other reports from governments and NGOs as needed.

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