Supply Chain Innovation Associate


About the Fair Labor Association:

The Fair Labor Association (FLA) combines the efforts of industry, civil society organizations and colleges and universities to promote and protect workers’ rights and to improve working conditions globally through adherence to international standards. The FLA is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has offices in Geneva, Switzerland and Cote d’Ivoire, Ivory Coast.

Position Summary:

The Supply Chain Innovation Associate is responsible for supporting the ongoing improvement and implementation of the new Agricultural Recognition Program and other Supply Chain Innovation projects. The Supply Chain Innovation Associate also reviews and analyzes reports and information related to the independent farm and supplier assessments conducted by the FLA to support the development of the affiliate’s social compliance programs. S/he is also expected to conduct researches for other projects, manage and track relevant records, documents and processes to contribute to the smooth operations of the Supply Chain Innovation department’s Agricultural Program. 


Key Areas of Responsibility:

The Supply Chain Innovation Associate primarily supports the the Supply Chain Innovation department’s Agricultural Public Recognition Program, the IEA (independent external assessments) Cycle in the Americas, and agricultural projects. The key tasks are as follows:


  • Contributes to the FLA’s evaluation of affiliated companies’ supply chain labor compliance programs, consistent with the FLA Charter, Agriculture Principles, Code of Conduct and Benchmarks for the Agriculture Sector, and adopted policies and procedures, which entails:
    • Assists with headquarter-level assessments, field observations and desktop verification of affiliate social compliance programs by reviewing and analyzing affiliates’ documentation, assessment reports, and other researches, and communicating with the affiliates.
    • Supports individual IEAs in the Americas by checking for content accuracy and editing language and grammar, managing the assessmsent schedules, logistics and communications.
    • Assists the ongoing operations of the independent external assessments (IEAs) of farms and suppliers by managing the annual IEA cycle as per the Agricultural IEA Procedures.
    • Assists the development of the written reports and documents regarding the evaluation of the affiliates’ labor compliance programs and the communications with affiliates, senior staff and the FLA Board in the process.
  • Contributes to the development of new tools, policies, and procedures to enhance the work of the Supply Chain Innovation department’s Agricultural Program.
  • Be responsible for supporting the Senior Program staff in managing the Agriculture Committee (e.g., organizing calls, taking meeting minutes, defining agenda, and facilitating communication with the Agriculture Committee).
  • Other duties (such as data analysis), and special projects as assigned.


Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree in relevant field required, preferably in corporate social responsibility, social sciences, human resource management, supply chain/ procurement management, industrial relations, or agriculture. Graduate degree preferred.
  • Knowledge of and at least one-year of professional experience in the labor due diligence and assessments, labor rights, human rights and/or corporate social responsibility as well as agricultural supply chain management, sourcing and procurement.
  • Strong computer literacy including MS Office Suite; experience with iOS preferred.
  • Strong writing skills, including authoring reports.
  • Ability to synthesize and analyze large amounts of information and data comfortably and accurately.
  • Strong commitment to the mission of the FLA to protect workers’ rights and conduct due diligence on affiliated companies.
  • Ability to learn quickly  
  • High-level communication skills, both oral and written; proven ability to deal with confidential and sensitive matters.
  • Strong organizational skills program management skills; time management skills; and keen attention to detail.


Work Conditions:

  • Travel up to 10% is required for this position.
  • Position based in the DC office.


The FLA is an equal employment opportunity employer and considers all applicants for employment regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.