Press Release

Fruit of the Loom, Inc. Issues Statement Reiterating Zero Tolerance for Labor Violations

(February 27, 2023) Bowling Green, KY – On February 25, The New York Times published an article on alleged child labor violations in several United States factories, including an Alabama facility of Renfro Brands, a former independent licensee for FRUIT OF THE LOOM branded socks. Fruit of the Loom terminated Renfro’s contract at the end of 2022 and has been in the process of transitioning to a new licensing partner for more than six months. This decision was made well before the publication of this article, and Renfro is no longer manufacturing any Fruit of the Loom products.

We take allegations of child labor very seriously and we support the processes to uphold human and labor rights. Fruit of the Loom, Inc. and its brands maintain a zero-tolerance policy for any practices of child labor, as reflected in our Code of Conduct. We hold ourselves accountable to these standards in our own facilities and all our suppliers and licensees must adhere to these standards, as well. Accordingly, we will begin an immediate review of all of our current U.S. facilities, whether owned, or those of a supplier or licensee, to ensure that these violations are not happening elsewhere.

For more information, please contact Melanie Cressman at


Updated March 24, 2023