Thursday, January 10, 2002
University of California Office of the President
UC intends to Join Fair Labor Association, continues membership
in Worker Rights Consortium
The University of California today (Jan. 10) announced its
intent to join the Fair Labor Association and continue its
membership in the Worker Rights Consortium, two organizations
maintaining oversight of working conditions for the manufacture
of various products. The action is part of UC's ongoing effort
to improve labor practices in companies that produce consumer
products bearing the university's logos and trademarks, said
Joseph P. Mullinix, UC senior vice president for business
and finance. The university has licenses with more than 200
companies, including adidas, Gear for Sports, Jansport and
Since August 1998, the University of California has followed
a code of conduct for trademark licensees that manufacture
consumer products bearing university logos and trademarks.
In January 2000, the university strengthened its code as a
result of suggestions from an advisory group of faculty, students
The code specifies for university licensees and contractors
minimum workplace standards and practices related to legal
compliance, ethical practices and employment standards.
"Assuring compliance with our code requires open and
honest dialog with manufacturers and workers and a system
of monitoring workplace conditions," Mullinix said.
He added, "Currently, there is no fully developed monitoring
program on which the university can rely to assure licensee
compliance with the code. However, the university is committed
to work energetically towards a system that provides an assurance
that compliance is being achieved.
"Membership in both organizations will enhance our ability
to assure compliance with our code by participating in efforts
to develop standards for internal monitoring by facilities
producing products bearing the UC name, as well as processes
for independent third party external monitoring of those facilities.
The university is looking forward to working with both the
Worker Rights Consortium and Fair Labor Association on these
important issues," said Mullinix.
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Web Links to additional Information:
A copy of the University of California's code of conduct is
available at: - www.ucop.edu/ucophome/coordrev/policy/1-05-00code.pdf