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About the school's commitment to protecting workers' rights and the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct: The Collegiate Licensing Company has collaborated with other collegiate institutions to develop a set of unified labor code standards. The CLC code is similar to the Fair Labor Association's code, and sets forth workplace standards for factories that produce university licensed product that help ensure that licensees do not produce collegiate product utilizing child labor or sweat shop conditions. The code provides standards that cover various topics, including wages and benefits, working hours, child labor, health and safety, and freedom of association. These standards are monitored through the Fair Labor Association, of which the University of Delaware is a member.

Authored by Marsha Dickson, PhD How many young fashion designers graduate and take their first jobs having had the opportunity to visit an apparel factory? As a professor of fashion and apparel studies involved with several different design programs over the last two decades, my educated guess is that “virtually none” have had this experience. This number is even smaller when asked if the apparel factory is in one of the developing countries where over 95% of clothing sold in the United States is manufactured. Yet despite very limited exposure to the factory environment and the...
Rain greeted us on the next morning as we made a dash to Penn Station to catch our train to Wilmington, Delaware and the University of Delaware. At U of D, I had lunch and a stimulating discussion with a group of students eager to learn more about global supply chains and labor rights issues. Students (in behavior consistent with my travels to other schools) showed a refreshing openness to discussing the complexity of labor issues and their interaction with the market-economy and global supply chains. At FLA board member Marsha Dickson’s fashion and apparel studies class later that...