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Most students take pride in their universities and like to demonstrate school spirit. From t-shirts, sweatpants and hats, to baking accessories, golf equipment and headphones, students and alumni buy many products bearing their school's logo. Even as they enjoy these products, students and alumni also care that college-logoed products are manufactured in a facility that respects its workers and treats them well. FLA university affiliates are committed to ensuring that fair labor standards and human rights are respected wherever their branded merchandise is produced. FLA-affiliated universities require their licensees — any company manufacturing products bearing the school's marks or logo — to commit to the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct. Licensees are required to meet strict standards, and to develop social compliance systems that identify risks to workers and fix problems quickly when they are identified. FLA provides tools for college and university officials to monitor the performance of their licensees. Is your school involved? Find out below.
 
Each of the nearly 200 colleges and universities affiliated with FLA have a representative on FLA’s University Advisory Council (UAC), which also elects representatives to the FLA Board of Directors and advises on policy matters and monitoring activities. As representatives of their campuses, UAC members play an essential role in upholding workers’ rights around the world. 

Students use their buying power to advocate for fair labor standards for workers on campuses everywhere, and provide input to the UAC as part of its Student Committee.
 

 

About the school's commitment to protecting workers' rights and the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct: Washington University in St. Louis has been affiliated with the FLA continuously since 2000. We have provided active participation and leadership on the University Advisory Council and served on the FLA Board. Washington University requires its licensees to adopt the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct and to implement it in their factories.

About the school's commitment to protecting workers' rights and the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct: Yale is committed to working to achieve fair and humane working conditions for all involved in the manufacture of its licensed goods. We believe that the most effective approach requires a rational system for gathering and analyzing facts about the industry and using this information to realize the goal of improved working conditions. Yale was a leader in the formation of FLA and requires its licensees to adopt the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct and to comply with FLA requirements.

About the school's commitment to protecting workers' rights and the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct: York University has a Code of Conduct for Licensees requiring them to manufacture or imprint merchandise that has been manufactured under legal and fair labour conditions. Licensees are required by agreement to exercise due diligence in ensuring fair labour practices both in their own and in their contractors and suppliers’ workplaces.

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