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Cotton Project

A woman picking cotton by hand.

Cotton is a commodity used across the apparel industry - clothing, footwear, headwear, etc. Concerns in the cotton production sector include child labor, worker health and safety due to the use of pesticides, and other violations of human, labor or environmental rights. In some countries, state-sanctioned forced child labor is used to pick cotton. Apparel companies leading the CSR movement need to broaden their focus and examine sourcing of raw materials to make sure that their factories are not using “dirty” cotton, tainted with violations of worker rights.

College of Charleston

About the school's commitment to protecting workers' rights and the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct: College of Charleston is committed to conducting its business affairs in a socially responsible and ethical manner consistent with its educational and public service mission, and to protecting and preserving the global environment. The College understands that vendors are independent entities, but the business practices and actions of a vendor may significantly impact and/or reflect upon us, our reputation and our brand, which is one of our most important assets.

Carnegie Mellon University

About the school's commitment to protecting workers' rights and the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct: Carnegie Mellon University is committed to conducting its business affairs in a socially responsible manner consistent with its Strategic Plan. The plan recognizes that the University’s responsibilities extend beyond the confines of the campus: “Through our education, research and creative expression, the university relates to an unusual extent to the world beyond our campus.

California State University, Long Beach

About the school's commitment to protecting workers' rights and the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct:  California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) is committed to conducting its business affairs in a socially responsible and ethical manner. CSULB values the welfare of the diverse people who help to manufacture the products that contain our brand image and trademarks.  As such, we require all manufacturers of products bearing CSULB’s trademarks to strictly adhere to a Code of Conduct prohibiting abusive and unfair labor conditions.

Brown University

About the school's commitment to protecting workers' rights and the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct: Brown University is committed to conducting its business affairs in a socially responsible manner consistent with its educational and public service mission. Brown University expects high quality in the products, services and business practices of all of its business partners and licensees.

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