Supply Chain Innovation

Colleges & Universities

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 college and university affiliated with FLA have a representative on FLA’s University Advisory Council (UAC), which elects representatives to the FLA Board of Directors and advises on policy matters and monitoring activities.
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: University of California President Richard C. Atkinson has issued a strengthened Code of Conduct for companies that manufacture clothing and other products bearing the UC name, logos, or other trademarks. The code requires licensees and their contractors to pay a living wage, to comply with environmental and health and safety laws, and to not discriminate against employees on the basis of pregnancy or collective bargaining activity.

About the school's commitment to protecting workers' rights and the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct: All University of Colorado licensees must adhere to ethical business practices as well as standards related to quality, reliability and cost. In doing so, workers producing University licensed goods are expected to work in humane and safe conditions and receive fair wages. Licensees are expected to provide a safe and healthy work environment for all employees.

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.