Trademarks & Licensing

Code of Conduct

The University of Washington is affiliated with both the Fair Labor Association (FLA) and the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) to help ensure that products bearing University marks are not manufactured by companies utilizing abusive labor practices. The University, in connection with the IMG College Licensing (IMGCL), FLA, and WRC, has adopted Labor Code Standards that cover various issues, including wages and benefits, working hours, child labor, health and safety, and freedom of association. These standards are monitored and enforced at factories around the world by both the Fair Labor Association and Worker Rights Consortium.

In coordination with the CLC, the UW has adopted the following code:

University of Washington Code of Conduct

Schedule I: Labor Code Standards

Introduction: The University of Washington (UW) is committed to conducting their business affairs in a socially responsible and ethical manner consistent with their educational, research and/or service missions, and to protect and preserve the global environment. Therefore the University of Washington has adopted the following Labor Code Standards (the “Code”) which requires that all Licensees, at a minimum, adhere to the principles set forth in the Code.

Throughout the Code the term “Licensee” shall include all persons or entities which have entered into a written “License Agreement” with the University of Washington to manufacture “Licensed Articles” (as that term is defined in the License Agreement) bearing the names, trademarks and/or images of The University of Washington. The term “Licensee” shall for purposes of the Code, and unless otherwise specified in the Code, encompass all of Licensee’ contractors, subcontractors or manufacturers which produce, assemble or package finished Licensed Articles for the consumer.

Standards: Licensees agree to operate work places and contract with companies whose work places adhere to the standards and practices described below. The University of Washington prefers that Licensees exceed these standards.

Legal Compliance: Licensees must comply with all applicable legal requirements of the country(ies) of manufacture in conducting business related to or involving the production or sale of Licensed Articles. Where there are differences or conflicts with the Code and the laws of the country(ies) of manufacture, the higher standard shall prevail, subject to the following considerations. In countries where law or practice conflicts with these labor standards, Licensees agree to consult with governmental, human rights, labor and business organizations and to take effective actions as evaluated by The University of Washington, The Collegiate Licensing Company or their designee, and the applicable Licensee(s) to achieve the maximum possible compliance with each of these standards. Licensees further agree to refrain from any actions that would diminish the protections of these labor standards.

Employment Standards: Licensees shall comply with the following standards:

Wages and Benefits: Licensees recognize that wages are essential to meeting employees’ basic needs. Licensees shall pay employees, as a floor, at least the minimum wage required by local law or the local prevailing industry wage, whichever is higher, and shall provide legally mandated benefits.1

Working Hours: Except in extraordinary business circumstances, hourly and/or quota-based wage employees shall (i) not be required to work more than the lesser of (a) 48 hours per week and 12 hours overtime or (b) the limits on regular and overtime hours allowed by the law of the country of manufacture or, where the laws of such country do not limit the hours of work, the regular work week in such country plus 12 hours overtime; and (ii) be entitled to at least one day off in every seven day period.

Overtime Compensation: In addition to their compensation for regular hours of work, hourly and/or quota-based wage employees shall be compensated for overtime hours at such a premium rate as is legally required in the country of manufacture or, in those countries where such laws do not exist, at a rate at least equal to their regular hourly compensation rate.

Child Labor: Licensees shall not employ any person at an age younger than 15 (or 14, where, consistent with International Labor Organization practices for developing countries, the law of the country of manufacture allows such exception). Where the age for completing compulsory education is higher than the standard for the minimum age of employment stated above, the higher age for completing compulsory education shall apply to this section. Licensees agree to consult with governmental, human rights and nongovernmental organizations, and to take reasonable steps as evaluated by The University of Washington or their designee, the IMGCL, and the applicable Licensee(s) to minimize the negative impact on children released from employment as a result of implementation or enforcement of the Code.

Forced Labor: There shall not be any use of forced prison labor, indentured labor, bonded labor or other forced labor.

Health and Safety: Licensees shall provide a safe and healthy working environment to prevent accidents and injury to health arising out of, linked with, or occurring in the course of work or as a result of the operation of Licensee facilities.

Nondiscrimination: No person shall be subject to any discrimination in employment, including hiring, salary, benefits, advancement, discipline, termination or retirement, on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, political opinion, or social or ethnic origin.

Harassment or Abuse: Every employee shall be treated with dignity and respect. No employee shall be subject to any physical, sexual, psychological or verbal harassment or abuse. Licensees will not use or tolerate any form of corporal punishment.

Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining: Licensees shall recognize and respect the right of employees to freedom of association and collective bargaining.

The University of Washington and their licensing agent, The IMG College Licensing, will continue to monitor these issues and will promote studies that examine conditions and factors related to minimum and prevailing wages and employees’ basic needs.

Rider 1

Full Public Disclosure: Each Licensee shall disclose to The University of Washington or its designee the location (including factory name, contact name, address, phone number, e-mail address, products produced, and nature of business association) of each factory used in the production of all items which bear Licensed Indicia. Such information shall be updated upon change of any factory site location. The University of Washington reserves the right to disclose this information to third parties, without restriction as to its further distribution.

Rider 2

Women’s Rights:

  • Women workers will receive equal remuneration, including benefits, equal treatment, equal evaluation of the quality of their work, and equal opportunity to fill all positions as male workers.
  • Pregnancy tests will not be a condition of employment, nor will they be demanded of employees.
  • Workers who take maternity leave will not face dismissal nor threat of dismissal, loss of seniority or deduction of wages, and will be able to return to their former employment at the same rate of pay and benefits.
  • Workers will not be forced or pressured to use contraception.
  • Workers will not be exposed to hazards, including glues and solvents, which may endanger their safety, including their reproductive health.
  • Licensees shall provide appropriate services and accommodations to women workers in connection with pregnancy.

Schedule II: FLA Labor Code Categories

All University of Washington licensees are required to be members of the FLA. This code encapsulates the requirements of the FLA Code of Conduct. The FLA Code of Conduct clearly details monitoring, enforcement and inspection requirements. See: FLA Code of Conduct