Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.55
Liaison Susan Powers
Submission Date Feb. 22, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Clarkson University
EN-15: Trademark Licensing

Status Score Responsible Party
0.00 / 2.00 Susan Powers
Assoc. Dir. Sustainability
ISE
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Is the institution a member of the Worker Rights Consortium?:
No

Is the institution a member of the Fair Labor Association? :
No

A brief description of the institution’s WRC or FLA membership, including the year membership was last established or renewed:

Our trademark items are sold through the University Bookstore, a subsidiary of Clarkson that is wholly managed by Follett. Follett has their own Vendor Labor Code of Conduct (http://www.follett.com/docs/VLCRevised.pdf ) and describe their program as:
Delivering the right assortment of products in an omni-channel business requires partnership with brands that reflect the Follett Values, as well as the values of our campus partners and the more than 47 million students served across all Follett businesses. While course materials play a big role, they're just one part of the story.

In 2010, Follett announced a partnership with Alta Gracia - a groundbreaking clothing line produced at the first-ever apparel factory in the developing world that pays its workers a living wage, demonstrating full respect for workers' rights. Workers in the Alta Gracia factory in the Dominican Republic are paid about three times what a typical factory worker makes in the country, eliminating barriers to basic life needs. This living wage is enough to provide an entire family access to three healthy meals a day, a safe home, transportation, healthcare and education - things that many take for granted every day.

For 2014, Follett proudly announced the expansion of its business relationship with Alta Gracia. With Follett's commitment to apparel programs at over 800 stores, Alta Gracia, for the first time, has the necessary volume to be a sustainable business.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Clarkson University does not directly buy any Clarkson licensed products. In accordance with the bookstore operating agreement between Clarkson University and Follett Higher Education Group, Inc., Follett is the exclusive buyer, seller, and distributor of Clarkson licensed products, including the exclusive right to select the manufacturers of these products. Follett currently partners with Alta Gracia who employs a Designated Suppliers Program model. Details about their socially responsible practices are available at their website (http://www.greenbkstr.com/ )

Because Clarkson does not actively engage in these types of purchases, membership in these organizations is N/A

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