Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 75.69
Liaison Ciannat Howett
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Emory University
EN-15: Trademark Licensing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Kelly Weisinger
Office of Sustainability Initiatives
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Is the institution a member of the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC)?:

Is the institution currently a member of the Fair Labor Association (FLA)? :

Is the institution currently a member of an equivalent independent monitoring and verification organization approved by AASHE?:

A brief description of the independent monitoring and verification organization:


Has the institution adopted a labor rights code of conduct in its licensing agreements with the licensees who produce its logo apparel?:

A copy of the labor rights code of conduct for licensees:

The labor rights code of conduct for licensees:

Legal Compliance: Emory University licensees must comply with all applicable legal requirements in conducting business related to, or involving, the production or sale of products or materials bearing the name, trademarks and/or images of Emory University. Where there are differences or conflicts with this Code and the applicable laws of the country of manufacture, the higher standard shall prevail.
Environmental Compliance: Licensees will be committed to the protection and preservation of the global environment and the world's finite resources, and conduct business accordingly.
Ethical Principles: Licensees will be committed in the conduct of their business to a set of ethical standards which include, but are by no means limited to honesty, integrity, trustworthiness, and respect for the unique intrinsic value of each human being.
Employment Standards: Emory University will only do business with licensees whose workers are present at work voluntarily, not at undue risk of physical harm, fairly compensated and not exploited in any way. In addition, the following specific guidelines must be followed:
1. Wages and Benefits: Licensees recognize that wages are essential to meeting employees' basic needs. Licensees must provide wages and benefits which comply with all applicable laws and regulations, and which match or exceed the local prevailing wages and benefits in the relevant industry.
2. Working Hours: Except in extraordinary circumstances, 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 and (ii) be entitled to at least one day off in every 7- day period.
3. Overtime Compensation: In addition to their compensation for regular hours of work, employees shall be compensated for overtime hours at such a premium rate as is legally required in that country, but not less than at a rate equal to their regular hourly compensation rate.
4. Child Labor: No person shall be employed 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 work with governmental, human rights, and non-governmental organizations, as determined by Emory University and licensee, to minimize the negative impact on any child released from employment as a result of the enforcement of this Code.
5. Forced Labor: There shall not be any use of forced labor, whether in the form of prison labor, indentured labor, bonded labor or otherwise.
6. Health and Safety: Licensees must provide workers with a safe and healthy work environment. If residential facilities are provided to workers, they must be safe and healthy facilities.
7. Nondiscrimination: Licensees shall employ individuals solely on the basis of their ability to perform the job.
8. 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.
9. Freedom of Association: Licensees shall recognize and respect the right of employees to freedom of association and collective bargaining.
10. Labor Standards Environment: In countries where law or practice conflicts with these labor standards, licensees agree to work with governmental, human rights, labor and business organizations to achieve full compliance with these standards. Licensees further agree to refrain from any actions that would diminish the protections of these labor standards. In addition to all other rights under the Licensing Agreement, Emory reserves the right to refuse renewal of Licensing Agreements for goods made in countries where: (a) progress toward implementation of the employment standards in the Code is no longer being made; and (b) compliance with the employment standards in the Code is deemed impossible. Emory University shall make such determination based upon examination of reports from governmental, human rights, labor and business organizations and after consultation with the relevant licensee.

Website URL where information about the institution’s trademark licensing initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Emory University Policy 4.40 Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): http://policies.emory.edu/4.40

Each licensee of Emory University must comply with the Code of Conduct for Emory University Licensees: https://www.finance.emory.edu/home/Procure%20and%20Pay/for_suppliers/CodeofConductEU%20Licensees7.14.pdf

Emory University Supplier Code of Ethical Conduct: https://www.finance.emory.edu/home/Procure%20and%20Pay/for_suppliers/Supplier%20Code%20Of%20Ethical%20Conduct%207.14.pdf

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