Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 76.63
Liaison Karen Oberer
Submission Date Dec. 11, 2020

STARS v2.2

McGill University
EN-15: Trademark Licensing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Stephanie Leclerc
Sustainable Procurement Project Manager
McGill Procurement Services
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Is the institution a member of the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC)?:
No

Is the institution currently a member of the Fair Labor Association (FLA)? :
No

Is the institution currently a member of an equivalent independent monitoring and verification organization approved by AASHE?:
No

A brief description of the independent monitoring and verification organization:
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Has the institution adopted a labor rights code of conduct in its licensing agreements with the licensees who produce its logo apparel?:
Yes

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

Relevant sections from the Procurement Policy (rev. 2018):

2.1.3. The University believes that its ultimate success in sustainable development depends on its principal actors being dedicated to a disciplined approach to sustainable procurement, incorporating the right balance of environment, society and economy considerations in each procurement activity.

c) This principle also requires aligning procurement activities with the University’s support of human rights, never allowing an association with companies seeming to condone human rights abuses, with its commitment to health and safety, demanding equal commitment from its subcontractors, and with its philosophy of building partnerships of productivity and respects with its neighbours, encouraging contractors to partner with merchants and residents of the University’s host communities.

Source: https://mcgill.ca/secretariat/files/secretariat/20180827_-_procurement_policy_english_final.pdf

Relevant sections from the Supplier Code of Conduct (2016):

McGill's Supplier Code of Conduct establishes the minimum requirements for the management of ethical, social and environmental risks and opportunities, as it engages in business relations with its suppliers. The principles detailed in this Code apply to all McGill University suppliers, which are expected to apply similar principles throughout their own supply chain and business practices.

Relevant Sections of the Code:
2. Social Principles for Suppliers
McGill University seeks to uphold human rights and labour rights, locally and abroad, and expects its suppliers to do the same in their own operations and those of their own subcontractors throughout their supply chain.

2.1 Human rights
McGill University strives to align its procurement activities with its support and defense of human rights, and therefore demands from its suppliers that they work in step and conduct their activities and business relationships in full respect of the human rights described in the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

2.2 Health and safety
McGill University expects its suppliers and their own subcontractors to respect all the relevant health and safety laws and regulations enacted in the countries and local areas where they conduct their activities. This includes building safety laws and regulations. Where local health and safety laws and regulations (or their implementation) differ from the requirements set forth in the International Labour Organisation (ILO)’s international instruments relating to occupational health and safety, the stricter requirements shall prevail and must be respected by McGill University’s suppliers and their own subcontractors.

2.3 Labour rights
McGill University’s suppliers must abide by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Conventions pertaining to the following matters: Forced Labour, the Freedom of Association, the Protection of the Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining, Equal Remuneration, Discrimination, Child Labour, Hours of Work, and Maternity Protection. Where local labour rights (or their implementation) differ from the requirements set forth in the ILO Conventions, the stricter requirements shall prevail.

Source: https://www.mcgill.ca/procurement/files/procurement/supplier_code_of_conduct.pdf

Moreover, the McGill Bookstore only does business with clothing manufacturers who are Fair Labour Association certified. Several suppliers have close relationships with the manufacturers, providing a high level of oversight of fair labour practices at the manufacturing locations.


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