Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.07
Liaison Eva Rocke
Submission Date March 21, 2014
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University of Montana
OP-13: Vendor Code of Conduct

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Cherie Peacock
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have and act on a vendor code of conduct or equivalent policy that sets expectations about the social and environmental responsibility of vendors with whom the institution does business?:

The website URL where the vendor code of conduct or equivalent policy is posted :
A copy of the vendor code of conduct or equivalent policy:
A brief description of programs and strategies institution has implemented to ensure the code is followed, including a brief description of instances when vendor code of conduct has changed purchasing behavior within the last five years, if applicable:

UM Cuts Ties With Apparel Company—UM severed its business relationship with Russell Athletic on March 3 over allegations the sports clothing company closed a Honduran factory because workers unionized. In a letter to Russell, UM Executive Vice President Jim Foley wrote, “We believe that your actions constitute a violation of our vendor code of conduct, which we implemented together with faculty, students and staff on our campus and we expect as a licensee for you to uphold.” The letter states that University officials concur with findings of the Workers Rights Consortium and Fair Labor Association that the ability for workers to organize and animus toward them was a factor in Russell choosing to close the factory. Company officials contend they closed the Jerzees de Honduras factory primarily for economic reasons.

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