|Submission Date||Feb. 21, 2018|
University of Wisconsin-River Falls
EN-15: Trademark Licensing
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Is the institution a member of the Worker Rights Consortium?:
Is the institution a member of the Fair Labor Association? :
University of Wisconsin-River Falls requested that AASHE Staff correct a mistake in this reporting field for the reason specified below.Previous Value: Yes
Explanation: Upon receiving an inquiry and reviewing the credit criteria, UWRF does not qualify as being a member of the FLA. In previous reports, we received credit for one of our vendors being a member. As new versions of STARS have come out, it looks like we should ahve stopped reporting being a member as of a few years ago when the credit criteria more specifically spelled out that the institution as a whole must be a member. Therefore, our response should be changed to no.
A brief description of the institution’s WRC or FLA membership, including the year membership was last established or renewed:
Follett, the contractor UWRF partners with for all of our clothing needs, is a member of the Fair Labor Association. In 1995, Follett became the first academic retailer to develop standards for fair labor practices in the manufacture of collegiate products. In doing so, they assumed a leadership position on the issue of child and sweatshop labor. Partnering with Global Social Compliance, Follett monitors factories to ensure that no child or sweatshop labor is used to make products sold in their stores which include apparel at UWRF. Follett purchases only from reputable and responsible vendors that meet or exceed our strict Vendor Labor Code of Conduct.
Key Messages on the Vendor Labor Code of Conduct
Follett supports fair labor practices and purchases only from vendors that meet or exceed our strict Vendor Labor Code of Conduct.
• Our vendors must certify in writing that they are in compliance with our Code.
• Merchandise that is not manufactured according to our Code will be removed from sale and returned to the vendor.
• Vendors who do not comply with our Code may be terminated as a resource.
• Any Follett buyer who knowingly purchases products from vendors that do not meet our Code may be disciplined or terminated.
Follett’s Vendor Labor Code of Conduct is consistent with those of leaders in the industry and in higher education.
• Follett’s Fair Labor Task Force works closely with colleges, universities and licensing agencies to ensure that our Code is consistent with other codes currently enforced.
To ensure vendor compliance with our Fair Labor Code Follett has engaged Global Social Compliance, an international monitoring firm, to independently audit vendors’ manufacturing plants.
• Vendors must submit the location of all their production facilities to Follett
• Vendors must make manufacturing facilities available for both announced and unannounced audits.
• Follett’s Fair Labor Task Force reviews reports from human rights organizations, labor groups, religious organizations and governments that provide monitoring data.
Follett has removed products from our stores that we believed were produced with unsatisfactory labor conditions. These products were returned to the vendors.
Through independent monitoring, Follett has monitored factories in the United States, China, Malaysia, Mexico, Vietnam, Pakistan, and Fiji. Each year Follett selects a number of vendors to be monitored.
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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