Jan. 17, 2001
The following is an explanation of Villanova University's position as it relates to licensed goods and the labor rights of employees of licensees.
Villanova University Commitment to Labor Rights
Villanova University has been actively engaged in developing labor code standards and monitoring/verification systems for over two years. We have worked closely with Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC), our licensing agent, which represents over 175 colleges, universities and conferences, in researching and exploring available labor code options.
We believe that we can best promote improved labor standards by joining forces with other colleges, universities, licensors and licensees in a unified effort to develop and implement consistent and enforceable labor code standards. No one institution can by itself improve worldwide labor conditions. There is strength in numbers. Participating in a leadership role with other institutions committed to the cause, Villanova University and other collegiate institutions can influence positive change. This philosophy has guided our decision to work with the Fair Labor Association (FLA).
The FLA was created to oversee the monitoring and evaluation of compliance with labor code standards. The FLA resulted from a White House initiative designed to create industry standards. While not yet completed, the FLA has great potential to be an effective system to comprehensively monitor labor conditions.
The FLA Board is balanced, having an equal number of seats for "industry" and "NGOs" organizations. NGO participants include the International Labor Rights Fund and the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights. The FLA created a Board seat for a university representative.
The FLA has substantial university participation. Over 145 collegiate institutions have committed to affiliate with the FLA. The FLA has worked closely with universities to develop a program which is tailored to the special circumstances of universities and their relationships with licensed manufacturers.
Colleges and universities worked with the FLA to establish an University Advisory Council, which has already had an impact on the FLA, including causing the passage of a resolution making clear that the FLA code provisions regarding nondiscrimination and harassment specifically cover women's rights.
For more information, visit the FLA Internet site, located at fairlabor.org