Villanova University Position on Labor Conditions of Collegiate Products
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 several 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. The relationship with CLC provides a mechanism by which licensees must disclose the factories that are used for the production of collegiate merchandise to ensure an effective monitoring process.
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 both the Fair Labor Association (FLA) and the Workers Rights Consortium.
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. The FLA has proven 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 200 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 a 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.
The Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) is a non-profit organization created by college and University administrations, students and labor rights experts. The WRC's purpose is to assist in the enforcement of manufacturing Codes of Conduct adopted by colleges and universities; these codes are designed to ensure that factories producing clothing and other goods bearing college and university names respect the basic rights of workers. There are more than 180 colleges and universities affiliated with the WRC.
The WRC works with labor rights experts in the United States and around the world to investigate factory conditions, and report the findings to colleges and universities and the general public. Where violations are uncovered, the WRC works with colleges and universities, U.S.-based retail corporations and local workers and organizations to correct the problem and improve conditions. The WRC is also developing a mechanism to ensure that workers producing collegiate goods can lodge complaints about Code of Conduct violations, safely and confidentially, by contacting local non-governmental organizations and the WRC.
Villanova is committed to continue to work with licensees and organizations such as the FLA and WRC to have a positive impact on workplace conditions for years to come.
For more information, visit the FLA internet site at fairlabor.org and the WRC site at workersrights.org. or contact the Villanova Athletics Department at 610-519-7683.