Code of Conduct
Throughout the Code the term “Licensee” shall include all persons or entities which have entered into a written “License Agreement” with CLC to manufacture “Licensed Articles” (as that term is defined in the License Agreement) bearing the names, trademarks and/or images of one or more Collegiate Institutions. The term “Licensee” shall for purposes of the Code, and unless otherwise specified in the Code, encompass all of Licensee’ contractors, subcontractors or manufacturers which produce, assemble or package finished Licensed Articles for the consumer.
Legal Compliance: Licensees must comply with all applicable legal requirements of the country(ies) of manufacture in conducting business related to or involving the production or sale of Licensed Articles. Where there are differences or conflicts with the Code and the laws of the country(ies) of manufacture, the higher standard shall prevail, subject to the following considerations. In countries where law or practice conflicts with these labor standards, Licensees agree to consult with governmental, human rights, labor and business organizations and to take effective actions as evaluated by CLC, the applicable Collegiate Institution(s) or their designee, and the applicable Licensee(s) to achieve the maximum possible compliance with each of these standards. Licensees further agree to refrain from any actions that would diminish the protections of these labor standards.
Employment Standards: Licensees shall comply with the following standards:
Licensees recognize that wages are essential to meeting employees’ basic needs. Licensees shall pay employees, as a floor, at least the minimum wage required by local law or the local prevailing industry wage, whichever is higher, and shall provide legally mandated benefits.
CLC and the Collegiate Institutions will continue to monitor these issues and will promote studies that examine conditions and factors related to minimum and prevailing wages and employees’ basic needs.
In addition to their compensation for regular hours of work, hourly and/or quota-based wage employees shall be compensated for overtime hours at such a premium rate as is legally required in the country of manufacture or, in those countries where such laws do not exist, at a rate at least equal to their regular hourly compensation rate.
Licensees shall not employ any person at an age younger than 15 (or 14, where, consistent with International Labor Organization practices for developing countries, the law of the country of manufacture allows such exception). Where the age for completing compulsory education is higher than the standard for the minimum age of employment stated above, the higher age for completing compulsory education shall apply to this section. Licensees agree to consult with governmental, human rights and nongovernmental organizations, and to take reasonable steps as evaluated by CLC, the applicable Collegiate Institution(s) or their designee, and the applicable Licensee(s) to minimize the negative impact on children released from employment as a result of implementation or enforcement of the Code.
There shall not be any use of forced prison labor, indentured labor, bonded labor or other forced labor.
No person shall be subject to any discrimination in employment, including hiring, salary, benefits, advancement, discipline, termination or retirement, on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, political opinion, or social or ethnic origin.
Every employee shall be treated with dignity and respect. No employee shall be subject to any physical, sexual, psychological or verbal harassment or abuse. Licensees will not use or tolerate any form of corporal punishment.
Licensees shall recognize and respect the right of employees to freedom of association and collective bargaining.
Each Licensee shall disclose to the Collegiate Institution or its designee the location (including factory name, contact name, address, phone number, e-mail address, products produced, and nature of business association) of each factory used in the production of all items which bear Licensed Indicia. Such information shall be updated upon change of any factory site location. The Collegiate Institution reserves the right to disclose this information to third parties, without restriction as to its further distribution.
1. Women workers will receive equal remuneration, including benefits, equal treatment, equal evaluation of the quality of their work, and equal opportunity to fill all positions as male workers.
2. Pregnancy tests will not be a condition of employment, nor will they be demanded of employees.
3. Workers who take maternity leave will not face dismissal nor threat of dismissal, loss of seniority or deduction of wages, and will be able to return to their former employment at the same rate of pay and benefits.
4. Workers will not be forced or pressured to use contraception. 5. Workers will not be exposed to hazards, including glues and solvents, that may endanger
their safety, including their reproductive health. 6. Licensees shall provide appropriate services and accommodations to women workers in
connection with pregnancy.