presentation at the University of California, Berkeley,
about ways to ensure that sweatshop conditions do not
occur in factories that manufacture collegiate apparel
and other products.
Berkeley is holding this event to learn how companies
that manufacture these products can be monitored for violations
of humane labor and environmental standards. Reporters
are welcome to attend.
The University of California is a leader among educational
institutions for adopting a Code of Conduct for Trademark
Licensing. The 1998 code, which addresses issues such
as wages and benefits, working hours, overtime compensation,
child labor and discrimination, was revised in January
2000 and is now among the strongest of its kind in the
1999, a coalition of universities, including the UC system,
has been gathering and analyzing information surrounding
sweatshops and the manufacture of collegiate products.
Its effort, the Independent University Initiative, will
produce findings later this year about how members of
the coalition can best monitor their licensees.
those findings are ready for the UC system to consider,
UC Berkeley is considering adopting an interim plan for
enforcing the code of conduct. The Monday presentation
is a step in that process.