Overview: United Students against
Sweatshops (USAS) Proposal
- Current system works on a complaint basis –
- Once a complaint of non-compliance is made,
the WRC and/or FLA
investigate the allegation.
- The USAS proposal is motivated by concern
that monitoring of workplace conditions at the factory level is difficult
and compliance hard to measure.
- Also, there is a growing trend for brands to
move production to low-cost suppliers who may not meet codes.
- This undermines the incentives workers and plants
have to push for improved working conditions.
- Proposal Overview
- To address these issues, the United Students
Against Sweatshops has put forward a Designated Suppliers Program.
- The program is based on the principle of ex
ante accreditation, rather than ex post investigation of
- In addition to complying with local laws,
to pay a living wage;
of production to be for university licensees or others who adhere to the
same codes; and
- How Proposed Plan Changes Existing Standards
- Creates Designated Suppliers
- Currently, the WRC and FLA
investigate complaints of non-compliance and violations.
- The proposal requires the WRC to accredit a
plant as being in compliance, as stated above.
- Universities can only purchase products
from suppliers that are accredited by the WRC.
- Mandates a living wage
- Currently, plants are required to adhere to
all local minimum wage laws and rules and regulation regarding wages.
- The proposed plan mandates that the factory
must demonstrate that its employees are paid a living wage.
- Requires Union
- Current policies endorse the concept of
- The proposed plan requires that employees
be represented by a legitimate, representative labor union or other
representative employee body.