Licensees agree to operate workplaces and contract with companies whose workplaces adhere to the standards and practices described below. The workplace shall be defined as all manufacturing and residential facilities directly operated by the Licensee or those making products for said Licensees. The University prefers that Licensees exceed these standards.
A. 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 Product(s). 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 considerations stated in Section VI.
B. Employment Standards
Licensees shall comply with the following standards:
1. Wages and Benefits
Licensees recognize that wages are essential to meeting employees' basic needs. Licensees shall pay employees, as a floor, wages, and benefits which comply with all applicable laws and regulations.
2. Working Hours
Hourly and/or quota-based wage employees shall (i) not be required to work more than the lesser of (a) 48 hours per week or (b) limits on regular hours allowed by the law of the country of manufacture, and (ii) be entitled to at least one day off in every seven-day period, as well as holidays and vacations.
3. Overtime Compensation
All overtime hours must be worked voluntarily by employees. 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 one and one-half their regular hourly compensation rate.
4. Child Labor
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 take reasonable steps as evaluated by the University to minimize the negative impact on children released from employment due to the implementation or enforcement of the Code.
5. Forced Labor
There shall not be any use of forced prison labor, indentured labor, bonded labor, or other forced labor.
6. Health and Safety
Licensees shall provide a safe and healthy working environment to prevent accidents and injury to health arising out of, linked with, or occurring in the course of work or as a result of the operation of Licensees facilities. Licensees shall comply with local and national health and safety laws and with regulations of the kind called for by the health and safety conventions of the International Labor Organization. Furthermore, Licensee shall maintain comprehensive documentation of said employee work-related accidents and/or illnesses. All manufacturing and residential facilities directly operated by the Licensees shall abide by these standards.
No person shall be subject to any discrimination in employment, including hiring, salary, benefits, advancement, discipline, termination, or retirement, based on gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, political opinion, or social or ethnic origin.
8. Harassment or Abuse
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.
9. Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
Licensees shall recognize and respect the right of employees to freedom of association and collective bargaining of their choice. No employee shall be subject to harassment, intimidation, or retaliation in their efforts to freely associate or bargain collectively. Licensees shall not themselves prevent or cooperate with those who would prevent workers from organizing for purposes of collective bargaining. Licensees shall allow union organizers free access to employees. Licensees shall recognize the union of the employees' choice.
10. Women’s Rights
- 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.
- Pregnancy tests will not be a condition of employment, nor will they be demanded of employees.
- 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.
- Workers will not be exposed to hazards, including glues and solvents, that may endanger their safety, including their reproductive health.
- Licensees shall provide appropriate services and accommodation to women workers in connection with pregnancy.