Oregon State University has implemented labor code standards to ensure fair and ethical working conditions in factories that produce university branded products. All licensed vendors must comply with the university's labor code requirements. OSU has affiliated with the Fair Labor Association (FLA) and the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) to implement and enforce labor standards, monitor manufacturing sites and establish remediation plans, when necessary.
To ensure these standards are upheld, all licensees are required to affiliate with the FLA, disclose factory locations and authorize inspections and audits.
The university's labor code standards shall apply to all licensees' contractors, subcontractors or manufacturers which produce, assemble or package finished products for the consumer.
Licensees must also comply with all applicable legal requirements of the country of manufacture. When there are differences between the code and local laws, licensees must consult with governmental, human rights, labor and business organizations and the university to take effective actions to achieve the maximum possible compliance with each of these standards.
Licensees shall pay employees at least the minimum wage required by local law or the local prevailing industry wage - whichever is higher - and shall provide legally mandated benefits.
Except in extraordinary business circumstances, hourly and/or quota-based wage employees shall:
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 an 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 OSU, IMG College Licensing and the Licensee 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.
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 Licensee facilities.
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.