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.
Labor Code of Conduct
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.
Wages and Benefits
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:
Not be required to work more than the lesser of:
- 48 hours per week and 12 hours overtime (or)
- The limits on regular and overtime hours allowed by the law of the country of manufacture or, where the laws of such country do not limit the hours of work, the regular work week in such country plus 12 hours overtime
- Be entitled to at least one day off in every seven-day period.
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.
- 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 open to 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 forced or pressured to use contraception.
- 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
Licensees shall recognize and respect the right of employees to freedom of association and collective bargaining.