Trademark and Licensing Code of Conduct

Columbia University is affiliated with the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) and the Fair Labor Association (FLA).

The WRC is a non-profit independent labor-rights monitoring organization created in 2000 by college and university administrations, students and labor rights experts, and works with universities to ensure that factories producing clothing and other goods bearing college and university logos respect the basic rights of workers.  Columbia University was a founding member of the WRC. Its Model Code of Conduct is available here.

The FLA is a non-profit collaboration between universities, civil society organizations and socially responsible companies, and works to protect workers’ rights and to encourage companies to comply with internationally recognized labor standards in the production of goods worldwide. Columbia University has been affiliated with the FLA since its founding in 1999. Its Code of Conduct is available here.

To align with the goals and tenets of these leading organizations, in 2000, Columbia’s University Senate adopted a Code of Workplace Conduct for Columbia University’s Licensees. It is available here.