Social Responsibility

Purdue University is committed to conducting its business affairs in a socially responsible and ethical manner, which are consistent with its educational, research, and service missions. 

As part of our ongoing efforts to ensure that all Purdue University-licensed products are made in socially compliant factories and that all workers are treated fairly, we are members of both the Fair Labor Association (FLA) and the Workers Right Consortium (WRC). 

Our minimum and non-negotiable requirement is that all Purdue University standard licensees seek and receive membership in the FLA and adhere to its code of conduct. 

Companies that join the FLA committ to 10 Principles of Fair Labor and Responsible Sourcing (and/or production) and agree to uphold the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct in their supply chain. 

Fair Labor Association 

Since 1999, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) has helped improve the lives of millions of workers around the world. As a collaborative effort of socially responsible companies, colleges and universities, and civil society organizations, FLA creates lasting solutions to abusive labor practices by offering tools and resources to companies, delivering training to factory workers and management, conducting due diligence through indepedent assessments, and advocating for greater accountability and transparency from companies, manufacturers, factories and others involved in global supply chains. 

The FLA Workplace Code of Conduct defines labor standards that aim to achieve decent and humane working conditions. The code's standards are based on International Labor Organizations standards and internationally accepted good labor practices. 

For more information about the Fair Labor Association, please visit Fair Labor Association and Fair Labor Code of Conduct (PDF)

The Workers Right Consortium 

The Workers Rights Consortium (WRC) is an independent labor rights monitoring organization, conducting investigations of working conditions in factories around the globe. Our purpose is to combat sweatshops and protect the rights of workers who make apparel and other products.

The WRC conducts independent, in-depth investigations; issues public reports on factories producing for major brands; and aids workers at these factories in their efforts to end labor abuses and defend their workplace rights. The WRC is proud to have the support of over 175 college and university affiliates and our primary focus is the labor practices of factories that make university-related apparel.

For more information about The Workers Rights Consortium, please visit Workers Rights Consortium.

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