Fair Labor Practices

When you support the university’s licensed suppliers, you are helping to encourage just and humane working conditions around the world. Washington University in St. Louis is affiliated with two organizations working to protect workers’ rights and remediate abusive working conditions.

Please read below for more information on the Fair Labor Association and the Worker Rights Consortium.


Fair Labor Association (FLA)

Washington University has been affiliated with the Fair Labor Association since 2000 and has adopted for its licensed products the FLA “Workplace Code of Conduct,” which is based on the core labor standards of the International Labor Organization.

“The mission of the FLA is to combine the efforts of industry, civil society organizations, colleges and universities to protect workers’ rights and improve working conditions worldwide by promoting adherence to international labor standards.”

The university has served on the FLA Board since 2007, and in 2015-16, a Public Affairs intern will participate in the FLA Student Engagement Program.

For more information about the Fair Labor Association, please visit FairLabor.org.


Worker Rights Consortium (WRC)

Washington University has been affiliated with the WRC since 2005.

“The Worker 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 sew apparel and make other products sold in the United States.”

For more information about the Worker Rights Consortium, please visit WorkersRights.org.