Code of Conduct

Section 1

The University of California (UC) supports humane and enforceable labor standards in the manufacture of products bearing its name.  In August 1988, UC became one of the first universities in the country to adopt a code of conduct for its trademark licensees.  In March 2017, the code was revised and the current UC code requires licensees and their contractors to pay a living wage, comply with environmental, health and safety laws, and to allow freedom of association.  Under the revised code, all names and addresses of the licensee’s contractor and manufacturing plants will be made public.  The code can be found at: The University of California Code of Conduct for Trademark Licensees.


To advise UC on the issues of sweatshops around the world and to assist in the monitoring and enforcement of its code, UC is affiliated with the Fair Labor Association and the Worker Rights Consortium.