CONTACT: STEVE PARROTT
5 Old Capitol
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-0552; fax (319) 335-0558
Release: March 1, 2001
UI creates web site with apparel licensee factory locations
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa has created
a new web site with lists of factory locations of companies licensed to produce
apparel and other items with the UIs logo, name, trademarks and images.
The web address for the site is http://www.uiowa.edu/productlicenses/.
As of March 1, the database has factory location information
for about 360 licensees.
UI apparel licensees are required to provide the factory
location information as part of a
UI Licensee Code of Conduct. The Code was drafted by an ad hoc committee and
approved by UI President Mary Sue Coleman in June 2000. The factory location
information will be used to help monitor working conditions in the factories.
The web site includes instructions on how to download
data and a quick guide on sorting the data. In addition, there are links to
the complete text of the UI Licensee Code of Conduct as well as remarks by
President Mary Sue Coleman on the "sweatshop issue." There are also
links to the web sites of two national organizations created to monitor companies
that produce collegiate apparel, the Worker Rights Consortium and the Fair
Labor Association. The University of Iowa is a member of both organizations.