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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 UI’s 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.