Georgetown University, the nation's oldest Catholic and Jesuit institution of higher learning, is committed to the protection and promotion of human rights worldwide. Consistent with this longstanding tradition, Georgetown has acted to safeguard the rights of workers in factories that produce apparel and other products bearing the name and logos of the University.
Along with other U.S. colleges and universities, Georgetown markets its name and logo through the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC). The CLC then contracts with global brands who manufacture apparel and other products bearing the trademarks and names of colleges and universities. The CLC is responsible for ensuring that companies sign contracts to make products bearing Georgetown's name and logos that require all licensees to abide by the University's Code of Conduct, which provides standards for working conditions, workplace rights, and monitoring producers worldwide.
In Fall 2000, Georgetown established the Licensing Oversight Committee (LOC) to assume leadership within the University on these issues. The LOC is charged with primary responsibility for establishing, managing, and reviewing policy toward, and relations with, the CLC, the Workers Rights Consortium (WRC) and all licensees. The committee makes recommendations to the president regarding the University's relationships with the collegiate products and apparel industry stakeholders.
One way that the LOC carries out its charge is through its relationship with the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC), a non-governmental organization (NGO) that monitors manufacturers' compliance with the codes of conduct of colleges and universities. Georgetown is one of the founding affiliates of the WRC.
The LOC meets regularly, and its membership is comprised of faculty, students and administrators. The chair of the LOC is J. Callahan Watson, Director of Business Policy and Planning.
Current members of the LOC are:
- Daniela Fernandez, undergraduate student
- Scott S. Fleming, Associate Vice President, Office of Federal Relations
- John M. Kline, Professor, Walsh School of Foreign Service
- Jacob Maxmin, undergraduate student
- Dan O’Neil, Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs
- Meg Oakley, Director of Copyright and Scholarly Communications, GU Library
- Lillian Ryan, undergraduate student
- Edward Soule, Assistant Professor, McDonough School of Business
- Isabelle Teare, undergraduate student
J. Callahan Watson
Director of Business Policy and Planning
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