Big news! After months of pressure from students, athletes, and faculty, Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia just became the first University President in the country to hold Nike accountable to fundamental labor rights. Georgetown, which holds the largest Air Jordan contract in the country, has notified Nike that the brand must agree to Georgetown’s Code of Conduct in order to continue as the school’s athletic sponsor. Included in this Code of Conduct is obligatory monitoring of supplier factories by the Worker Rights Consortium.
As a founding member of the Worker Rights Consortium, we are proud that even 15 years later, Georgetown remains committed to ensuring its licensees and sponsors are transparent about its working conditions, and cooperate with independent monitoring. Now the choice is up to Nike: allow the WRC to inspect your factories or lose the right to make Hoya apparel. Which school will follow Georgetown’s lead?