Since the twin issues of WRC factory access and labor violations at Hansae have arisen, other universities have taken action regarding Nike’s policies. The following is a summary of steps taken by other institutions in the arena of code of conduct enforcement:
- University of Washington – Seattle: See these three links regarding the negotiations and ultimatum the UW Seattle has urged on their licensee, including a commitment to let the license expire if the brand refuses to guarantee access for their university designated monitors and remediate Hansae.
- Georgetown University: Georgetown’s athletics program is sponsored by Nike, and the company also has a licensing agreement with the university. Georgetown has been in discussions with Nike, the University of Washington and WRC. In the Spring of 2016, the university’s equivalent of ACTL recommended that Nike’s licensing contract not be renewed, unless Nike agreed to facilitate WRC factory access (Source). As a result of a student sit-in organized by USAS, Georgetown’s administration pledged to not renew the university’s licensing agreement with Nike this past December, until the terms of WRC factory access were met (Source).
- Rutgers University: Rutgers’ athletics program was previously sponsored by Nike. The university issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a new athletics sponsor in August, 2016. Part of this RFP included a provision requiring bidders to comply with Rutgers’ agents in periodic inspections of supplier factories (page 7).
- University of California – Berkeley & Los Angeles: Cal’s athletics program used to be sponsored by Nike. In August, Cal switched its sponsorship to Under Armour in a 10 year agreement worth $86 million (Source). UCLA’s athletics program used to be sponsored by Adidas. Last May, UCLA switched its sponsorship to Under Armour, signing a 15 year agreement worth $280 million and estimated to be the biggest sponsorship deal in NCAA history (Source). The University of California systemwide ACTL equivalent recently adopted a policy on March 17, 2016, requiring licensees to “give the University or its Licensing Agent(s) and/or NGOs free and full access to all facilities, materials, and records that may be relevant to such investigation” (p6).
- Northeastern University: As of this month, Northeastern University has allowed their licensing contract with Nike to expire until the brand commits to “timely, expeditious and unrestricted access for the university designated monitor, the Worker’s Rights Consortium.”