UNC’s 17 campuses license the use of university trademarks and properties, providing a means to influence economic conditions for those employed in the manufacturing industry, and in doing so, foster safer working conditions for those who make UNC-licensed products. Campuses license apparel and other products that may be sourced in Bangladesh, a major producer and exporter of worldwide textiles, apparel and garments. International recognition and concern for the working conditions of those in Bangladesh’s garment industry has increased over the last several years.
UNC President Tom Ross asked staff to review the standards and practices for licensing the use of institutional trademarks and other properties of the University’s 17 campuses and determine whether the adoption of consistent practices would help promote system-wide goals.
Over the past several months staff have gathered information, data and feedback from students, faculty, and certain other sources. The University has received written comments and many interested stakeholders took part in a community discussion that provided additional information and insight. Staff collected and reviewed media coverage relating to worker safety in Bangladesh and polled the University's 17 constituent institutions for data on licensing, including royalties and licensee participation in worker safety agreements.