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U of T Against Sweatshops

Landmark licensing policy, a first for a Canadian university

This spring Governing Council passed the university’s landmark licensing policy, making U of T the first Canadian university to seek to ensure that merchandise bearing its name, trademarks or images is produced under humane and non-exploitive conditions. Jon Dellandrea, vice-president and chief development officer, headed the task force that worked for 18 months on the policy and its accompanying code of conduct. The code prohibits forced labour, unsafe work environments, extensive working hours, abuse, discrimination and child labour, among other conditions, and has been praised by Students Against Sweatshops.

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