The University of Tennessee is committed to conducting its business affairs in a socially-responsible and ethical manner. As part of that commitment, the University expects each Licensee of the University of Tennessee to recognize its responsibilities to employees for the conditions under which its licensed products and/or services are made. Employees producing and/or assembling products or services manufactured, sold, or distributed by a Licensee must be provided with decent working conditions and must be treated with dignity and respect. In order to attain these goals, the University has implemented the following Code of Conduct as part of its licensing agreements issued through our agent, The Collegiate Licensing Company. Licensees are required to adhere to, at a minimum, the principles and standards set forth in the Code. Each Licensee is also responsible for requiring that its contractors, subcontractors and primary suppliers adhere to these principles and standards as well. The University expects Licensees to assist in educating their employees regarding the standards set forth in this Code of Conduct.

Labor Code Standards:


The Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC) and the collegiate institutions represented by CLC are each committed to conducting their business affairs in a socially responsible and ethical manner consistent with their respective educational, research and/or service missions, and to protecting and preserving the global environment. While CLC and the Collegiate Institutions believe that Licensees share this commitment, CLC and certain Collegiate Institutions have adopted the following Labor Code Standards (the “Code”) which requires that all Licensees, at a minimum, adhere to the principles set forth in the Code.

Throughout the Code the term “Licensee” shall include all persons or entities which have entered into a written “License Agreement” with CLC to manufacture “Licensed Articles” (as that term is defined in the License Agreement) bearing the names, trademarks and/or images of one or more Collegiate Institutions. The term “Licensee” shall for purposes of the Code, and unless otherwise specified in the Code, encompass all of Licensee’ contractors, subcontractors or manufacturers which produce, assemble or package finished Licensed Articles for the consumer.


Licensees agree to operate work places and contract with companies whose work places adhere to the standards and practices described below. CLC and the Collegiate Institutions prefer that Licensees exceed these standards.

Legal Compliance: Licensees must comply with all applicable legal requirements of the country(ies) of manufacture in conducting business related to or involving the production or sale of Licensed Articles. Where there are differences or conflicts with the Code and the laws of the country(ies) of manufacture, the higher standard shall prevail, subject to the following considerations. In countries where law or practice conflicts with these labor standards, Licensees agree to consult with governmental, human rights, labor and business organizations and to take effective actions as evaluated by CLC, the applicable Collegiate Institution(s) or their designee, and the applicable Licensee(s) to achieve the maximum possible compliance with each of these standards. Licensees further agree to refrain from any actions that would diminish the protections of these labor standards.

Employment Standards

Licensees shall comply with the following standards:

Wages and Benefits

Licensees recognize that wages are essential to meeting employees’ basic needs. Licensees shall pay employees, as a floor, at least the minimum wage required by local law or the local prevailing industry wage, whichever is higher, and shall provide legally mandated benefits.

Working Hours

Except in extraordinary business circumstances, hourly and/or quota-based wage employees shall (i) not be required to work more than the lesser of (a) 48 hours per week and 12 hours overtime or (b) the limits on regular and overtime hours allowed by the law of the country of manufacture or, where the laws of such country do not limit the hours of work, the regular work week in such country plus 12 hours overtime; and (ii) be entitled to at least one day off in every seven day period.

Overtime Compensation

In addition to their compensation for regular hours of work, hourly and/or quota-based wage employees shall be compensated for overtime hours at such a premium rate as is legally required in the country of manufacture or, in those countries where such laws do not exist, at a rate at least equal to their regular hourly compensation rate.

Child Labor

Licensees shall not employ any person at an age younger than 15 (or 14, where, consistent with International Labor Organization practices for developing countries, the law of the country of manufacture allows such exception). Where the age for completing compulsory education is higher than the standard for the minimum age of employment stated above, the higher age for completing compulsory education shall apply to this section. Licensees agree to consult with governmental, human rights and nongovernmental organizations, and to take reasonable steps as evaluated by CLC, the applicable Collegiate Institution(s) or their designee, and the applicable Licensee(s) to minimize the negative impact on children released from employment as a result of implementation or enforcement of the Code.

Forced Labor

There shall not be any use of forced prison labor, indentured labor, bonded labor or other forced labor.

Health and Safety

Licensees shall provide a safe and healthy working environment to prevent accidents and injury to health arising out of, linked with, or occurring in the course of work or as a result of the operation of Licensee facilities.


No person shall be subject to any discrimination in employment, including hiring, salary, benefits, advancement, discipline, termination or retirement, on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, political opinion, or social or ethnic origin.

Harassment or Abuse

Every employee shall be treated with dignity and respect. No employee shall be subject to any physical, sexual, psychological or verbal harassment or abuse. Licensees will not use or tolerate any form of corporal punishment.

Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining

Licensees shall recognize and respect the right of employees to freedom of association and collective bargaining.

IMG and the Collegiate Institutions will continue to monitor these issues and will promote studies that examine conditions and factors related to minimum and prevailing wages and employees’ basic needs.


Informational Links:

The Fair Labor Association (FLA)

The Workers Right Consortium (WRC)