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Joining the Worker Rights Consortium
When a college or university decides to affiliate with the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC), this affiliation is expressed in the form of a letter from the university’s President or Chancellor to the WRC. Some universities have used the WRC’s Model Letter in making their statement of affiliation. But universities are free to use whatever language they consider to be appropriate.
The only criteria are that the letter clearly state the institution’s decision to affiliate and its recognition of the three obligations of affiliation:
- Maintaining a manufacturing Code of Conduct
- Providing the WRC with factory disclosure information
- Paying affiliation fees
The fees are £1000 per year, or 1% of garment sales turn over, whichever is greatest. For the only organisation that actually monitors corporate behaviour in the garment industry, and then mediates with companies and issues reports for universities to act on if necessary, this is a bargain!
For full details on the affiliation process visit the Worker Rights Consortium’s affiliation pages
Does the Student Union, which sells garments, have to pay to join too?
No. NUS Services are already affiliating to the Worker Rights Consortium. That means that the 220 affiliated students unions will have clothing bought through NUS Services brought into the WRC’s monitoring system already. NUS Services are paying the fee for this affiliation centrally.