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News Report Identifying Forced Labor in Badger Sport’s Supply Chain

Published: December 18, 2018

To: WRC Affiliate Universities and Colleges From: Scott Nova and Ben Hensler Date: December 18, 2018 Re: News report identifying forced labor in Badger Sport’s supply chain As many of you are aware, the Associated Press (AP) published an article yesterday reporting that Badger Sport, a university licensee that also owns Garb Athletic (no relation to the…

Student “Interns” Used as Forced Labor in Chinese Factories Producing Servers Used by European Universities

Published: October 20, 2015

To: WRC Affiliate Universities and Colleges From: Scott Nova and Ben Hensler Date: October 20, 2015 Re: Student “Interns” Used as Forced Labor in Chinese Factories Producing Servers Used by European Universities We are writing to share with you an important report published earlier this month by the Amsterdam-based electronics industry watchdog group, the Good…

Yue Yuen (Holdings), Limited

Published: May 16, 2014

In April 2014, longstanding violations of workers’ rights under local laws and university codes of conduct at Yue Yuen (Holdings) Limited, a top supplier of collegiate licensed athletic footwear, led an estimated 30,000 employees at its factories in southern China to launch a strike that drew international media attention.

Freetrend and Dean Shoes Ltd.

Published: November 10, 2009

Working in collaboration with a leading U.S. athletic footwear company and one of the major shoe manufacturers in South China, the WRC has secured back-pay and offers of reinstatement for twenty-nine improperly laid-off workers, and has conducted broader worker rights training and outreach, at the Freetrend shoe factory in Guangdong, China.

Lianglong Socks Co. Ltd.

Published: May 15, 2009

The WRC assessment identified a number of serious labor rights violations at Lianglong including forced and excessive overtime, with many workers required to work every day of a given month, without a single day off; failure to properly compensate workers for overtime hours worked; the illegal withholding, for an extended period of time, of a substantial amount of workers’ monthly pay; failure to provide legally mandated social benefits; and run-down, unclean, and inadequate dormitory accommodations and bathrooms.