We seek to measure the degree to which a licensee is being open about its business practices and supply chain partners. We consider the degree of openness that a licensee demonstrates in its responses as well as information that it provides to the public. This is measured through the accuracy of its responses to surveys, verified through outside sources where possible, and with the public, via websites and consumer information that the licensee and in some cases, its suppliers provide.
We seek to measure the degree to which a licensee is managing the risk its supply chain poses in the area of workplace rights and conditions that the UC Code was designed to address. Supply chain identification, familiarity, knowledge, and selection process are among the factors measured.
We seek to measure the degree to which a licensee is taking steps to apply the standards found in the UC Code to its supply chain and to employ action steps designed to educate, identify, and mitigate supply chain non-compliances with these standards. This includes whether the licensee has a code of its own that meets or exceeds the international labor standards embodied in the UC Code. Measurement also covers whether a licensee has developed business systems and processes through which international labor standards are implemented within its own manufacturing facilities, if any, and those of its supply chain. These systems and processes include relevant, credible training, whether the licensee positions its code as required or voluntary for suppliers, grievance mechanisms and their scope, and monitoring and remediation activities.
A licensee’s actions in response to identified non-compliances in their supply chain are a key indicator of their understanding and degree of alignment with UCLA standards and expectations. “Running away” is the antithesis of the UCLA mission to “light the way”. We expect UCLA licensees to engage fully in addressing non-compliances identified in their supply chains. We foster this not by “blaming and shaming” but instead encourage licensees toward excellence and then award future license renewal agreements accordingly.
We seek to measure the degree to which a licensee’s procurement processes support and reinforce the attainment of international labor standards throughout its own manufacturing facilities and those of its suppliers. This includes the degree of alignment between the procurement criteria and processes the licensee represents that it follows and the workplace standards found in university codes. Planning, forecasting, training, length of supplier relationships, and reward systems for internal and contracted supply chain partners all contribute to this measurement.