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March 7, 2006

Smith College Endorses Concept of Designated Suppliers Program

NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—Following a recommendation by a campus-wide policy committee, Smith College President Carol T. Christ has declared the college’s support for the principle, proposed by United Students Against Sweatshops and endorsed by the Worker Rights Consortium, of identifying suppliers of college apparel who follow appropriate labor policies.

Under the proposed Designated Suppliers Program, colleges and universities would agree to obtain logo apparel from a set of designated factories that fully and consistently respect the rights of their employees and pay them a living wage.
Christ noted that in supporting the principles of the program, the college is likely to limit suppliers of licensed apparel in the future.

Smith joins a number of colleges and universities, including Duke, Georgetown, the University of Connecticut and Indiana University, in this national effort to improve labor conditions at factories producing collegiate apparel.

Smith College is consistently ranked among the nation’s foremost liberal arts colleges. Enrolling 2,800 students from every state and 60 other countries, Smith is the largest undergraduate women’s college in the country.

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