Proposed Resolution – Bangladesh Accord On Fire and Building Safety


The following resolution aims to hold UCSB licensees to higher standards for worker safety;  the resolution requests that these standards be implemented in sufficient time to be in effect prior to the UCSB Bookstore’s purchasing of apparel in order to meet students’ demand for safe and responsible clothing for the fall term of 2015.

Please add your signature, via the link below, to support this resolution. Deadline to sign: Thursday, April 23, 2015.

Resolution Proposed by Dr. Richard Appelbaum

A Resolution Calling on the UCSB Academic Senate to Ask that the Chancellor Require UCSB Licensees that Sourced Apparel from Bangladesh, Prior to January 1, 2013, be Required to Sign the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety

Whereas Bangladesh is the second largest apparel producer in the world, employing over three million workers in some 3,500 factories, virtually none of which currently meet basic safety standards, and

Whereas the failure to meet basic safety standards in Bangladesh’s apparel factories has resulted in fires and building collapses that have claimed more than 2,000 workers’ lives while injuring thousands more, and

Whereas the 2013 collapse of the Rana Plaza industrial building in Dhaka, which claimed 1,137 apparel workers’ lives while injuring 2,515 others – the worst apparel factory disaster in history – resulted in an historic agreement, the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety (hereafter “Accord”), and

Whereas the Accord, signed by more than 190 apparel brands, retailers and importers from over 20 countries in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia, as well as two global trade unions, eight Bangladesh trade unions, and four NGO witnesses, legally obligates its signatory brands to ensure that sufficient funds are available to assure that their contract factories are brought up to international safety standards, and

Whereas a much weaker agreement, the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety (hereafter “Alliance”), led by Gap and Walmart and signed by 26 companies, is neither legally binding nor obligates its signatories to assure that sufficient funds are made available for factory remediation, and

Whereas the UC Committee on the Code of Conduct for Trademark Licensees (hereafter UC Trademark Licensing Committee), which in spring 2014 was comprised of licensing directors/coordinators/bookstore managers from four UC campuses (Berkeley, Davis, Los Angeles, and Santa Cruz), as well as UC students, faculty, staff, and legal counsel, having reviewed in detail arguments in favor of both the Accord and the Alliance, unanimously recommended to the UC Office of the President that all UC trademark licensees be required to sign the Accord, and

Whereas the UC Office of the President, after considering the Committee recommendation for several months, in fall 2014 gave campus licensing directors the option of requiring their licensees to sign either the Accord or the Alliance (or both, if they so chose), thereby lowering the standard set by the unanimous vote of the UC Trademark Licensing Committee, and

Whereas UC Policy on Delegation of Authority (DA0864) says “Each Chancellor is delegated, within his area of jurisdiction, authority to permit use of campus names (e.g., University of California, Davis), and/or abbreviations (e.g., UCLA), or any other name of which said designations or abbreviations are a part” (http://policy.ucop.edu/_files/da/da0864.html), and

Whereas nearly two thousand students at UC Santa Barbara have called upon the Office of the Chancellor to require all trademark licensees and their subsidiaries that were deriving any apparel from Bangladesh as of January 1, 2013, to sign the Accord,

Therefore we, the undersigned UCSB faculty, call upon the Academic Senate to call on the Chancellor to require all UCSB trademark licensees, their subsidiaries, and their parent companies who derived apparel from Bangladesh before January 1, 2013, to sign the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety, or face termination of their UCSB business. Furthermore, we request that the aforementioned requirement be implemented in sufficient time to be in effect prior to the UCSB Bookstore’s purchasing of apparel to meet students’ demand for safe and responsible clothing for the fall term of 2015.

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UCSB Faculty Signatories:

Janet Afary, Mellichamp Chair, Religious Studies

Kevin Anderson, Sociology

Paul Amar, Global Studies

Richard Appelbaum, Research Professor and MacArthur Chair, Global Studies and Sociology

Ralph Armbruster-Sandoval, Chicano/a Studies

Marguerite Bouraad-Nash, Global Studies

Eileen Boris, Hull Professor Chair, Feminist Studies

Allison Brysk, Mellichamp Chair, Global Studies

Julie Carlson, English

Maria Charles, Chair, Sociology

Patricia Clancy, Emeritus, Linguistics

Raymond Clemencon, Global Studies, Sociology, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management

David Cleveland, Environmental Studies

Jon Cruz, Sociology

Michael Curtain, Mellichamp Chair, Film and Media Studies

Carla D’Antonio, Environmental Studies

Eve Darian-Smith, Chair, Global Studies

Tom Dunne, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management

Hilal Elver, Fellow, Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies

Richard Falk, Fellow, Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies

Sarah Fenstermaker, Emeritus, Sociology

Richard Flacks, Research Professor, Sociology

Claudio Fogu, French and Italian Studies

Avery Gordon, Sociology

Barbara Herr Harthorn, Anthropology, PI Center for Nanotechnology in Society

Mark Juergensmeyer, Global Studies

Suzanne Jill Levine, Spanish and Portuguese

Nelson Lichtenstein, History

Patrick McCray, History

Aashish Mehta, Global Studies

Jan Nederveen Pieterse, Mellichamp Chair, Global Studies

Constance Penley, Film and Media Studies, Co-Director Carsey-Wolf Center

Fabio Rambelli, Religious Studies, East Asian Languages and Studies

Geoffrey Raymond, Sociology

Russell Rumberger, Gevirtz Graduate School of Education

Denise Segura, Sociology and Chicano/a Studies

Elena Skapoulli-Raymond, Sociology

Eric R.A.N. Smith, Political Science

Jon Snyder, French and Italian Studies

Paul Sonnino, History

Paul Spickard, History

Allan Stewart-Oaten, Emeritus, Ecology, Evolution & Marine Biology

Cynthia Stohl, Communication

Michael Stohl, Communication; Director, Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies

Janet Walker, Chair, Film and Media Studies

Elisabeth Weber, Germanic and Slavic Studies

Howard Winant, Sociology