Volume 93, Issue 88

Thursday, March 16, 2000


Council opts for budget

Western shops for best policy

Coke isn't it for McGill students

Toronto strike force to take aim at rave scene

Binge drinking on the rise

Dinner time helps health



Caught on campus

Western shops for best policy

By Nina Chiarelli
Gazette Staff

Western's Board of Governors has decided to wait for the University of Toronto to sweat over inhumane clothing manufacturing policies, before establishing their own rules on the matter.

Jim Etherington, chair of the BOG's Campus and Community Affairs Committee, said the CCAC met with Students Against Sweatshops Monday to discuss adopting a policy governing Western's clothing manufacturers.

"Several universities are looking at the same thing," he said. "There's considerable work involved in this. U of T is well ahead."

News services manager for U of T, Jane Stirling, said the university was close to a final version of its code. "It's going to the University Affairs Board on April 18," Stirling said.

The policy has two parts, Stirling explained. "The first part of the policy focuses on licensing our name. The second is the code of conduct." She said U of T has been working on the policy for over a year.

"We've had lots of discussion with student groups and not so long ago the university offered a forum on licensing and sweatshops," she said.

Helen Luu, a fourth-year sociology student and member of SAS, said Western should not wait for another school to develop a policy, before planning their own. "We want the Board of Governors to adopt a code of conduct that would require all Western clothing be made under humane conditions," she said.

However, Western's VP-administration, Peter Mercer, said waiting for U of T could help Western. "They're a much larger operation basically going through the same thing," he said. If Western adopted a policy regarding sweatshops, it would be similar to policies at other schools, Mercer added. "Universities always benefit from being good corporate citizens."

Etherington agreed with Mercer on the validity of waiting for U of T to formalize a policy. "What we have to say wouldn't carry a lot of weight unless it was the same as at other universities. Whatever code we end up with will the be same."

Western had been considering this type of policy for a while, Etherington added. "We're on the same track as SAS."

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