By Kelly Heyboer/ The Star-Ledger
NEW BRUNSWICK — Rawlings, JanSport and other clothing manufacturers could lose their licenses to produce Rutgers University sweatshirts, caps and other apparel if they don’t sign a deal to help eliminate sweatshops in Bangladesh, campus officials said today.
Rutgers will require the 19 companies in Bangladesh that are licensed to produce items with the university’s logos to sign an agreement to improve worker safety. The Accord on Fire and Building Safety is a legally binding deal between manufacturers and Bangladeshi trade unions that requires firms to help fund workplace safety initiatives.
The agreement was drafted after the 2013 collapse of a factory near the Bangladesh capital that killed more than 1,100 workers and injured 2,500 others. Student groups have been pressuring Rutgers officials to do more about the sweatshop problem worldwide.