Starting in the summer of 2020 and concluding in March 2021, a cross-functional team of Washington University personnel completed an extensive review of companies that provide not-for-resale branded apparel and promotional products to University departments, student groups, and other affiliated organizations. The team included representatives from the Office of Public Affairs, Sustainability, Medical Public Affairs, Resource Management (Purchasing), and University Advancement. The University’s trademark licensing agency, Exemplar Associates, assisted in the review.
Over 40 companies were invited to participate in the structured evaluation, and in the end, 13 have been offered 3-year contracts to provide enhanced products and services to the University community. These 13 companies will support the WashU merchandising principles of Engagement, Stewardship, Innovation, Sustainability, and Education, and all are committed to improving conditions for the people and environments that are replied upon for the production and manufacturing of apparel and promotional items.