The Department of the Air Force licenses several businesses and individuals that bring a wide variety of products and services to the commercial sector. By purchasing from one of these individuals you not only support your favorite brands and companies, but a portion of the proceeds are returned to the Department of the Air Force for use in the Intellectual Property Management Office and with morale, welfare, and recreation programs across the Air & Space Forces. To find a list of current Air & Space Forces licensees click HERE.
There are several trademarks and service marks in use by the Air & Space Forces. While we have many different marks, there are also many different ways to use those marks! Find out more about all of the ways we protect the Air Force Symbol, Space Force Delta and other marks by clicking HERE.
In order to maintain high standards for decent and humane working conditions in the manufacturing operations of factories producing officially licensed Air & Space Forces-branded merchandise, the Air & Space Forces Intellectual Property Management Office has established specific guidelines for its licensees and their manufacturers around the world.
We believe that the following set of standards will ensure that decent and humane working conditions are provided to the employees of the factories with which a licensee operates and/or contracts.
We believe that consumers can have confidence that products manufactured in compliance with these standards are not produced under exploitative or inhumane conditions.
Licensees and their manufacturers shall not use any forced labor - prison, indentured, bonded or otherwise. Furthermore, the Department of the Air Force reserves the right to not authorize Air Force or Space Force-branded items, to include the blanks on which the Air Force or Space Force brand is affixed, if any of the elements comprising the merchandise (fabric, thread, paint, glass, metal, etc.) includes goods sourced through countries listed on the U.S. Department of Labor's List of Child Labor/Force Labor.
Licensees and their manufacturers must only employ people who (a) meet the local minimum age for employment, (b) meet the age for completing compulsory education in the country of manufacture, or (c) are at least 15 years old, whichever is higher.
Harassment or Abuse
Licensees and their manufacturers must treat every employee with respect and dignity. No employee shall be subject to any physical, sexual, psychological or verbal harassment or abuse, retribution for grievances, or corporal punishment.
Licensees and their manufacturers shall not subject any person to any discrimination in employment, including hiring, salary, benefits, advancement, discipline, termination or retirement, on the basis of race, religion, gender, marital status, capacity to bear children, age, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, political opinion, social or ethnic origin, or other status of the individual unrelated to the ability to perform the job.
Health and Safety
Licensees and their manufacturers shall provide workers with a safe and healthy working environment to prevent accidents and injury to health arising out of, linked with, or occurring in the course of work or as a result of the operation of manufacturing facilities. The following minimum Standards are included in this requirement:
(A) All manufacturing facilities shall comply with or exceed all applicable local laws concerning sanitation and risk protection.
(B) All facilities shall be properly lighted and ventilated and aisles and exits shall be accessible at all times.
(C) There is adequate medical assistance available in emergencies and designated employees are trained in first aid procedures.
(D) There are adequate and well-identified emergency exits and all employees are trained in emergency evacuation.
(E) Protective safety equipment is available and employees are trained in its use.
(F) Safeguards on machinery meet or exceed local laws.
(G) There are adequate toilet facilities which meet local hygiene requirements and they are properly maintained.
(H) There are facilities or appropriate provisions for meals and other breaks.
(I) When a factory provides housing for its employees, dormitory rooms and sanitary facilities will meet basic needs, be adequately ventilated, and meet fire safety and other local laws.
Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
Licensees and their manufacturers shall recognize and respect the right of employees to associate, organize, and bargain collectively in a lawful and peaceful manner without penalty or interference.
Wages and Benefits
Licensees and their manufacturers must pay each employees at least the minimum wage required by local law, or the prevailing industry wage, whichever is higher. Licensees and their manufacturers must also provide employees with a clear written accounting for every pay period and must not deduct or withhold wages or benefits for disciplinary infractions.
Hours of Work/Overtime
Licensees and their manufacturers must comply with regulations concerning work hours mandated by local laws and use overtime only when employees are compensated according to local law. Licensee and its manufacturers must not allow employees to exceed the maximum number of overtime hours provided by local law.
Licensees and their manufacturers must comply with all provisions for legally-mandated benefits, including but not limited to health care, child care, sick leave, contributions for social security, and life, health, worker's compensation, and other insurance mandated by local law.
Licensees and their manufacturers must comply with applicable country environmental regulations, maintain a written environmental policy, and have a system to minimize or eliminate negative impacts of its practices on the environment.
Licensees and their manufacturers must conduct business in a legal and ethical manner. They must refrain from offering or accepting bribes and kickbacks in any form directly or indirectly to or from government officials or third parties in connection with Air & Space Forces products.
Sourcing Goods for Production/Assembly
Licensees and their manufacturers shall not source goods from providers that do not meet the Standards above.
Air & Space Forces Intellectual
Property Management Office
Air Force Public Affairs Agency
555 E Street East
JBSA-Randolph, TX 78150