Nearly 30 years ago, Levi Strauss & Co. established itself as the industry standard bearer for responsible supply chain practices by introducing a comprehensive code of conduct. Called the Levi Strauss & Co. Terms of Engagement, it set out to protect the basic needs and rights of workers as well as the environment. Since its implementation, similar codes have become the industry standard and are employed by most apparel companies.
In 2011, Levi Strauss & Co. began piloting the next phase of its commitment to creating a more sustainable supply chain called the Worker Well-being initiative. Through this new approach, the company partners with its suppliers and local organizations to implement programs focused on financial empowerment, health and family well-being, and equality and acceptance.
Worker Well-being takes a unique approach to addressing worker needs that starts with listening to workers. Before implementing any program or intervention, LS&Co.’s suppliers start by surveying factory workers to hear first-hand what they need to be more engaged, healthy and productive employees. Once identified, LS&Co. and its suppliers partner with local and national non-profits and NGOs to implement programs to meet the needs of workers.The Results
As of 2020, LS&Co.’s Worker Well-being programs were reaching approximately 195,000 workers in to 118 factories in 16 countries, which represents 65 percent of the company's product volume. The initiative has created proven, sustainable business and social benefits at all levels of the supply chain, including a demonstrated 4:1 return on investment for some programs. We have also partnered with Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health to adapt and improve our approach to improving the health and well-being of apparel workers. Updates and results from this research collaboration will be available soon.Targets