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Our Stakeholders

GRI: 2-28
UN SDGs: 9, 13

Collaborating for continued improvement

Our sustainability progress requires the participation of many stakeholders both inside and outside the apparel industry. Their insights help us refine priorities and develop meaningful policies, goals and initiatives that address the issues facing our business, our customers, employees, investors, and suppliers, as well as the communities where we operate. These are just some of the ways we engage with our stakeholders:


  • Social media engagement through our LS&Co. accounts
  • Communication in our stores
  • Participation in the Levi’s® Red Tab™ loyalty program
  • Outreach through email and newsletters
  • Information on our e-commerce sites about product sustainability attributes
  • Unzipped blog
  • Surveys on environmental concerns and perceptions of apparel brands’ sustainability commitments
  • Marketing campaigns such as Levi’s® “Buy Better, Wear Longer” and Dockers® “Easy style, responsibly made”

Wholesale and Licensee Partners

  • Regular communication with our wholesale partners’ sustainability teams
  • Regular assessment and monitoring
  • As-needed input and collaboration on policy development
  • Annual Sustainability Summit for licensees


  • Surveys
  • Team meetings
  • CEO town hall meetings
  • Company intranet
  • Emails from leadership
  • Internal newsletters
  • Employee Resource Groups
  • Ethics and Compliance Reportline

Shareholders and Prospective Shareholders

  • One-on-one engagement
  • Conferences
  • Financial press
  • Earnings conference calls
  • Formal communications, including our press releases and Forms 8-K, 10-Q and 10-K

Suppliers and Supply Chain Workers

  • Worker Well-being initiative
  • Collaboration with the Sustainability and Health Initiative (SHINE) at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Supply chain worker studies and surveys
  • Supplier assessments
  • Interviews with suppliers
  • Better Buying surveys
  • Workshops and trainings

NGOs, Brands and Industry-Wide Coalitions

  • Meetings and working groups
  • Live events
  • Industry group roundtables
  • Partner collaborations
  • Surveys

Key Memberships and Partnerships

Our memberships and partnerships are key to our success. Below are some of the organizations we engage with, either through direct participation or by adding our voice as a signatory.

Organization Focus Area Nature of Relationship Year Joined
Accounting for Sustainability (A4S) General sustainability Founding Member and Co-Chair, U.S. Chapter (Chief Financial Officer) 2019
AIM European Brands Association Business association Participant 2019
AmCham China Business association Participant 2013
American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) Industry association Member and Member of Environmental and Product Safety committees 1953
Apparel and Footwear International RSL Management (AFIRM) Group Chemicals Founding member, Steering Committee member 2004
Better Cotton Initiative Raw materials Member 2010
BSR General sustainability Member 1993
Business Roundtable (BRT) Business association Participant 2020
Canopy Planet Sustainable forestry Signatory 2014
Ceres BICEP Climate change (policy) Founding member, Steering Committee member 2009
Ceres Company Network General sustainability Member 2009
Ellen MacArthur Foundation Jeans Redesign Project Circularity Member 2021
European Branded Clothing Alliance (EBCA) Public policy (Europe) Founding member 2007
Fashion for Good Sustainability innovation Member 2021
Green Chemistry & Commerce Council (GC3) Chemicals Sponsor 2013
Haas Center for Responsible Business Academic institution/general sustainability Sponsor, Senior Advisory Board member 2003
ILO/IFC Better Work Tripartite initiative Partner 2005
International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Compliance Silver Member 2019
Leather Working Group Sustainable leather production Member 2021
National Retail Federation (NRF) Industry association Participant and Member of Sustainability Council 2003
Open to All Non-discrimination campaign Founding Member 2018
Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) Industry association Board member (CEO) and Member of Environmental Advocacy, Sustainability, Zero Waste Network, Retail Climate Action committees 2017
Social & Labor Convergence Program (SLCP) Supply chain Signatory 2015
Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) General sustainability Founding member 2010
Textile Exchange Raw materials Member 2019
The Conference Board Chief Privacy Officer Council Compliance Participant 2019
UN Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action Climate change Signatory and Member of Policy Working Group 2018
UN Global Compact General sustainability Signatory 2006
UN Global Compact CEO Water Mandate Water stewardship Member 2008
U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Sustainable cotton Board member 2021
U.S. Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) Industry association Board Chair (VP, Public Affairs) 1992
Water Resilience Coalition Water Member 2020
World Federation of Advertisers Business Member 2020
ZDHC Foundation Chemicals Founding brand, board member 2012