innovative practices: planet
With the establishment of our first water quality guidelines in 1992, Levi Strauss & Co. has been a pioneer in the movement to responsibly manage water usage for the health of our planet. Our Global Effluent Requirements (GER) mandate the maximum wastewater contaminant levels for our manufacturing locations worldwide.
DIRECT OPERATIONS. The water usage associated with our direct operations is a small piece of our overall water footprint (only about 1% of the water is linked to manufacturing the product).
MEASUREMENT. Since 2008, we have been tracking water usage throughout our owned and operated facilities. With that data, we are able to compare within and across regions and facility types and develop targets for water reduction at each facility.
TRACKER SUPPLY USAGE. In 2009, we began to collect water use data directly from our suppliers, as well as our own operations. Facilitating this data collection effort is our Social and Environmental Sustainability Information Management System (SES IMS), which allows us to monitor detailed environmental performance at the supplier level.
WATER RECYCLING AND REUSE STANDARD. We’re known as an industry leader, and we’re proud to say we’re leading again — with the first water recycling and reuse standard for apparel manufacturing.
Levi Strauss & Co is one of the founding member signatories of the CEO Water Mandate.
Established in July 2007, this unique public-private initiative, under the auspices of the United Nations Global Compact, assists companies in the development, implementation and disclosure of water sustainability policies and practices.
Our signature acknowledges that companies have a responsibility to make water-resources management a priority and to work with governments, UN agencies, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders to address the global water challenge.
Our commitment to the CEO Water Mandate is ongoing. Read our progress report to learn about new steps we have taken to improve water management.
More than 50 percent of the water associated with our products stems from activities in our supply chain – from cotton production to retail sales. Currently, the supply chain is the primary focus of our water stewardship activities. For example, through the Better Cotton Initiative, we are aiming to help reduce water and pesticide consumption in the cotton industry.