people: apparel workers
More than 25 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.
How It Works
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.
Since piloting in 2011, LS&Co. has expanded Worker Well-being to 12 countries impacting nearly 100,000 workers. 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.
• By 2020, LS&Co. aims to produce 80% of its product volume in Worker Well-being factories, impacting 200,000 workers
• By 2025, the company aims to implement Worker Well-being with all strategic suppliers, reaching 300,000 workers
LS&Co. is also making its Worker Well-being tools and resources available publicly.
RELATED RESOURCES — APPAREL WORKERS-
Worker Well-being: How to Get Started
- Improving Business Performance Through Gender Equality
- Sustainability Guidebook (TOE)
- Managing Health at the Workplace
- Worker Well-being Guidebook
Worker Well-being Country Snapshots
Worker Well-being Survey Reports
- Worker Well-being Bangladesh Survey Report
- Worker Well-being Cambodia Survey Report
- Worker Well-being Egypt Survey Report
- Worker Well-being Haiti Survey Report
- Worker Well-being Pakistan Survey Report
Case Studies & White Papers
- HERProject: Investing in Women for a Better World
- Freedom of Association, A Positive Result in Haiti
- Child Labor in Bangladesh
- Women’s Working Conditions in the Pearl River Delta
- Worker Well-being White Paper
Policies & Commitments
- California Transparency in Supply Chains Act 2011
- Levi Strauss & Co. and Hennes & Mauritz AB Announce Global Ban on Sandblasting
- Levi Strauss & Co. Announces New Terms of Engagement for Its Global Supply Chain
- Wages & Benefits – 2011
- Open Letter to Government, Manufacturers, and Trade Unions in Cambodia