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LS&Co. Collaboratory: The Power of the Collective Might

This past October, 10 entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs in the apparel industry came together for three days to learn from and collaborate with Levi Strauss & Co. leaders, outside experts and employee mentors on solutions for reducing their organization’s water impact.

The workshop was a convening of the inaugural class of the LS&Co. Collaboratory, our effort to share LS&Co.’s sustainability learnings with the next generation of apparel leaders. This annual fellowship program is aimed at creating a more socially and environmentally responsible apparel industry.

“The collective might of smaller organizations combined with the power of a big company like Levi Strauss & Co. – it takes both to create systems change,” said Rebecca van Bergen, Executive Director of Nest and LS&Co. Collaboratory fellow.

As part of the Collaboratory curriculum, designed in partnership with the Aspen Institute, fellows were asked to develop their own water solution for their respective businesses/organizations. Each fellow’s water solution may receive up to $50,000 in funding, which will be announced later this year.

Meet the first class of Collaboratory Fellows here.