Here at LS&Co., we’re proud of our long history of supporting equality, civil rights and social justice. It’s part of what makes us who we are, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
One of the causes that’s near and dear to our hearts? LGBT rights.
In 1992, we became the first Fortune 500 company to grant domestic partnership health benefits (we just again received a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index), and over the years we’ve fought to make societal changes through our public policy advocacy and our work in the community.
That’s why we were so honored to receive the Guardian Award at Outfest’s Legacy Awards. Outfest is the leading organization that promotes equality by creating, sharing and protecting LGBT stories on the screen.
Levi’s® Chief Merchandising Officer Grant Barth was on hand to represent LS&Co. at the ceremony last Wednesday, which was held at L.A. culinary hotspot Vibiana and — in a nod to us — featured a dress code of “cocktail attire with a denim twist.”
As Grant told the audience:
“We cherish our rich history at Levi’s®. We are the original blue jean — the first — so we make sure to be very dedicated in preserving our legacy. We are proud to stand alongside Outfest as a partner in these common values as well as supporting the preservation and archiving of the rich history of the LGBT community through film. “
Other honorees were actress Hilary Swank, who earned the Trailblazer Award for her performance in Boys Don’t Cry, and Visionary Award recipient Armistead Maupin, who penned the classic S.F. series Tales of the City. We couldn’t be more proud to be in such great company.