Mitigating climate change and transitioning to a low-carbon future are vital to the health and well-being of communities around the world, including the people who make and wear our products, and to the global economy. Withdrawing from the Paris Agreement is a step backward that will not help the American people or the American business community – now or in the long term.
Levi Strauss & Co. CEO Chip Bergh made these points in a 2017 LinkedIn post, when the Trump administration signaled its intention to withdraw from the accord. Since then, LS&Co. has continued to uphold its long tradition of climate advocacy and action. We joined thousands of companies and cities around the world to say We Are Still In, recommitting ourselves to the goals of the Paris Agreement. In 2018, we went further by setting industry leading science-based targets for our direct operations and supply chain that are aligned with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s guidance to limit warming under 1.5 degrees Celsius. And we signed the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, committing to work with the United Nations and our peers to drive our industry towards zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
This year we were among 75 leading U.S. companies to advocate for strong federal action on climate change, including pricing carbon emissions – an efficient, market-based solution.
Now more than ever, we need strong leadership from the private and public sectors on this critical issue. We urge companies to join us in signing on to We Are Still In, in setting science-based targets that are in line with the 1.5 degrees C scenario and in advocating for Congress to take up science-based climate solutions for the good of our planet, our communities, our businesses, and our future.