Last week, the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE) released its annual Corporate Information Transparency Index (CITI), which measures transparency and supply chain practices in China. Levi Strauss & Co. was ranked No. 1 in both the apparel industry and overall, topping both rankings for the second year in a row.
IPE is internationally recognized as the leading voice in China on environmental sustainability in manufacturing. Every year, it works with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to compile and release the CITI, which ranks more than 600 global companies with sourcing in China. CITI ranks them according to how effectively they work with suppliers to cut emissions and waste and how transparent they are about their work.
“Being placed at the top of the list shows that our work there has met a high standard for performance and transparency,” said Jeffrey Hogue, chief sustainability officer at LS&Co. “Achieving a top ranking in the CITI index is something we can build on each year, so we can be clear about how we’re continually improving on all our key priority areas for managing an efficient and sustainable supply chain.”
The IPE standards are aligned with the same standards that we have set for ourselves and that we work to achieve globally throughout our supply chain through our Supplier Code of Conduct. The index highlights several of the themes explored in our most recent sustainability report, such as working closely with our suppliers to reach our targets on climate and water, continuing to improve on wastewater management and reporting more thoroughly and transparently on this work.