LS&Co. Chip Bergh sits on a panel at the Milken Global Conference in Los Angeles


CEO Chip Bergh Talks People, Policy and Potential

Levi Strauss & Co.
May 10, 2023

Last week, Levi Strauss & Co. CEO Chip Bergh participated in the Milken Global Conference in Los Angeles, which brought together business leaders, heads of state, public officials, activists, athletes, entrepreneurs and experts to talk about the most pressing issues, challenges and opportunities of the day.

As we shared last week, Chip had the opportunity to participate in the Levers of Change: Gun Violence Prevention and Solutions panel, an urgent and often deeply moving conversation around gun violence prevention. The panelists focused on what businesses can do, the survivor’s voice and the policy changes needed to address what is now, shockingly, the leading cause of death among children in this country.

Additionally, Chip sat in on A View From the Top: Leaders Prioritizing People, Policy and Potential, a panel featuring Erika James, the dean of Wharton Business School; Rashida Jones, President of MSNBC; and Greg Shell, partner and board vice chair at Goldman Sachs. Guided by moderator Sara Eisen, the conversation focused on the relationships and dynamics between employers and employees, and how industry leaders manage these relationships while simultaneously maximizing profits and preserving the integrity of their work.

The engaging discussion covered topics including the macroeconomic and hiring outlook; return to office polices and the importance of having robust support programs in place; diversity, equity and inclusion efforts; the necessity for and opportunistic pushback on corporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) efforts; and how and why companies can address social issues — a topic Chip was especially passionate about.

Want to learn more? Watch the conversation below.