We take responsibility for the human and environmental footprint of our products and operations, doing right by the places where we live and work, and innovating around the best possible practices and policies for us, our industry, and the planet.
Our profits through principles approach to business, rooted in our legacy, is what guides us. It’s why we integrated factories in the American south before the Civil Rights Act and why we established the first comprehensive labor standards of any multinational company. We have implemented water-saving technologies, an industry-leading climate strategy, Worker Well-being initiatives, and new fiber and fabric programs, among other efforts. And we are not content just influencing our own operations; we have to innovate to help address harmful aspects of the apparel industry as a whole.
We must be good stewards of the natural resources we use. We must understand and improve the impact we have in the communities in which we operate. We must do away with outdated, damaging industry practices and advocate both for new, better approaches and for other issues important to communities we engage with. It is how we help the company grow, innovate, and stay as durable as the products we make.
To learn more, check out our 2019 Sustainability Review.
In 2015, Levi Strauss & Co. updated its Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for a pair of jeans, calculating the resource use and impact of a single pair over its life cycle. We use the same framework to think about our sustainability efforts: Design – how we conceive of the look and feel of our products; Source – where we get the fibers and materials that we use; Make – how our products are made; and Use and Reuse – where we can lead the drive towards true circularity once the product is in stores or in the hands of consumers.
We seek to influence and improve our impact – and the impact of the apparel industry as whole – across every one of these steps.