At Levi Strauss & Co., we believe in living our values: originality, empathy, integrity and courage. And living these values requires that we strive to create a workplace where everyone feels they are empowered and welcomed to be their authentic selves – and where vibrant and thoughtful discourse thrives. That means cultivating an inclusive environment where everyone feels safe, valued and a sense of belonging, and knows unequivocally that their contributions are welcome and needed.
Since 2018, our diversity, inclusion and belonging strategy has focused on creating an inclusive culture, furthering women in leadership, ensuring pay equity and recruiting diverse candidates. Some of our key achievements include building out a Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging function, standing up employee resource groups (ERGs) and implementing programs to empower women, people of color and other underrepresented populations, as well as fostering inclusion and allyship across Levi Strauss & Co.
But we need to do even more. We vow to hire, support, promote and elevate more people of color at LS&Co. across levels and functions. This is a business imperative. We know that businesses are stronger and more successful when they are diverse, inclusive, and represent the communities they serve. More importantly, though, this is a moral imperative. We pride ourselves on being a progressive company that takes bold stances to promote equity, justice and inclusivity all around the world. We will apply these same principles to our hiring and development practices to ensure the kind of diverse workplace that truly reflects the communities where we live, work and sell clothes. And we know that to authentically engage and serve our consumers and community, our workplace must reflect the diversity of the people we serve. Consider this a promise and commitment we intend to deliver on.-Tracy Layney, Chief Human Resources Officer