Levi’s

Famous apparel company known for its denim

Levi’s is an American company selling men’s and women’s apparel and accessories. Known primarily for their denim jeans, Levi’s has begun an initiative to become a more sustainable brand

Environment:

Although Levi’s has some sustainability practices in place, there are other concerns that the company must address. Levi’s operates a “Levi’s SecondHand” store that prevents used clothing from being thrown away. The company has also drastically reduced the amount of water needed in the denim finishing process by 96% through the “Levi’s WaterLess” program. Levi’s has also been applauded for being a first-mover in the effort to reduce greenhouse gases and chemical use. While the company does use wool, leather, and down in production, they have an animal welfare policy that supports the Five Domains of Animal Welfare.

Social Responsibility:

Levi’s workforce protections are very vague, and could be improved. The company’s Code of Conduct sets basic standards against child and forced labor and in support of health and safety standards. However, the company states it will do business with partners who “comply with any applicable law and match the prevailing… practices”. Levi’s poor employee protections are also seen in its 2021 Fashion Transparency Index rating, where the company was given only a 44% rating. While the company did have multiple workplace safety and labor relations violations in the U.S. in the early 2000’s, the company has not had a violation in nearly five years

Governance:

Levi’s offers a good deal of transparency regarding production and efforts to reduce emissions and waste. However, much of the detail surrounding Levi’s supply chain and workforce remains undisclosed. The company does publish a Code of Conduct that applies to all suppliers, however this code remains very vague in areas such as providing a living wage.

Certifications:

Levi’s does not hold any environment-related business certifications. Additionally, many of Levi’s suppliers do not have labor certifications that ensure workers are given a living wage or labor rights.

Additional Resources:

Code of Conduct

Animal Welfare Policy

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