Public policy is a critical tool for advancing our environmental sustainability objectives. We are working with global organizations, governments, partners and competitors to develop the next generation of apparel industry standards for energy, water, chemicals and materials usage.
At Levi Strauss & Co. we aim to build sustainability into everything we do so that our profitable growth helps restore the environment. No matter how ground-breaking or comprehensive our policies and programs might be, our environmental sustainability vision is not achievable without collaboration. We believe that sustainability is everyone’s responsibility. Thus, we press for government leadership on environmental standards and green innovation, and we partner with key external stakeholders to advance environmental policymaking.
To that end, we advocate for responsible climate change and water policies in the United States and worldwide and we play a leadership role in key organizations where we can share ideas and influence others to change. Below are examples of our public policy efforts in the environmental arena.
Businesses and the economy need effective government leadership and a regulatory environment that promotes energy efficiency, encourages energy and climate innovation and reduces overall greenhouse gas emissions. We are a founding member of Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP), whose goal is to work directly with key allies in the business community and with members of the U.S. Congress to pass meaningful energy and climate change legislation that is consistent with our core principles. As part of BICEP, we continue to advocate on Capitol Hill and with the Obama Administration for comprehensive U.S. climate and energy legislation. Our other recent climate change policy efforts include:
In 2008, we joined forces with more than a dozen other California-based companies to advocate for the renewal of tax incentives for renewable energy through the World Resources Institute’s (WRI) Green Power Group — California Affiliates. Our efforts included meeting with the Capitol Hill staff of the key Senators voting on legislation; contributing to a joint advertisement in Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper; and sending a letter to the California delegation in the House of Representatives supporting congressional action. These tax incentives passed Congress and were signed by the President in October 2008.
We are a founding member of the UN Global Compact CEO Water Mandate, a unique public-private initiative launched in July 2007. The CEO Water Mandate assists companies in the development, implementation and disclosure of water sustainability policies and practices. On the eve of the G-8 Japan summit in July 2008, we joined other signatories in calling on the world’s most powerful nations to actively address the issue of water scarcity and availability. Earlier, we lobbied for robust funding for the Water for the Poor Act, to make access to clean water and sanitation a central aim of U.S. foreign aid.