levi strauss foundation
Courageous Risks. Innovative Community Partnerships. Leading Corporate Citizenship.
The Levi Strauss Foundation advances the human rights and well-being of underserved people touched by our business.
Every day, we support progressive leaders and organizations that take risks and innovate as they address the most pressing social issues of our time: from HIV/AIDS and human rights, to promoting long-term assets among low-income people and improving the lives of apparel workers in our supply chain.
Here’s a glimpse at some of the work The Levis Strauss Foundation does around the globe:
Levi Strauss Foundation Case Study
Learn about our five-year effort to help a group of Bay Area social justice leaders scale their impact by investing in capacity building and supporting new ways of working. Explore how this initiative came into being, who these remarkable and adept leaders are, and what we are learning along the way.
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World AIDS Day: A look Back at Our History Fighting HIV/AIDS
By the time then-COO Bob Haas and other top LS&Co. leaders took to company headquarters to distribute informational pamphlets to employees, the disease had just been given a name – AIDS. It was 1982, a mere year after the CDC identified the mysterious infection claiming the lives of primarily gay men as Acquired Immune Deficiency... Read more »
Using Fashion To Create Change
Ruth DeGolia, executive director of Mercado Global, recently visited Levi Strauss & Co.’s San Francisco headquarters to talk about the potential of ethical fashion to create change – and how consumers and retailers alike can help drive that change. Mercado Global empowers indigenous women of Guatemala to break the cycle of poverty by connecting them... Read more »
Levi Strauss Foundation Honored for Actions Against a Global Epidemic
In the early 1980s, when HIV/AIDS first began making its mysterious and lethal mark in San Francisco, a group of Levi Strauss employees asked senior management if they could distribute leaflets in the company headquarters. Their unequivocal response: Yes, and we’ll join you. This was likely the first corporate response to this emerging epidemic. Fast... Read more »
Levi Strauss Foundation Timeline
Take a look at some highlights from the past sixty years.
Case Studies & Videos from the Field
Here you will find videos, reports and case studies produced or commissioned by the Levi Strauss Foundation.
AIDS Care China
AIDS Care China, founded and led by Thomas Cai, works with the Chinese public health system to address stigma and discrimination against people affected with HIV/AIDS. The Levi Strauss Foundation funds organizations like AIDS Care China, which promote the health and rights of disadvantaged populations who are disproportionally affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
The Levi Strauss Foundation is a strong supporter of La Cocina, an organization based in San Francisco that helps low-income women start and grow their food businesses. The aim is for these women to have access to financial, marketing and business opportunities that will allow them to transform their passion into full-fledged livelihoods for them and their families.
Mercado Global is a cutting-edge nonprofit, Fair Trade organization with an innovative approach to fighting poverty and empowering indigenous women in Guatemala’s highlands. It does so by connecting the artisan cooperatives to which these women belong to sales opportunities in the U.S. on an unprecedented scale.
WAGES’ mission is to build worker-owned green businesses that create healthy, dignified jobs for low-income women. The organization launches cooperatives that help women develop personal and professional skills, become leaders and gain economic security.
HERproject advances women’s health education programs in factories around the world, with the goal of reaching the millions of women working in global supply chains. Witness how HERproject and Levi Strauss & Co. are working together to positively impacting female workers around the world.
- Women’s Health-Training Programs: HERproject Open-Source Curriculum. Business for Social Responsibility (2012)
- Protecting the Rights of Garment Factory Workers: A Train-the-Trainer Resource. Business for Social Responsibility (2011)
- Giving Latino Families Opportunities to Save for their Futures. Northern California Grantmakers – Snapshots of Philanthropy (2011)
- Moving the Needle: Protecting the Rights of Garment Factory Workers. Business for Social Responsibility (2009)
- On the Ground: Struggles and Lessons of Anti-Racism Work. Project Change (2007)
Pioneers in Justice
The San Francisco Bay Area has not only been Levi Strauss & Co.’s hometown for the past 150 years. It’s also a renowned cradle of innovation, both for technology and social movements.
The Levi Strauss Foundation’s Pioneers in Justice initiative supports a group of next-generation leaders of “bedrock” San Francisco civil rights organizations as they retool their organizations to transform social justice movements by partnering with “unlikely allies” outside their sectors, and testing new technologies and social media tools to reach stakeholders.
With Pioneers in Justice, the Levi Strauss Foundation extends its legacy of identifying and supporting social leaders all over the world who embody the pioneering spirit of Levi Strauss, forging on his legacy of risk-taking and commitment to social justice.
To follow the Pioneers and learn more about how they are promoting a more just and equitable society, enter the Pioneers in Justice Newsroom.
WHAT MAKES A PIONEER?
The Levi Strauss Foundation supports these next-generation social justice leaders because they embody the unique characteristics of Levi Strauss & Co.’s pioneering spirit. These leaders share some common attributes:
- They work at the frontlines of social change on the social justice issues of our day;
- They take value-based stands, challenging conventions and pushing the limits of what’s possible;
- They explore new ways of leading, collaborating and communicating; and,
- They advance the social justice sector, both locally and nationally.
Learn more about our grantmaking approach to the issues we support.
Below is a list of recent grants the Levi Strauss Foundation has made to organizations from all over the globe.
To learn more about our grantmaking approach, please read the Levi Strauss Foundation Grantmaking Guidelines.
Note: The Levi Strauss Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals.