Since publishing our Terms of Engagement in 1991, Levi Strauss & Co. has been a respected leader in protecting worker rights and ensuring safe, healthy, humane labor conditions. 

Our TOE established a comprehensive workplace code of conduct for our manufacturing supplies and specifies the requirements by which all of our contract factories must abide. The Terms also set employment standards and specifically address issues of child labor, forced labor, disciplinary practices, working hours, wages and benefits, freedom of association, discrimination, and health and safety.  We’re now piloting a new approach with factories that moves beyond compliance to help improve the lives of workers beyond the factory walls. The new approach, Improving Workers Well-Being, is outlined in this research paper.

As pioneers in the fight for fair employment practices, we firmly believe that workplace standards and worker rights should be an integral part of all bilateral, regional or multilateral trade negotiations. Levi Strauss & Co. publicly advocates for linkage of trade and labor, incorporating key workplace standards and worker rights provisions within the context of trade agreements through congressional testimony, meetings with senior government officials, trade negotiations and multi-stakeholder initiatives. Read more about our commitment to government advocacy.

The Levi Strauss Foundation focuses on funding programs that strengthen worker rights and improve the working and living conditions for the people who make our products. Read more about our commitment in the community.

But the way we care for our workers extends well beyond the factory. We seek to ensure that workers have the training and tools they need to stay healthy outside the workplace, reducing absenteeism and lost wages and increasing productivity. We also support innovative local, regional and global nonprofit organizations that support our established TOE. Read a case study about our support for women apparel workers in developing countries.