Our comprehensive approach to raising awareness in South Africa is making a huge difference in people’s lives.
Health Enables Returns, also known as HERproject, coordinates general and reproductive health training for female factory workers in Pakistan and Egypt.
Giving back is in our jeans. One year after opening his dry goods business, Levi Strauss donated $5 to a local orphanage. We remain guided by this legacy and apply our values of empathy, integrity, originality and courage to all of our community and citizenship efforts. Levi Strauss & Co., in partnership with the Levi Strauss Foundation, is at the leading edge on the critical issues of society. Worker rights, HIV/AIDS, equality, you name it: we put our values into action, push the limits of what’s imaginable and lead by example.
Since publishing our pioneering Terms of Engagement in 1991, Levi Strauss & Co. has been well ahead of the curve on protecting worker rights and ensuring safe, healthy, humane labor conditions. From educating factory workers and management on labor rights and responsibilities, to supporting dispute resolution mechanisms, legal aid and arbitration channels, we help advance the rights and well-being of workers around the world.
What started as a grass-roots effort by Levi Strauss & Co. employees and executives to better educate their colleagues about HIV/AIDS has evolved into a comprehensive corporate response embracing our employees, their families, nonprofit organizations, public policy, our supply chain partner, our communities, and our consumers.
We believe that “later” too often means “never” in the fight for a socially just world. By letting our company voice be heard, we act as a force for change, supporting the movement toward an equitable and just society for all.
Early on, we understood the promise of asset building as a powerful anti-poverty strategy. Through the Levi Strauss Foundation’s Building Assets Program, we help marginalized individuals and families worldwide save their way out of poverty, enabling them to pay for tuition, buy first homes, and build sustainable businesses.
We view engagement — “getting out there” — as an important social responsibility and an essential ingredient in creating sustainable communities. In the spirit of our founder Levi Strauss, our employees have been giving back to our communities for more than 150 years.
Consumers want more than growth in shareholder value from business; they also expect good corporate citizenship. Great brands and businesses are built through a combination of two things: continuously providing superior products and services and earning the trust of consumers, employees and the communities in which they operate. This is the formula for sustained business success.
Robert D. Haas, Chairman Emeritus, Levi Strauss & Co.