More than 25 years ago, Levi Strauss & Co. established itself as the industry standard bearer for responsible supply chain practices by introducing a comprehensive code of conduct. Called the Levi Strauss & Co. Terms of Engagement, it set out to protect the basic needs and rights of workers as well as the environment.  Since its implementation, similar codes have become the industry standard and are employed by most apparel companies.

In 2011, Levi Strauss & Co. began piloting the next phase of its commitment to creating a more sustainable supply chain called the Worker Well-being initiative. Through this new approach, the company partners with its suppliers and local organizations to implement programs focused on financial empowerment, health and family well-being, and equality and acceptance.

How It Works

Worker Well-being takes a unique approach to addressing worker needs that starts with listening to workers. Before implementing any program or intervention, LS&Co.’s suppliers start by surveying factory workers to hear first-hand what they need to be more engaged, healthy and productive employees. Once identified, LS&Co. and its suppliers partner with local and national non-profits and NGOs to implement programs to meet the needs of workers.


The Results
Since piloting in 2011, LS&Co. has expanded Worker Well-being to 12 countries impacting nearly 100,000 workers. The initiative has created proven, sustainable business and social benefits at all levels of the supply chain, including a demonstrated 4:1 return on investment for some programs.

•    By 2020, LS&Co. aims to produce 80% of its product volume in Worker Well-being factories, impacting 200,000 workers
•    By 2025, the company aims to implement Worker Well-being with all strategic suppliers, reaching 300,000 workers

LS&Co. is also making its Worker Well-being tools and resources available publicly.