people: worker rights
TERMS OF ENGAGEMENT
Our Terms of Engagement, published in 1991, established a comprehensive workplace code of conduct for our manufacturing suppliers 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.
Since publishing our Terms of Engagement, we have been a respected leader in protecting worker rights and helping ensure safe, healthy, humane labor conditions.
As pioneers in the movement 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.
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.
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.
IMPROVING WORKER WELL BEING
We’re now piloting a new approach with factories. Improving Worker Well-being moves beyond compliance to help improve the lives of workers beyond the factory walls.