Our Restricted Substance List sets a standard for how the apparel industry manages the use of chemicals.
Our Global Effluent Requirements established the highest industry wastewater standards across our factories.
Our Social and Environmental Sustainability (SES) Guidebook lets our suppliers know how to meet our high standards.
Our commitment to sustainability goes far beyond regulatory compliance or minimizing the environmental impact of our business practices. We build sustainability into everything we do, so that our profitable growth helps restore the planet.
Levi Strauss & Co has been embarking on a pioneering path to make sustainability an integral part of everything we do to create clothing all over the world. Our inspiration came from our own experience promoting ethical labor standards around the globe. Just as our groundbreaking Terms of Engagement changed the supply chain landscape for our suppliers worldwide, we wanted our environmental sustainability efforts to raise the bar for every company.
Responsibility for sustainability goes far beyond mere regulatory compliance or sound business practices. While we are proud that our environmental policies are some of the most comprehensive in the industry, we aspire to something larger. We have a vision of sustainability that ambitiously aims to restore environmental health to the planet.
Sustainability from cradle to grave
Our vision stems from a deep understanding of the entire product lifecycle of our products — from time our cotton is first planted until the worn-out clothes are placed in a landfill. Our study of the impact of a pair of Levi’s® 501 jeans and Dockers® Original Khakis provides the touchstone for our sustainability practices in the years ahead. Understanding our own impact has allowed us to focus on two key phases — cotton and consumer use — and reduce the impact in four areas critical to apparel manufacturing: energy, water, chemicals and materials.
Making sustainability a global responsibility
The next level of responsibility for sustainability isn’t easy. It requires a long-term plan with measurable, targeted milestones, honest self- and third-party assessment, thoughtful product development and innovative public policy. We’re working with partners and competitors to develop the next generation of global standards and goals. Our leadership involvement with organizations like the Better Cotton Initiative and Business for Social Responsibility allows us to share ideas and affect critical change while learning from our peers. View a list of all of our partnerships.
We are committed to achieving carbon neutrality and moving to the use of 100% renewable energy in our operations and our supply chain.
We are decreasing water usage and improving water quality in significant, measurable ways.
We are minimizing the environmental impact from chemicals used in all stages of our product lifecycle.
We are committed to becoming a zero-waste company offering consumers more sustainable products.
From the way we make our products to how we run the company, we're committed to restoring the environment. Consumers expect this from us, employees demand it, and the planet requires it.
Chip Bergh, President and CEO, Levi Strauss & Co.