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    An apparel-industry standard bearer pushes its suppliers to do more for garment workers.

    The inventor of blue jeans launched the industry’s compliance movement 26 years ago, to set standards for how garment workers should be treated. Now it’s pushing apparel makers to do more than just monitor factories to help the people who work there. That means engaging vendors (rather than just policing them) in a project that Levi’s broadly calls Improving Worker Well-Being. The company is agnostic as to what form that takes—be it supervisor training or a factory cooling system—so long as it meets workers’ needs. Suppliers are rewarded with less absenteeism and more productive workers, and Levi’s gets better partners. The company has already reached 42 of its own vendors (that’s 140,000 workers) and inspired Target to follow suit.

    Company Information

    Impact Segment
    Economic Opportunity/Financial Inclusion
    Sector
    Industrials
    Industry
    Apparel
    CEO
    Charles Bergh
    Websitehttp://www.levistrauss.com
    Employees13,200
    Company Type
    Private
    Revenues ($M) (Last Fiscal Year)$4,553
    Profits ($M) (Last Fiscal Year)$291
    Market Value ($M)-