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October 3, 2022

Levi Strauss eyes net zero emissions by 2050 under new sustainability goals

Levi Strauss has vowed to achieve net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases by no later than 2050 under a new set of sustainability goals.

By Hannah Abdulla

Levi Strauss & Co. made the commitment as part of its newly published 2021 Sustainability report.

The 16 goals – several new while others pre-existing – cover focus areas including greenhouse gas emissions, water stewardship, circular economy and new business models, worker well-being in the supply chain, diversity, equity and inclusion and social issue advocacy.

“These goals are crucial to the future of our business,” says Chip Bergh, chief executive officer and president of Levi Strauss & Co. “By doubling down on sustainability and ESG reporting at Levi Strauss & Co, we are creating a more resilient business while also signalling to our full range of stakeholders, including our consumers, that we are committed to being transparent about our progress on ESG matters and working to create the scale necessary to address the most pressing challenges of our time.”

Levi Strauss says taken together, the goals are a clear expression of the company’s guiding philosophy of profits through principles. They also signal the company’s commitment to working in partnership with others throughout its value chain, its intent to accelerate the development of circular products and the broader circular economy ecosystem, and its determination to enhance a longstanding company value of treating all people with dignity and respect. 

Jeffrey Hogue, chief sustainability officer at LS&Co, adds: “Our new goals signal a step change in our sustainability ambitions and our intent to increase open collaboration in the industry. We intend to leverage the strength of our brands and our longstanding company values to inspire our employees, communities and value chain partners to join our journey to create a more inclusive and regenerative apparel industry.”

At the end of last year, Levi Strauss collaborated with Fashion for Good and Stony Creek Colors to pilot the use of plant-based pre-reduced indigo at scale as part of an effort to reduce the number of potentially harmful chemicals in the denim supply chain.

Levi Strauss’ 16 sustainability goals

  • 40% absolute reduction in supply chain greenhouse gas emissions by 2025
  • 90% absolute reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and 100% renewable electricity in all company operated facilities by 2025
  • Net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases by no later than 2050
  • Reduce freshwater use in manufacturing by 50% in areas of high water stress by 2025
  • Continue to assess and identify material impacts and dependencies on nature across the value chain, in order to implement comprehensive biodiversity action strategy by 2025

Consumption

  • Key markets to introduce or increase resale and upcycling initiatives to extend the life of its products by 2025
  • Circular ready in 2026
  • Zero-waste-to-landfill from LS&Co. company-operated facilities and 50% waste diversion across strategic suppliers by 2030
  • Eliminate single-use plastics in consumer-facing packaging by shifting to 100% reusable, recyclable or home compostable plastics by 2030
  • Strategic garment wet finishing manufacturing and fabric mills use 100% certified screened chemistry by 2026
  • Use only third-party preferred or certified more sustainable primary materials by 2030

Community 

  • Continually improve apparel worker health, satisfaction and engagement
  • Ensure competitiveness and equity in total rewards
  • Ensure that LS&Co. remains a dynamic and inclusive career destination
  • Leverage the leadership of the Levi Strauss Foundation and invest in its communities to advance pioneering social change
  • Drive societal impact in communities where LS&Co. operates through advocacy, grantmaking, employee giving and volunteerism

Click here to view the full report.

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