Jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co is to use a web-based supply chain audit solution to help manage its corporate-wide supply chain compliance.

The Entropy Software from certification body BSI Management Systems, will enable senior managers and directors at the apparel maker to identify, manage and assess supply chain compliance with real-time analysis across the business.

Levi Strauss, whose products are sold through more than 55,000 retail outlets worldwide, was one of the first companies to put in place a supplier code of conduct (Terms of Engagement - TOE) covering ethical and environmental standards.

The new software tool will replace the original TOE database with a web-based Audit & Compliance solution, and will also help address the company's increasing requirement for product carbon foot printing analysis.

"In recent years, competitive pressures, globalisation and increasingly discerning customers have led many companies, like Levi Strauss, to rely on an ever-extending global supply chain," said Rob Wallis, managing director of BSI Management Systems in the UK.

He added that specialist software tools can "assist their supply chains to adhere to their compliance objectives, and ensure that risks associated with the supply chain are cost-effectively managed."