Case in point 11 - Res
ponsible business practices: product sourcing & sustainability at Levi Strauss and Co. Chemicals
Partnerships with the Better Cotton Initiative, Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), the Apparel and Footwear International RSL Management (AFIRM) working group, and the Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP) enable LS & Co. to share and obtain best practices in sustainability
LS&Co. is minimising the environmental impact from chemicals used in all the stages of its product lifecycle. While it may not be able to eliminate the use of chemicals in the foreseeable future, it is committed to minimising their environmental impact.
The company focuses on the responsible use of chemicals in product design, development, manufacturing, and distribution processes.
It established a Restricted Substance List (RSL) identifying the chemicals that will not be allowed to be used in products or in the production process due to their potential impact on consumers, workers, and the environment.
LS&Co. is working to phase out five chemicals potentially used in its production cycle, including PVC, which carry a higher environmental impact.
It supports its chemical policies with strong training, auditing, and testing, ensuring that they are applied consistently across the supply chain. By co-founding the Apparel and Footwear International RSL Management (AFIRM) group, Levi’s furthered its commitment to reducing the use and impact of harmful substances throughout the industry
Energy efficiency and climate change
LS&Co. is committed to achieving carbon neutrality and moving to the use of 100 percent renewable energy in its operations and supply chain. The company has mandated that all owned and operated locations globally (e.g. retail locations, offices, distribution centers, manufacturing locations, etc.) reduce their energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by 11 percent by 2011, from 2007 levels. In early 2009, the company announced that it had already reduced energy levels by two percent and is well on its way to achieving its target. This includes an up to 10 percent decrease in energy consumption in facilities and retail stores. In addition, LS&Co. is making strides in reducing its climate change impact within its supply chain. In one of its key transportation routes, LS&Co. achieved a 47 percent decrease in greenhouse gas emissions from reduced fuel.