BackgroundLevi Strauss & Co's global giving programme is carried out through the Levi Strauss Foundation, and the Levi Strauss & Co. corporate giving programme. The foundation was established to enhance the corporate giving programme, supporting non-profit organisations that address key issues in society and the community. The foundation funds programmes in nearly 40 countries around the world where Levi Strauss & Co. has a business presence.
MissionTo advance the human rights and well-being of underserved people touched by the Levi Strauss business by taking risks, supporting innovative community partnerships, and promoting the practice of good corporate citizenship.
Geographic focus40 countries worldwide, including China, Egypt, Guatemala, India, and Pakistan
Programme areasThe Levi Strauss Foundation is focused on making a difference on three issues, all of which are rooted in the values of Levi Strauss & Co.:
• Asset building
• Workers rights
Works to protect the human rights of people living with HIV/AIDS and create a supportive, enabling environment to ensure services are available and acceptable without stigma and discrimination. Priority areas include:
- Addressing stigma and discrimination in laws, policies and social settings
- Building advocacy capacity of HIV/AIDS organizations and vulnerable groups
- Providing direct services (prevention, testing, treatment, care) for apparel workers
Works to strengthen the global asset building field by funding organisations that are:
- Driving asset building programme innovations to scale and sustainability
- Advancing asset-based policy to promote savings and protect assets among low-income working people
- Influencing the asset building field to pay greater attention to disparities on the basis of race, ethnicity and immigration
- Supporting emerging international asset building networks; and
- Supporting financial literacy and access to financial products for apparel and textile workers and fair trade producers.
Aims to build the capacity of local organizations and governments to improve living and working conditions, with special attention paid to women. Priorities include:
- Educating workers and factory management on labor rights and responsibilities
- Improving the health of workers (including hygiene, reproductive health and HIV/AIDS)
- Providing asset building opportunities for workers
- Supporting factory-level dispute resolution mechanisms, legal aid and arbitration channels to enhance oversight of labor laws