Levi Strauss & Co has committed three million dollars to help Covid-19
relief efforts, with the funds focusing primarily on employees, community
partners and supply chain workers.
As part of the initiative, the company is working with partner
organisations in a number of sourcing countries to provide a series or
grants focused on public health support and food security for factory
Garment workers in Bangladesh, the world’s second largest garment
exporter behind China, .
According to the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association
(BGMEA), over three billion dollars worth of orders
have been cancelled or put on hold by fashion brands since the outbreak,
with many workers going unpaid.
Levi Strauss & Co is donating medical-grade masks – almost 10,000
so far – to hospitals around the world and is “exploring what’s possible
from both a manufacturing and innovation perspective” in terms of providing
more personal protective equipment (PPE).
The company has also launched a 3:1 Employee Giving Campaign that has so
far raised more than 160,000 dollars to support organisations fighting the pandemic.
“This is just the beginning, and we will keep you updated as our company
response develops. I know we are asking a great deal of all of you, and as
always, you are rising to the challenge – demonstrating your flexibility
and commitment to our brands and consumers,” Levi Strauss & Co CEO Chip
Bergh wrote in a letter to company employees. “Your response during this
time continually renews my optimism that we will successfully navigate this
crisis, as we have so many others in our 167-year history.”
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