Levi Strauss

Dockers
California
Consumer Durables and Apparel

Corporate Bias Rating

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High Risk

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In 2022, Levi Strauss notably forced out a high-ranking executive from the company for her personal opposition to closing down schools during COVID-19. Levi Strauss scored a 100 out of 100 on the 2023-2024 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a political stakeholder group. By complying with the HRC’s controversial demands, Levi Strauss increases the risk of dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. It also uses sex and gender ideology criteria in employee recruitment, vendor selection, marketing, and philanthropic support. Levi Strauss forces employees to undergo multiple ideological trainings and uses its reputation, corporate funds, and political influence to support controversial sex and gender ideologies, organizations, and legislation. Levi Strauss provides a benefits package for employees which covers travel/lodging costs for an abortion and transgender medical procedures for covered employees and dependents, including children. Levi Strauss hosts voluntary "unconscious bias" training for all employees and supports the Equality Act. The company opposed various state and local legislation intended to protect parental rights, girls’ sports, bathroom facilities, and gendered spaces. Levi Strauss opposed legislation in Iowa intended to protect parental rights, girls’ sports, bathroom facilities, and gendered spaces. The company opposed the Florida Parental Rights in Education Act, which would prohibit teaching gender identity and sexual orientation to kids in K-3rd grade. CEO Charles "Chip" Bergh wrote a letter in support of more restrictive gun control efforts and is a signatory to CEOs For Gun Safety. Bergh has also criticized state-level election security laws, particularly in Texas and Georgia, calling them "racist". Levi Strauss advocates for immigration reform. The company created a gender-free collection in 2022 in support of LGBTQ causes and is a Ceres Network Member, committed to net zero carbon emissions by 2040. Levi Strauss has also publicized its support of a letter condemning the Department of Health "threatening to narrow the definition of gender" and of the Adams Amicus Brief. The company is a member of the “Don’t Ban Equality” business coalition, which advocates against any abortion restrictions because they are “bad for business”. Levi Strauss President & CEO, Chip Bergh, denounced various states’ legislative efforts to protect election integrity and security. The company signed an amicus brief in opposition to the 2016 North Carolina bathroom bill HB2, which required people to use the bathroom of their biological sex. Levi Strauss’ former CEO, Chip Bergh, signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge, which includes a commitment to promote DEI through bias education training in the workplace. The company stated, "Business leaders are responsible for protecting the health and well-being of our employees, and that includes protecting reproductive rights and abortion access".  Levi Strauss has donated to Planned Parenthood. The company has pledged $37 million to the Black Lives Matter movement and related causes, including the ACLU. For these reasons, Levi Strauss receives a High Risk rating.

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