Levi Strauss to tackle supply chain carbon emissions

Fashion brand Levi Strauss has announced plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions in its supply chain by 40% by 2025. This is part of a package that includes a 90% cut in greenhouse gas emissions in all of its owned and operated facilities.

President and chief executive officer Chip Bergh said: “We believe that business has the opportunity and the responsibility to be a force for positive change in the world.

“We are proud to be one of the first companies to set science-based targets for our global supply chain, and we hope to be an inspiration for others to follow.”

According to the company, The supply chain target would in a large part the achieved by working with key suppliers to expand the International Finance Corporation’s Partnership for Cleaner Textiles (IFC PaCT) globally.

Levi Strauss’s plan includes using 100% renewable energy in the companies owned facilities. However the company points to the supply chain as being the biggest greenhouse gas emitter, which is also the most difficult part of the company to reduce GHG emissions.

“Levi Strauss & Co has set an ambitious science-based target aligned with the Paris Agreement for its operations and value chain, which will help bring energy efficiency and renewable energy to its suppliers in developing markets,” said Cynthia Cummis, director of private sector climate mitigation at the World Resources Institute, one of the science based targets initiative partners. “The company’s targets represent the kind of forward-thinking innovation that the fashion industry needs, and are a model for business success in a low-carbon world.”