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At Wedge, we have gathered and analyzed the following information on Levi's to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of its sustainability efforts.


Levi Strauss & Co. is making significant strides in its sustainability efforts, with a strong focus on reducing carbon emissions, increasing the use of renewable energy, and promoting fair labor practices. The company is also committed to using sustainable materials and managing waste effectively. While there is always room for improvement, Levi's is clearly committed to its sustainability goals and is making progress in its efforts to reduce its environmental impact.

Carbon Emissions:  

Levi Strauss & Co. has a comprehensive approach to managing its carbon emissions. In 2021, the company reported the following emissions:

  • Scope 1 Emissions: 10,703 metric tons of CO2 equivalent (mtCO2e)

  • Scope 2 Emissions: 6,253 mtCO2e

  • Scope 3 Emissions: 3,903,171 mtCO2e

  • Total Emissions (Scopes 1, 2, 3): 3,920,127 mtCO2e

The company's greenhouse gas emissions intensity, which measures emissions in relation to its revenue, was 2.9 mtCO2e per $1 million of net revenue for Scopes 1 and 2. This indicates a commitment to reducing its carbon footprint while maintaining economic growth.

Labor Practices: The company lacks a public commitment to ethical labor practices and an action plan to ensure that workers are paid a living wage. The company's efforts in this area could be improved, as it currently has a living wage paid rating of 1/5.

For more details, visit the brand's Fashion Checker page.

Renewable Energy Sources: Levi Strauss & Co. is actively working to reduce its energy consumption and increase its use of renewable energy sources. In 2021, the company reported the following energy usage:

  • Total Electricity Consumption in all Company-Operated Facilities: 104,663 MWh

  • Renewable Electricity Consumption in Company-Operated Facilities: 88,706 MWh, representing 85% of total electricity consumption

  • Total Energy Consumption: 154,960 MWh

These figures demonstrate the company's commitment to renewable energy and its efforts to reduce its overall energy consumption.

Transparency: Levi's Fashion Transparency Index score is 49.4- not much better than last year. The index assesses brands' transparency regarding their social and environmental policies. For more information, visit the Fashion Revolution website.

Sustainable Materials:

Levi Strauss & Co. is committed to using sustainable materials in its products. In 2021, the company reported the following usage of sustainable materials:

  • Cotton that was organic, recycled, or Better Cotton: 95% of all cotton

  • Manmade cellulosic fibers sourced from Canopy Green Shirt-rated suppliers: 100% of all manmade cellulosic fibers

  • Down sourced from Responsible Down Standard certified suppliers: 100% of all down

  • Leather sourced from Leather Working Group (LWG)-rated suppliers: >35% of all leather

  • Recycled polyester: 8% of all polyester

The company defines “more sustainable” materials as those that have achieved third-party certification or verification. It is also exploring alternative natural fibers that may have a lower environmental impact than cotton.

Animal Welfare:

Levi Strauss & Co. has a comprehensive Animal Welfare Policy, updated in 2021, which aims to ensure that wherever materials derived from animals are used in the production of its products, their health and welfare is protected. The company prohibits the use of animal-derived products and materials from any endangered species as identified by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.

The company has a number of policies in place to promote animal welfare, including:

  • A ban on fur: LS&Co. does not use fur in any of its products.

  • A commitment to responsible down sourcing: LS&Co. only sources down from suppliers that meet its strict animal welfare standards.

  • A commitment to responsible leather sourcing: LS&Co. only sources leather from suppliers that meet its strict animal welfare standards.

  • A commitment to responsible wool sourcing: LS&Co. only sources wool from suppliers that meet its strict animal welfare standards.

LS&Co. also works with a number of animal welfare organizations to promote animal welfare throughout the supply chain. These organizations include:

  • The Fur Free Alliance

  • The Responsible Down Standard

  • The Leather Working Group

  • The Responsible Wool Standard

Overall, LS&Co. has a number of animal welfare policies in place. However, the company has been criticized for not doing enough to ensure that animals are treated humanely throughout the supply chain. LS&Co. has responded to these criticisms by saying that it is committed to continuous improvement in its animal welfare policies.