Levis Sustainability Guidebook

CategoryGuidance for suppliers on terms of engagement.
Published by: Levi Strauss & Co.
Target Audience: Suppliers
What will this resource help with?The document helps Levi Strauss & Co. to select business partners and guides these suppliers on the requirements for labour and EH&S standards.

The Global Sourcing and Operating Guidelines (GSOG) are made up of two components:

Country Assessment Guidelines address large, external issues beyond the control of Levi Strauss & Co.’s individual business partners. These help to assess the opportunities and risks of doing business in a particular country where the supplier is based.

The Business Partner Terms of Engagement (TOE) deal with issues that are substantially controllable by individual business partners. For employees and business partners complying with the TOE is no less important than meeting quality standards or delivery times.

The first two chapters of the Guidebook will focus on the second component of GSOG, the Terms of Engagement (TOE). The TOE help to select business partners that follow workplace standards and business practices that are consistent with Levi Strauss’ values. The two chapters consist of labour standards and environment, health and safety guidelines.

These requirements are applicable to every factory, subcontractor, licensee, agent, or affiliate that manufactures or finishes product for Levi Strauss & Co. All business partners are expected to meet the requirements stipulated in the TOE.

Related Impact Areas in Higg Facility Environmental Module:


Part I: Safety Guidelines

  • Chemical Management
  • Occupational Exposure Limits
  • Signs and Labels
  • Maintenance

Part II: Finishing Guidelines

  • Ozone

Part IV: Environmental Guidelines

  • Global Effluent Requirements
  • Domestic Wastewater Requirements
  • Biosolids Management
  • Waste Management
  • Preventing Storm Water Pollution
  • Aboveground/Underground Storage
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