Harvard Chan program seeks to improve worker well-being

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Photo courtesy of Levi Strauss & Co.

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Levi Strauss & Co. has recognized the Harvard Chan SHINE program (Sustainability and Health Initiative for Netpositive Enterprise) for its role in advancing the health and well-being of the people who make Levi Strauss clothing around the world.

The program, founded and led by Eileen McNeely, Instructor in the Department of Environmental Health, has been conducting worker well-being research in Levi Strauss supplier factories around the globe.  By working with SHINE, Levi Strauss has been able to identify areas for improvement in working conditions.  More than 13,000 apparel workers, mostly women, working in factories across Cambodia, China, Mexico, Poland, and Sri Lanka, have been positively impacted by this research.

Through this multi-year study, SHINE’s research has found that by actively cultivating trust, respect and fairness, supplier factories have improved gender equality, well-being and productivity.  Levi Strauss aims to leverage these findings to continue strengthening factory policies and systems — and to continue worker empowerment programs — in order to continue improving the well-being of the workers the company relies on to manufacture its products.