Six Lankan companies among Levi's active suppliers
Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&CO.) on October 11 published a list of all
active owned-and-operated and contract factories producing Levi's(r),
Dockers(r) and Levi Strauss Signature(r) branded products.
The Company has provided names and locations of more than 750
factories including its suppliers in Sri Lanka along with other detailed
sourcing information and documents.
Levi's has taken this decision in order to ensure greater
transparency within the supply chain which will provide additional
momentum for its efforts to improve working conditions in apparel
Among the producers of Levi's branded products in Sri Lanka are
Brandix Casual Wear - Seethawaka Industrial Park, Finitex Textile
Finishing - Ratmalana,
Greatways Apparels - Kaluthara, Hidaramani Industries - Kaluthara,
Seethawaka, Imperial Garments - Kadawatha and Rusirumal - Avissawella.
Levi's, senior vice president (Global Sourcing) David Love said in a
news release that the Company's hope is that this level of transparency
will become standard across the apparel sector, fostering greater
collaboration among brands in shared factories.
In 1991, LS&CO. was the first multinational company to enact a global
code of conduct for suppliers. Codes of conduct are now an apparel
sector norm and have significantly contributed to improved conditions
for workers and the decline in issues such as child and forced labour.
Meanwhile, Global Union representing workers in the clothing industry
worldwide hailed the Levi's decision.
General Secretary of the Brussels-based International Textile,
Garment and Leather Workers' Federation (ITGLWF) Neil Kearney, said in a
news release that it is noteworthy that Levi Strauss has come to
recognise that such disclosure will help improve working conditions in
its supply chain.
"When Nike published its list of suppliers in April, we expressed the
hope that others would follow suit. Progress has been slow, but now
appears to be gathering momentum. Other companies in the sector should
now follow the example of Nike and Levi Strauss.
"Companies genuinely concerned about ensuring a clean supply chain
must recognise that sweatshop conditions can only be eliminated if
companies are transparent about how they operate, by providing
information on working conditions as well as making available details of
their suppliers', Kearney said. - (CK)