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29 Jan 2007

Maquila Solidarity Network

Levi Strauss drops from first to fifth place in ETAG Report Card after being suspended from ETI for refusing to commit to living wage

In December 2006, the Ethical Trading Action Group (ETAG) published its transparency ranking of 30 major apparel brands and retailers based on the information they provide to the public on their efforts to address labour rights in their global supply chains. Levi Strauss & Co. took first place...Since that time, however, Levi Strauss & Co. has been suspended from the UK-based Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) for refusing to make a commitment to a living wage for the thousands of workers worldwide who manufacture its products...ETAG has reduced Levi's score from 78% to 69%, placing it fifth in the ranking, behind Reebok, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Adidas, and Gap Inc...