In your editor’s note, you accused Levi Strauss & Co. of advocating against raising the minimum wage in the country of Haiti in such a way that we “kept our own hands clean.”
We want to be clear: Levi Strauss & Co. did not lobby the Haitian government against raising the minimum wage—nor did we ask anyone to do so on our behalf. To the contrary, our long-term record demonstrates our commitment to workers in Haiti: establishing the only collective bargaining agreement in the country and contributing almost a million dollars to workers and the community.
Further, the management of our apparel contractor has assured us that it did not lobby against raising the minimum wage in Haiti. We respectfully ask that you share any specific information you have supporting your claim against this contractor.
Senior Vice President & Chief Supply Chain Officer, Levi Strauss & Co.
Jun 8 2011 - 4:37pm