Worker Health and Well-being in the Supply Chain

We translate complex, rigorous science into tools that guide companies to better protect human health throughout their entire supply chain. To this end, Levi Strauss Foundation and Levi Strauss & Co. asked our Sustainability and Health Initiative for NetPositive Enterprise (SHINE) to develop core metrics to measure, motivate, and manifest worker well-being in their supply chain operations.

The goal was to provide tools to evaluate the impact of their worker well-being programs and to connect the dots between worker well-being and business performance.  

We launched the initial phase in 2015 with Levi Strauss & Co, when SHINE adapted the Worker Well-being Survey to supply chains and the cultural context of the countries where it would be launched.  After this initial phase, SHINE began a project with Levi Strauss & Co. and Target Corp. to apply this tool and determine a more robust approach to enhance the sustainability of supply chains and, specifically, to measure and implement best practices for the health and well-being of workers in supply chains.  As part of this project, we are standardizing the format and practice of measuring and reporting worker well-being.  This is a unique business–academic–NGO partnership that provides big data for insight into and linkages between worker welfare, population health, and economic success. 


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