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Levi Strauss and IFC to work on sustainable textile factories
International Finance Corporation (IFC), a global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets, is partnering with jeans wear manufacturer Levi Strauss & Co., to develop a global programme to reduce use of water, energy, and chemicals in textiles factories.
The Group stated that the new partnership would build on the experience of IFC’s Bangladesh Partnership for Cleaner Textile (PaCT) programme, which focused on providing advice on implementing cleaner production practices in over 165 textile factories in Bangladesh.
This new initiative will be the first time that the IFC PaCT programme will be implemented outside Bangladesh. PaCT aims to help Levi Strauss in reaching this goal through cleaner production assessments and PaCT Advantage, a web-based diagnostic process, to develop a roadmap for continuous improvement by suppliers.
“We are pleased to be the first IFC partner to pilot its PaCT programme in additional countries. Our goal is to scale the practices globally to achieve greater reductions in water, energy, and chemical use across our supply chain,” Michael Kobori, Vice President – Sustainability, Levi Strauss & Co. said in a statement.
Commenting on the initiative, Mohan Seneviratne, IFC Program Manager for PaCT averred, “The global textiles sector makes strong contributions to the economies of several countries, creates jobs, especially for women, and has pioneered implementing climate-friendly environmentally-sustainable practices. We are delighted that IFC’s PaCT programme is partnering with Levi Strauss & Co, to develop this global environmental-sustainability programme.”