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No Levi’s in Russia

Company to suspend commercial operations.

8th March 2022

Innovation in Textiles
 |  San Francisco

Clothing/​Footwear

In response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, Levi Strauss is donating more than $300,000 to non-profit organisations providing aid to those impacted by the ongoing conflict.

The company and the Levi Strauss Foundation are giving $200,000 to the International Rescue Committee, which is helping to support individuals and families displaced by the conflict, while the company’s Beyond Yoga brand is giving $100,000 to CARE, which is responding to the immediate needs of the people of Ukraine.

In addition, the company is offering employees a two-to-one match up to $200,000 for donations to a slate of organisations committed to ensuring that the most vulnerable communities get the support they need, including several that are ensuring discrimination doesn’t occur at border crossings. Levi Strauss and its licensee partners are also working to donate jackets, backpacks and warm clothing to people who have been displaced from their homes.

Given the enormous disruption occurring in the region, which makes normal business untenable, the company is temporarily suspending commercial operations in Russia, including any new investments. It is committed to supporting its employees, partners and their families affected by this decision in the months ahead.

In 2021, approximately 4% of total Levi Strauss net revenues were derived from Eastern Europe, half of which was related to Russia, but any business considerations are clearly secondary to the human suffering experienced by so many, the company says.

www.levistrauss.com

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