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    ...Levi Strauss vowed three years ago to end sandblasting:

    At Levi Strauss & Co., we’ve put in place some of the strictest standards and monitoring programs in the industry to ensure that workers who produce our jeans are not subjected to the risks related to silica.

    But we recognize that there are factories – often linked to counterfeit operations – that do not apply these same safeguards. And because they don’t rigorously enforce proper health and safety standards for sandblasting, they put unsuspecting workers at risk.

    This is a serious industry concern. And even though we at Levi Strauss & Co. are confident in our practices, we’ve decided that the best way we can help ensure no worker – in any garment factory – faces this risk is to move to end sandblasting.
    Today, as a sign of our commitment to the health and safety of workers across the apparel industry, Levi Strauss & Co. has teamed up with H&M to announce a global ban on sandblasting in all of our product lines, across all of our brands. We have been working closely with H&M and share an ongoing
    commitment to safeguarding workers. We are proud to stand together to make this important commitment to the health and safety of workers across the apparel industry.

    So what happened to this plan?

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 03:24:04 PM PDT

    •  story doesn't say.... (0+ / 0-)

      Michelle Chen's story in Working In These Times doesn't say that Levi Strauss is guilty of employing these unsafe practices.

      Her story does point out that if only a handful of high-end apparel companies improve worker safety, it doesn't do much for the workers at the lower end.

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