We want to share with you the exciting news that our work was voted number one by the Levi Strauss Foundation and LS&Co. during it’s Community Vote 2014. The competition is putting employees of Levi’s in the position to chose to whom to award a $100,000 grand divided among three LSF community partners.
The foundation supports our work in Haiti and other organizations and community leaders from around the world working in the area of HIV/AIDS prevention and human rights efforts to improving the lives of apparel workers in our supply chain to helping low-income families save for their future.
This year’s Community Vote first-prize winner was Community Enterprise Solutions (CES). Based near the CODEVI industrial park in Haiti, where LS&Co. manufactures products, CES is increasing knowledge of financial topics among workers and the community and provides access to cost-saving tools — such as solar-powered lamps, water filters and clean cook-stoves. Additionally, many workers are receiving incentives and opportunities to save through a factory-sponsored matched savings program.
This innovative project is part of LS&Co.’s Improving Workers Well-Being initiative, and powerfully illustrates how collaborative partnerships between brands, suppliers and local partners can help to improve the lives of the people who make our products. For its first-place finish, CES will receive a $50,000 grant.
We feel honored to be among the organizations nominated and winning the first place! This reinforces that our work is valuable and needed. Together with LSF we will continue to create positive change in Haitian communities. Thank you!