Levi Strauss

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Ethics of employment & production at the famous jeans company. Service at a model. Lessons learned.

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Levi Strauss

  1. 1. <ul><li>Social responsibility by honoring human rights. </li></ul><ul><li>Second chance at a more values limited management approach. </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>Expensive labor plans and decreased efficiency in production </li></ul><ul><li>Lower production costs lost; all capacity costs are higher now. </li></ul>
  3. 3. They should have an office to help former or severed employees find new jobs in the community. They should maintain personnel files on all employees.
  4. 6. <ul><li>If sweatshops are confirmed as abusive and unfair by international law, or the law of the land, then customers should avoid purchasing goods from overseas. </li></ul>
  5. 7. <ul><li>Workers will judge Strauss as fair and practical if they consider the bankruptcy they would have faced otherwise. The judge is the bottom line of profitable sales in their markets in the United States. </li></ul>Closing of North American Plants
  6. 8. <ul><li>Leaders at Levi-Strauss cannot be accountable morally by the Goldern Rule standard. What’s good for the company is good for us Kant would have said. But the overriding principles remain violated despite this effort. </li></ul>
  7. 9. <ul><li>Not be in violation of human rights of their workers, their affiliates, & their contractors. </li></ul><ul><li>Assume moral responsibility for those individuals inside their business circles or realms. </li></ul>
  8. 10. <ul><li>Take responsibility by observing the golden rule when one can. </li></ul><ul><li>Kant’s categorical imperative has stood the test of time over 100s of years. One single overriding philosophy of ethics and human rights. </li></ul><ul><li>Mill’s utilitarianism does not stand up enough for human rights, but Strauss used it in their business practices. </li></ul>

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