Levis Strauss gives HopeA history of hope

Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&CO.) has a long history of commitment to equality and social justice. LS&CO. has been a pioneer in issues of particular concern to the LGBTQ community. From progressive employment policies and practices to marketing campaigns and partnerships to funding HIV-prevention and social-justice organizations through the Levi Strauss Foundation, LS&CO. leads by example through actions rather than words.

History of hope timeline

Early 1980s First major corporate foundation to fund HIV/AIDS organizations (then GRID – Gay-related Immune Deficiency). Co-founder of Business Coalition on AIDS

1992 First Fortune 500 company to provide domestic partnership health benefits

2003 Nondiscrimination/non-harassment policies expanded to include gender identity

2007 LS&CO. is only company in California to file an amicus brief with the CA Supreme Court supporting same-sex marriage

2008 Proudly co-chairs the No on Prop. 8 Business Council

LS&CO. Continuously

Co-chairs the Human Rights Commission Business Coalition, lobbying for all-inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act and the passage of Domestic Partnership Tax Equity Act

Creates gay-themed television advertising and marketing campaigns (nominated for 2008 GLAAD media award)

Scores consistently a perfect 100% on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index (CEI)

Employs numerous openly gay men and women in senior leadership positions and across global organization

Supports Hetrick-Martin Institute: home of the Harvey Milk High School

Levi Strauss Foundation

The Levi Strauss Foundation funds organizations that address the stigma and discrimination associated with actual or perceived HIV status including homophobia.

Among other nonprofit organizations supporting the LGBTQ community, the foundation has provided multi-year support for organizations such as:

The Hetrick-Martin Institute
Lambda Legal
Centers for HIV Law/Policy
Human Rights Watch
International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues