US: Levi Strauss confirms forest purchasing policy

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Levi Strauss & Co has confirmed to just-style that it does not source items like paper, product packaging and hang-tags from endangered rainforests.

The confirmation comes in response to a campaign by the Rainforest Action Network (RAN), which earlier this month said Levi's revamped forest products purchasing policy showed it would not be doing business with paper and packaging supplier Asia Pulp and Paper (APP).

RAN accuses APP of ongoing involvement in rainforest destruction and human rights abuses in Indonesia.

Levi's forest purchasing policy, published in December 2010, covers all wood and paper products bought by the company. It requires all paper to have at least 30% post-consumer recycled content, with a goal of 100% wherever possible, or certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. The policy applies to all of Levi's locations worldwide.

A Levi's spokesperson told just-style the company has "no supplier relationship with APP today".

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Petah Marian
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

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