Michael Kobori is the Vice President of Social and Environmental Sustainability at Levi Strauss & Co. He leads the development of LS&Co.’s environmental vision and strategy, our efforts to collaborate with other brands on sustainability, and extend our standards throughout the supply chain, including mills and sundry suppliers.

Michael has been with LS&Co. for 12 years. From 1995-1999, he was Manager in the Government Affairs Department. From 2001 – 2005, he was Director, Global Code of Conduct, leading the company’s Terms of Engagement program. Michael was appointed to his current position in 2006, where he is responsible for labor standards, health and safety, and environmental sustainability for our suppliers worldwide.

Prior to joining LS&CO., Michael was a Vice-President at Business for Social Responsibility, and also spent ten years at The Asia Foundation, working on human rights and development in Asia.

He has a Masters Degree in Public Policy and a B.A. in Psychology and Asian Studies from the University of California at Berkeley.

Articles by Michael

Levi’s: Squeezing the Water Out of Our Jeans

Doing the right thing is rarely easy. It means asking tough questions, taking bold risks and making important changes. And since our company began 161 years ago, we’ve been committed to doing exactly that—on behalf of our employees, consumers, workers, and the planet.

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Levi’s has shown bold leadership in its drive to become more sustainable

Today, one of the biggest initiatives at Levi Strauss & Co. is sustainability. And if we hadn’t asked ourselves the difficult questions, we never would have landed on and launched our most sustainable, innovative, and influential product offering to date: Levi’s Water<Less.

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