The Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE) recently released its annual Corporate Information Transparency Index (CITI), which measures transparency and supply chain practices in China.
For the first time, Levi Strauss & Co. has topped both categories of the apparel industry and overall. About the rankings, Chief Sustainability Officer Jeff Hogue said, “With that, it maintains a database that shows what is happening at factories in something close to real-time.”
Actually, it’s the leading voice in China on environmental sustainability in manufacturing. Almost every year they work with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to compose and release the Corporate Information Transparency Index (CITI), he added.
That ranks more than 600 global companies with sourcing in China. CITI ranks them according to how effectively they work with suppliers to cut emissions and waste and how transparent they are about their work.
Chief Sustainability Officer Jeff Hogue also said, “I think it’s a great accomplishment. We’d been 1st in the apparel category in three of the past four years and 2nd in the other year, but this is the first time we’ve been 1st in apparel and overall.”
As the rankings are based on data companies publish and that IPE collects from official sources throughout the year, so it also reflects the work of companies, with their suppliers to address any issues that are identified.
Besides that, being placed at the top of the list shows that their work has met a high standard for performance and transparency.
Jeff Hogue added, these are the same standards that we have for ourselves and that we work to achieve globally throughout our supply chain. It’s not a sign that we can let up on our work to improve supply chain performance and reporting, in China or anywhere else, but it’s a positive indication that we’re moving in the right direction.
Meanwhile, it touches on several of the themes explored in their recently released sustainability report, such as working closely with their suppliers to reach their targets on climate and water.
Also, to improve on wastewater management, and report more thoroughly and transparently on this work.
By ranking the top in the CITI index is something that they can and should build on so that they can be clear internally and externally.
Regard this Jeff Hogue said, “we are continually improving on all our key priority areas for managing an efficient and sustainable supply chain, anywhere in the world.”