Levi Strauss Asia Pacific Division donates US$30,000; employees volunteer at 10 nonprofits throughout the region
Submitted by Levi Strauss & Co.
SINGAPORE - May 21, 2009 - This month, Levi Strauss and Co.'s (LS&CO.) employees across its Asia Pacific division will take a day off to "trade in" their computers for brooms, paint brushes and gardening gloves, to volunteer with a nonprofit organization in their country. Employees will be involved in activities including beach cleaning, gardening, wall painting, and blood donation at 10 nonprofit organizations that focus on health issues, education, the environment, the economically disadvantaged, and the physically challenged. LS&CO. will also award cash grants totaling US$30,000 to the nonprofits.
For the first time, LS&CO.'s Asia Pacific division has designated May as "Community Month". Throughout the month, employees in different offices across the region will take a day away from the office to do volunteer work at local nonprofit organizations. As part of this "Community Month" initiative, each nonprofit organization where LS&CO. Employees volunteer will also receive a cash grant to help support the work they do.
"Levi Strauss and Co. has been committed to supporting the community for more than 156 years. We recognize that these are challenging times and many nonprofit organizations are grappling with the economic impact," said Aaron Boey, president of Levi Strauss Asia Pacific Division, Singapore. "Tough economic times underscore the importance of our community outreach. It is heartening to see many of our employees committing their personal time and money to make a difference in the community."
Employees of LS&CO. in the United States and Europe have also organized community programs in support of various nonprofits. The Levi Strauss Foundation will match these efforts and award cash grants totaling US$300,000 globally to those organizations to support the critical community services they provide.
Since the inception of "Community Day" nine years ago, the Foundation has given more than US$1.64 million to nonprofits.
About Levi Strauss & Co.
Levi Strauss & Co. is one of the world's largest branded apparel companies and the global leader in jeanswear, marketing its products in more than 110 countries worldwide. The company designs and markets jeans, casual wear and related accessories for men, women and children under the Levi's(R), Dockers(R) San Francisco and Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.(TM) brands. Levi Strauss & Co. reported fiscal 2008 net revenues of $4.4 billion. The company's Asia Pacific Division was established in 1995 in Singapore. It comprises local subsidiary businesses, licensees and distributors selling its products in 39 countries in Asia Pacific and Southern Africa. For more information, go to http://levistrauss.com.
Community Volunteerism at Levi Strauss & Co.
Employee community involvement is an important part of Levi Strauss & Co.'s culture and history. Levi Strauss was a businessman and philanthropist who was deeply involved in his community. His work and commitment have been carried forward by Levi Strauss & Co. and the Levi Strauss Foundation for more than 156 years. Through matching-gift programs, company-supported group and individual volunteering programs, paid time off to volunteer and other initiatives, the company and the Levi Strauss Foundation offer employees and retirees a variety of ways to make a difference in their local communities. Employees in 43 countries will take a day away from work in the month of May to assist local community organizations and the company's foundation will recognize the efforts with cash grants. In 2008, employees in 43 countries volunteered on 167 projects and the foundation made nearly US$300,000 in grants to recognize employees' donations of time and talent. This year, the Foundation estimates it will make US$7.5 million in grants, globally.
|Shanghai Volunteers’ Association (China)
|Cleaning up public places in Shanghai city.
|Japan Environmental Action Network (Japan)
|Cleaning up public beaches.
|Sun Raising Shelter (South Korea)
|Repair works, painting and gardening, spending a day with the shelter’s residents.
|Society for the Physically Disabled (Singapore)
|Painting, installing wall murals, playing games with members from the society.
|Taipei Blood Center (Taiwan)
|Donating blood to patients supported by the Centre.
|Youth and Education
|JAAGO Foundation (Bangladesh)
|Spending a day, playing games with underprivileged children from various schools under the JAAGO Foundation.
|Yayasan Ibu Kembar (Indonesia)
|Collection of old books for donation to Yayasan Inu Kembar, building of book racks for donated books.
|Leliebloem Home (Cape Town, South Africa)
|Spending a day, playing games with children from the Home
|Little Lambs Children’s Home (Epping, South Africa)
|Repair works within the Home’s facilities; spending a day with the children.
|JHB Hospital "“ Cancer ward (Johannesburg, South Africa)
|Spending a meaningful day with children from the cancer ward of the JHB Hospital.
|Total Cash Grants Donated:
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