Levi Strauss & Co. Partners With Goodwill® to Make It Easy for Online Shoppers to Donate Clothing This Holiday Season

Goodwill Provides Free Shipping on Boxes of Donated Clothing and
Levi.com and Dockers.com Give $5 to Goodwill for Every
Clothing Donation Shipped

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.), in partnership with Goodwill, today
announced a new program that provides consumers an opportunity to donate
used clothing and shoes by using a shipping label available on the U.S.
ecommerce sites for the Levi’s® and Dockers® brands that is free to
consumers. During the holiday season, LS&Co. will support Goodwill’s
mission of creating jobs by contributing $5 to Goodwill, up to $50,000
(with a guaranteed minimum of $25,000), for every box of donated
clothing shipped. Additionally, on Giving Tuesday (December 1, 2015),
LS&Co. will double its contribution to $10 for every free shipping label
printed (and ultimately shipped) in support of the Global Day of Giving.
This innovative way to donate is supported by a tool called Give
Back Box
and builds upon LS&Co.’s commitment to social and
environmental sustainability.

“LS&Co. is a company guided by a strong tradition of giving back, and
this holiday season we want to give our fans an opportunity to support
their local community when they shop on Levi.com and Dockers.com,” said
Marc Rosen, head of global ecommerce at Levi Strauss & Co. “Our
partnership with Goodwill gives consumers a chance to reuse the boxes
they receive from us, fill them with clothing they no longer need and
support the important work of Goodwill in the process — it’s a win for
online shoppers, the community and the planet.”

To donate, consumers can print a free shipping label available on Levi.com/Goodwill
and Dockers.com/Goodwill,
fill a box , such as those from Levi.com and Dockers.com orders, with
any brand of clean, dry clothing or shoes, affix the label and ship as
usual. Donations will be sent to the nearest participating Goodwill

“Levi Strauss & Co. is a long-standing partner to Goodwill and we’re
pleased to deepen our relationship with an opportunity that will inspire
people to give back as they shop this holiday season and all year
round,” said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries
International. “Donating allows Goodwill to fulfill its mission of
supporting local communities by creating jobs and providing services to
help people build their careers, while keeping textiles and other goods
out of landfills.”

In addition to giving back to the community by supporting Goodwill’s
mission, LS&Co.’s
new program
aims to reduce the clothing, other textiles and shoes
that go to landfills. Goodwill alone diverted more than three billion
pounds of donated goods from the landfills last year.

“Imagine if each of the hundreds of millions of packages shipped this
holiday season also became an opportunity to keep clothing out of
landfill and support jobs for people in the community — the impact would
be remarkable,” said Michael Kobori, vice president of sustainability at
Levi Strauss & Co. “Ultimately, we hope to make recycling clothing as
natural for the consumer as recycling a can or bottle. Making it even
easier to donate to Goodwill will help shift consumer behavior and
extend the life of clothing and other items.”

Expanding clothing and shoe recycling is the latest endeavor in LS&Co.’s
broader sustainability goal of creating an infrastructure that supports a
circular economy by 2020
. In the apparel industry, this refers to
designing products from cradle-to-cradle rather than cradle-to-grave.
For example, all products in the recently launched Levi’s® Wellthread™
Collection were made using 100 percent cotton for easier recyclability.
Recycling clothing by separating fibers and creating new garments
reduces the need for virgin cotton, generating significant water and
other environmental resource savings.

The company has taken great efforts to understand the environmental
impact of its products through two lifecycle
. As a result of these findings, LS&Co. has made strides
in reducing its water usage, saving more than 1
billion liters
of water through its Water<Less™
finishing process
, while also educating consumers about reducing
water and energy consumption through the introduction of the Care
Tag for Our Planet in 2009
, the Field
of Jeans initiative
and the “Are
You Ready to Come Clean” quiz
in 2015. Diverting old garments from
landfills while making it easy for consumers to do their part is the
company’s next step to realizing a more sustainable future through
closed loop products.

*For reference FedEx
and UPS
estimate shipping more than 875 million packages during the 2014 holiday

About Levi Strauss & Co.

Levi Strauss & Co. is one of the world’s largest brand name apparel
companies and a global leader in jeanswear. The company designs and
markets jeans, casual wear and related accessories for men, women and
children under the Levi’s®, Dockers®, Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.TM,
and Denizen® brands. Its products are sold in more than 110 countries
worldwide through a combination of chain retailers, department stores,
online sites, and a global footprint of approximately 2,700 retail
stores and shop-in-shops. Levi Strauss & Co.’s reported fiscal 2014 net
revenues were $4.8 billion. For more information, go to http://levistrauss.com.

About Goodwill Industries International

Goodwill Industries International is a network of 165 community-based
member organizations in the United States and Canada with a presence in
13 other countries. Goodwill is one of America’s top 20 most inspiring
companies (Forbes, 2014). Goodwill organizations are innovative
and sustainable social enterprises that help fund skills development,
job training programs, employment placement services and other
community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items
in more than 3,000 stores and online at shopgoodwill.com®.
Local Goodwill organizations also build revenue and create jobs by
contracting with businesses and government to provide a wide range of
commercial services, including packaging and assembly, food services
preparation, and document imaging and shredding. In 2014, more than
426,000 people in the United States and Canada used Goodwill’s intensive
one-on-one career services to prepare for employment. In addition, more
than 24 million people used computers and mobile devices to access
Goodwill education, training, mentoring and online learning services to
strengthen their skills.

To find a Goodwill location near you, use the online locator at Goodwill.org,
use the Goodwill Locator app at goodwill.org/apps, or call (800)
GOODWILL. Follow us on Twitter: @GoodwillIntl and @GoodwillCapHill, and
find us on Facebook: GoodwillIntl.


Levi Strauss & Co.
Michelle Wright, 415-501-7777
Industries International
Lauren Lawson-Zilai, 240-333-5266