Levi Strauss & Co, a privately held American clothing company, Harvard University –Public Health Graduate School, and New America, a non-partisan think tank in the US, in a recent press release statement on Thursday, Jan. 24th 2019, announced their collaboration to develop a blockchain-optimized factory safety system.
The proposed new system in an attempt to establish a self-reporting safety infrastructure by the workers will be replacing external factory health and safety auditing. According to Dr. Eileen McNeely, Director of Harvard T.H. Chan’s Sustainability and Health Initiative for NetPositive Enterprise, over the past 25 years, supply chain monitoring is being solely done by auditing. With a blockchain distributed system of inquiry that forwards all inquiries right to the source, comes a new solution.
Levi Strauss’s 3 Mexican facilities with a joint workforce of 5,000 employees will be the first to use the proposed system this year, with another pilot planned for the following year. The proposed system will eventually put an annual safety survey – which uses an index developed by the Harvard Public Health Graduate School – on a blockchain system. According to Allison Price, Executive Director of Blockchain Trust Accelerator at New America, putting the survey result on a blockchain ensures transparency, as the results will never be manipulated.
The proposed system will use blockchain provided by ConsenSys, a blockchain software technology company based in Brooklyn, New York. The funding for development of the proposed system will be done by the United States State Department.