Authors: Katz, Jane P.; Paine, Lynn S.
Source: Harvard Business School Publishing
Company Name: Levi Strauss & Company
Number of pages: 29, 8
In 1993, senior managers at Levi Strauss & Co., the world's largest brand-name apparel manufacturer, were deciding whether the company should have a business presence in China, given the human rights and other problems there. The China Policy Group has been asked to use the company's "principled reasoning approach" to make a recommendation based on the company's ethical values and newly-adopted global sourcing guidelines. Teaching Purpose: Intended to develop decision-making skills. Allows for discussion of the concept of human rights and of company responsibilities for the activities of suppliers operating in different economic, cultural, and legal environments.