Michael Kobori is Vice-President of Sustainability at Levi Strauss & Co. He has led the function since 2001. Under his tenure, the company has been a pioneer, reducing the environmental impact of its products through its Levi’s® Waste<Less™ and Water<Less™ collections, Dockers’® WellThread collection, Care for Our Planet program, and leadership on the Better Cotton Initiative. In addition, the company has gone beyond labor compliance by publicly disclosing its manufacturing supplier locations, leading the industry in banning sandblasting, and partnering with NGOs and key suppliers to support programs that improve workers’ lives.
Prior to joining Levi Strauss & Co., Michael served as Vice President at BSR and before that spent nearly a decade at The Asia Foundation, supporting human rights and economic development in Bangladesh, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Michael is a lecturer on sustainability at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for Responsible Business at the Haas School and is on the Global Advisory Council of the Cornerstone Capital Group. He is past Chairman of the Better Cotton Initiative and served on the ILO Better Work program advisory committee and the Board of the Levi Strauss Foundation.