Levi Strauss and Harvard Partner to Develop a Blockchain Factory Safety System

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According to Reuters, Harvard University and Clothing Company Levi Strauss announced a partnership with the New American think tank to develop a blockchain-based factory safety system.

The new system plans to replace the external factory health and safety auditors with a self-reporting infrastructure by the worker.  Director of Harvard T.H. Chan’s Sustainability and Health Initiative for NetPositive Enterprise, Dr. Eileen McNeely stated, “For the last 25 years, work in supply chains has been monitored mainly by audits. A distributed system of inquiry on the blockchain that goes right to the source offers a new solution.”

Three Levi’s factories situated in Mexico employing 5,000 workers will reportedly be the first to utilize the system this year, another pilot is planned for the next year. The system will put a yearly safety survey on a blockchain.

The survey will use an index developed by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Allison Price, the executive director of Blockchain Trust Accelerator at New America, stated that putting the survey result on a blockchain means that “the results will never be manipulated.”

ConsenSys will give the blockchain, the blockchain company founded by Mr. Joseph Lubin one of Ethereum’s original authors. As per Reuters, the development of the system is funded through a grant from the United States State Department.