Levi’s, Consensys and Harvard to Blockchainize Workers’ Welfare

Levi’s, Consensys and Harvard to Blockchainize Workers’ Welfare

The United States’ think tank New America announced a new joint venture with Harvard University, Levi Strauss and Consensys to build a blockchain powered system that will improve health and well-being of factory orders, according to a press release published by the organisation.

The participants signed a two-year collaboration that will develop a blockchain worker well-being system “based on Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Sustainability and Health Initiative for NetPositive Enterprise (SHINE) Health and Well-being Index, and promote it as a universal benchmark to assess workforce well-being and the conditions that elevate it across industries.”

The platform will track factory conditions and individual health. Havard’s SHINE has been working with Levi Strauss since 2015, and after 9,000 workers providing information, the venture will now develop “a scalable and long-term mechanism to anonymously and securely track and measure worker well-being with an immutable and digitally authenticated blockchain solution,” the press release says.

The blockchain-powered survey will begin with its implementation in three Levi’s factories in Mexico where 5,000 employees work.

Quoted by the official note, Dr Eileen McNeely, Director of SHINE at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health acknowledges that the audits system in supply chains are not as capable as the industry would want. However, “a distributed system of inquiry on the blockchain that goes right to the source [workers] offers a new solution.”

“Most supply chain blockchain use cases are for material tracking, so leveraging this new technology for the evaluation of the human condition is an exciting innovation with broad potential for positive impact on worker well-being worldwide,” Dr McNeely said.

New America got the grant in 2018 from the US State Department with the objective of piloting a team to develop a blockchain powered solution for a social innovation challenge.

Through its Blockchain Trust Accelerator, the think tank is now sub-granting Consensys and SHINE, a Harvard T.H. Chan School Of Public Health initiative. They will use Levi’s factory for the project.

The accelerator was established in 2016, and it aims to use blockchain technology to solve social impact and governance challenges. The BTA forms teams of “governments, technologists, civil society organisations, and philanthropists to build Blockchain pilots that benefit society.”

Tomicah Tillemann, founder of the Blockchain Trust Accelerator at New America, affirms that the Blockchain technology offers new ways and innovative solutions to better measure and track critical social challenges.

“Providing a secure, standardised, auditable, and transparent platform through which worker survey data can be aggregated and analysed will be possible with this solution,” said Tillemann. “Blockchain technology offers an innovative way to better measure and track the health and well-being of factory workers.”

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