Levi Strauss & Co. announced it has joined the United Nations (UN) Global Compact. In a letter to UN secretary-general Kofi Annan, LS&CO. chief executive officer Phil Marineau pledged the companyâ€™s support for the Global Compactâ€™s 10 principles in the areas of human rights, labor rights, protection of the environment and anti-corruption. â€œOur participation in the Global Compact is a natural extension of the corporate citizenship work we have been committed to for decades,â€ Marineau said. â€œWe look forward to engaging with companies from around the world to advance the Compactâ€™s vision of a more sustainable and inclusive global economy.â€ "We are delighted to welcome Levi Strauss and Co. into the Global Compact," said Georg Kell, executive director, UN Global Compact. "As the first multinational company to adopt an international code for labor standards, LS&CO. is a pioneer in the area of corporate responsibility. The Compact will give LS&CO. a platform to further its good work and to share best practices with participants who may be newer to the field."