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Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, who has also contributed to numerous national business titles including Utility Week, the Municipal Journal, Environment Journal and consumer titles such as Classic Rock.
January 29, 2019

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Levi Strauss workers to trial blockchain wellbeing system

Workers at three Levi Strauss jean factories in Mexico are to take part in the trial of a new blockchain-based system to track worker wellbeing.

Levi blockchain trialThe system is being developed by the American think tank New America, Harvard University and the blockchain firm ConsenSys.

The aim of the project is to develop a mechanism to anonymously and securely track and measure worker wellbeing with a digitally authenticated blockchain solution.

Blockchain is a way of securely linking multiple databases, or ledgers, and turning them into a single virtual database.

In a blockchain platform, all transactions are securely recorded, so all the people using the system can see the changes and have access to the same information.

The concept is also being used to develop systems to handle financial transactions, monitor stock and trade energy.

Three factories in Mexico producing goods for Levi Strauss & Co. and employing 5,000 workers will be the first locations to use the blockchain-powered survey in 2019.

“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 Tomicah Tillemann, Founder of the Blockchain Trust Accelerator at New America.

“Blockchain technology offers an innovative way to better measure and track the health and well-being of factory workers.”

The first pilot of the system is scheduled to be tested in factories in Mexico in the second quarter of 2019.

There will be another pilot of the tech next year.

“Ethereum is a technology that reduces the barrier for trust between two parties and will create a transparent environment for workers to securely and anonymously share critical information,” said ConsenSys Founder Joe Lubin.

“Our goal is to develop, test, and scale a system that could empower employees, suppliers, and consumers to make informed decisions about factories, products, and brands.”

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Nigel Evelyn-Dupree
Nigel Evelyn-Dupree
5 years ago

Mmmm, wellbeing in terms of what ? Task orientated in some way or biometric-screening or work/life balance or whatever stressors identified as hazard or risk to wellbeing and a ‘big leap for mankind’ if, this is to be a unique collaboration between employees and employer like, you know, us and them !