ConsenSys, a blockchain software technology firm lead by Joseph Lubin, the co-founder of Ethereum, has marked a major milestone as the firm will be collaborating with key players in the US for blockchain-based solutions. ConsenSys will be collaborating with Harvard University’s public health graduate school, New America, a think-tank in the U.S, and Levi Strauss, an American Apparel Company. The announcement was made by New America on its official portal on January 24, 2019.
Through this collaboration, the annual worker survey will be stored on the blockchain. This step is considered as a “crucial first step” when it comes to transparent evaluation of employees’ working conditions in factories.
Interestingly, Harvard University’s public health graduate school, Harvard T.H Chain School of Public Health, will be effectively contributing to the blockchain-based survey as it will be using an index developed by the public health school, SHINE. This initiative will be funded via a grant from the U.S State Department.
Additionally, the blockchain-powered survey will be used first by Levi Strauss’ three factories in Mexico which employs around 5000 individuals in 2019. This will be first tested in Q2 of 2019, in all the three factories and the second test is scheduled to take place in 2020.
Joseph Lubin, the Founder of ConsenSys said:
“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. 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.”
Director of Harvard T.H. Chan’s Sustainability and Health Initiative for NetPositive Enterprise, Dr. Eillen McNelly said:
“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”