Harvard University, think tank New America and the company Levi Strauss are exploring the use of blockchain to improve the well-being of employees.
Grant in the amount of $800 thousand for a two-year pilot project to develop a blockchain system to monitor working conditions highlighted the U.S. Department of State.
The first phase will be launched in the second quarter at three factories in Mexico that produce for Levi Strauss, one of the largest global manufacturers of jeans. The system will track labor conditions, health and well-being a total of 5 thousand employees.
Blockchain system will be created Etereum Studio ConsenSys based on the Index of well-being, which in 2015 is implementing the Initiative on sustainable development and health the global environment for NetPositive Enterprise (SHINE) at Harvard school of public health.
Director SHINE Eileen McNeely (McNeely Eileen) noted that most of the use cases of blockchain related to tracking materials in the supply chain. Therefore, the creation of solutions for tracking living conditions of people is “exciting innovation with broad potential for positive effects on the wellbeing of workers worldwide,” she said.
According to the founder of ConsenSys Joe Lubin (Lubin Joe), technology, Ethereum will allow to provide transparent medium secure and anonymous exchange of critical information.
“Our goal is to develop, test and scale a system that could give employees, suppliers and consumers the ability to make informed decisions about factories, products and brands,” said Lubin.
Earlier, IBM has launched a pilot blockchain-project tracking of shipments of cobalt from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which should prevent the use of forced and child labour. Another blockchain-pilot technology giant will monitor the supply chain zolotodobychi mine in Mexico.