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Two new global businesses commit to improving the health and well-being of their women workers in global supply chains.


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Women in developing countries are entering the formal workplace at unprecedented rates.

More than  190 million women  work in global supply chain jobs around the world producing garments, textiles, shoes, coffee, tea, cocoa, and much more.

But their basic needs are not prioritized.

Too often, the needs of these women workers - from basic health care, to protection from harassment and violence, to economic empowerment - are neglected. 


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Companies employing millions of women in their global supply chains have an enormous opportunity to invest in the health and empowerment of these women, while also generating business returns. Now is the time to connect the dots between women's shift into the global workforce, their unmet need for essential health and empowerment information and services, and the business potential of a healthy and productive workforce. 


The United Nations Foundation, together with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the UK’s Department for International Development, and Merck for Mothers, has launched an initiative to work with companies who have large global supply chains employing millions of women workers, to take action to improve the health and well-being of their workers. This will contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals while also generating business returns.