Lindex, a Swedish fashion chain, commits to ensure 80 percent of its first-tier suppliers have implemented WE Women (a program to incorporate gender equality into management systems and provide employee training) and HERhealth (a workplace program which provides information and training on health and empowerment topics including family planning, reproductive health, nutrition programs, and more) to reach at least 20,000 women workers in India, Pakistan, Turkey, China and Myanmar by 2025.
In 2017, Lindex, a Swedish fashion chain, committed to partnering with GIZ, a German development agency, and Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), and launched WE WOMEN, a 3-year program providing technical, financial, and health training (including family planning information) to 83,500 workers, including the more than 50,000 women in their supply chain in Bangladesh. WE WOMEN will also incorporate gender equality into management systems and provide support and training to encourage career advancement for female employees. After the expansion in Bangladesh, Lindex plans to scale this program to the rest of their supply chain in India, Pakistan, Turkey, China, and Myanmar, representing an even greater impact in the lives of women and their families around the world.
Now, Lindex is announcing plans to expand their previous commitment and tie their women’s health and empowerment work to their sourcing decisions, commiting to ensure 80 percent of their tier 1 suppliers have implemented WE Women, a program incorporating gender equality into management systems and employee training, and HERhealth, a program providing key health training on family planning, menstrual hygiene, maternal health, reproductive cancers and more, by 2025. Given the importance of women’s health to their empowerment, Lindex aims to reach at least 20,000 women workers with HERhealth by 2025.
“Our commitment is in line with our company vision – to empower and inspire women everywhere. Women are not only the ones who love to wear our garments – they populate every part of our value chain, from field to fitting room. Lindex is filled with and surrounded by women, and we feel a responsibility to every single one of them to ensure they are healthy and empowered,” - Anna-Karin Dahlberg, Corporate Sustainability Manager at Lindex.