PVH Corp., one of the largest fashion and lifestyle companies in the world with suppliers in over 40 countries, commits to providing professional and life skills development programs and services to 500,000 women across its supply chain by 2030.
PVH Corp., one of the largest fashion and lifestyle companies in the world with suppliers in over 40 countries, commits to providing professional and life skills development programs and services to 500,000 women across its supply chain by 2030. This expands upon PVH’s existing commitment from the 2019 launch of its Corporate Responsibility strategy, Forward Fashion, to enroll 500,000 women in professional and life skills development programs by 2030 through Gap Inc.’s Professional Advancement and Career Enhancement (P.A.C.E.) program. P.A.C.E., which is being implemented by PVH in Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and India, covers an expansive range of topics such as financial and legal literacy, communication skills, general and reproductive health, and water, sanitation and hygiene (W.A.S.H.) training. Now, in recognition that pairing skills development programs with access to health services will increase impact by addressing a broader range of needs, PVH has expanded its goal to include the provision of health services for women across its supply chain.
PVH’s engagement with its supply chain on the P.A.C.E. program and linkages to services is expected to expand and evolve over the next 10 years, with access being based on local priorities and needs, through referrals to local providers, improvements to factory clinics and other mechanisms. PVH will focus on offering women in its supply chain sexual harassment/gender-based violence prevention and general, reproductive and maternal health services, including menstrual health and W.A.S.H. This will both strengthen the development of enabling environments for women, and help them to apply the learnings from training and programs by accessing an ecosystem of essential services.
Alongside the integration of health services and implementation of the evidence-based learning program P.A.C.E across its supply chain, PVH is partnering with participating vendors to establish structures that encourage vendor program ownership and promote program sustainability through integration into vendor and factory policies, processes and human resources management systems. This approach includes ensuring vendor and factory staff become certified as P.A.C.E trainers and develop internal governance structures to ensure effective program implementation, monitoring and reporting. PVH also promotes a vendor to vendor collaboration model to create communities of practice by pairing existing P.A.C.E. vendors with vendors new to the program to train their trainers and provide guidance.
PVH will continue to make investments over the next 10 years to ensure female factory workers in its supply chain and communities are equipped with the health, empowerment, and skills development programs and services they need to lead successful lives. PVH will also continue to dedicate staff and resources to implementing its women’s empowerment program globally.
“The vast majority of the workforce across the apparel value chain consists of women. Removing barriers to and creating opportunities for the advancement of women is an important focus area for us. Our Empower Women goal will not only further strengthen our commitment to have a positive impact on the women in our value chain, their families and their communities, but we hope that it will inspire others to join us in accelerating this essential work.” – Manny Chirico, Chairman & CEO, PVH Corp.