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May 22, 2019

Every day, Christine drops her children off at her employer-sponsored daycare and goes to her job as an employee relations assistant, popping over to check on her children during breaks. 

Here at her workplace, the 36-year-old mother of two enjoys employee benefits that too many working women do not -- access to essential health services like contraception, cervical cancer screenings, counseling, and even clean, portable water to bring home to her family.

Christine works at Hela, a garment manufacturer in Kenya that produces apparel for major global brands including...

October 19, 2017

Consider this: An estimated 1 billion women will enter the global workforce over the next two decades. Of these women, more than 90% will be in emerging and developing countries.

This means a lot of things for women, their families, and their communities. It means more women will seize economic opportunities; it means stronger, more prosperous families will break the cycle of poverty; and it means local, regional, and global economies will grow. The rise of women in the workforce in emerging and developing countries also offers an unprecedented opportunity for priva...

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Non-governmental organizations and private-sector companies around the world are stepping up to improve the health and well-being of women in their workforce and supply chains. 

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Resources

Explore the different research and tools developed by organizations and companies showing the return on investment of workplace health and well-being programs. 

Return on Investment

This business case details cost packages, programs, and interventions that the apparel sector can implement to improve the health and well-being of their female supply chain workers in Kenya.

United Nations Foundation

Read a summary from the Workplace Women's Health and Empowerment Regional Meeting in India that focused on the apparel sector and how companies can drive change on the health and well-being of their female workers in global supply chains.

United Nations Foundation

This report evaluates the workplace women's health program HERhealth and determines that it results in a 4:1 return on investment to companies.

Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) and Levi Strauss Foundation

This initiative aims to reach 60,000 women who work in factories that supply products to Walmart and other retailers, partnering with NGOs like Swasti, Business for Social Responsibility, and CARE. The return on investment is referred to as "value" on investment to emphasize the need to measure not just cost savings, but other elements that contribute to worker satisfaction, employee well-being and business performance. 

Walmart

This report examines the business case for corporate involvement in community health and well-being, showing that community health has the potential to significantly reduce employee health costs and yields a significant return on investment.

Impact ROI

This report discusses USAID's Extending Service Delivery (ESD) program, a five-year reproductive health and family planning project that was used to conduct a study evaluating the return on investment of providing health services at a garment factory site in Bangladesh.

USAID

This powerpoint presentation explains the WWHE Global Trade Supplier Finance Program (GTSF), an IFC initiative for improving global supply chain sustainability and competitiveness.

International Finance Corporation

This business case details cost packages, programs, and interventions that the agriculture sector can implement to improve the health and well-being of their female supply chain workers in Kenya.

United Nations Foundation

This evaluation looks at the impact of Walmart's Women in Factories program by examining key performance indicators (KPI's) such as absenteeism, production efficiency, and turnover. 

Tufts University Labor Lab

Good Business Lab's evaluation of the P.A.C.E program - which trains female garment workers in soft skills and life skills such as reproductive health and financial awareness - shows that investing in the life skills of female garment workers delivers measurable ROI to businesses.

Good Business Lab

This report summarizes findings from program evaluations conducted by ICRW at six separate factory sites where P.A.C.E. is implemented. The report concluded that the P.A.C.E program yielded high returns for women, their families and the businesses where they work.

International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)

The chapter "A New Approach to the Well-Being of Factory Workers in Global Supply Chains" examines the success of a comprehensive worker survey to monitor the well-being of supply chain workers in factories.

Harvard SHINE Initative

This report presents an analysis of 47 reports on initiatives describing women’s health in the workplace and how such initiatives and their return on investments are measured.

Danish Family Planning Association

This self-assessment scoring tool for suppliers helps assess their adherence to existing laws and policies on worker health and well-being, including physical health, intellectual health, emotional health, social health, spiritual health, and enviornmental health.

SNV Netherlands and Bangladesh Institute for Labour Studies

Other Resources

This article outlines the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on female garment workers in supply chains across the world and the need to take action to meet their unique health and economic needs.

Fashion Revolution

This report attempts to estimate the size of the economic potential from achieving gender parity to mapping gender inequality. They use 15 indicators of gender equality in 95 countries and discuss the development of their Gender Parity Score (GPS) that gives a view of what will help to close the gender gap.

McKinsey Global Institute

This article provides new evidence on consumer demand for ethical products from experiments conducted in a U.S. grocery store chain. It determines that although consumers attach value to ethical sourcing, there is significant multiplicity in willingness to pay for it.

Review of Economics and Statistics

This article describes how many companies, including several in the apparel sector, have already begun empowering workers in their supply chains through programs that provide access to reproductive health information and services.

United Nations Foundation

This report discusses Levi Strauss' Worker Well-being program that aims to to raise the living standards of workers through partnerships with strategic vendors. The program asks that vendors communicate with workers, identify local challenges, develop and implement appropriate worker programs and forge partnerships to generate and sustain lasting impacts.

Levi Strauss and Co.

This report discusses setting business strategy and transforming markets in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Business and Sustainable Development Commission

This fact sheet states key statistics on employment in the garment industry, gender, and worth of the garment industry.

Clean Clothes Campaign

This guidebook helps organizations and companies determine how their factories can actively manage their health operations, such as what indicators apply, what action steps to take, and what resources are available for health improvements.

Levi Strauss Foundation

The program aims to train  60,000 women around the world over five years. It teaches factory workers critical life skills in communication, hygiene, reproductive health, and occupational health and safety, identifying personal strengths and gender sensitivity.

Walmart

 

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