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

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This evaluation from Tufts University Labor Lab 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.

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

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.

 This initiative by Walmart 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 also other elements that contribute to worker satisfaction, employee well-being and business performance. 

 This report summarizes findings from program evaluations conducted by the International Center for Research on Women (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.

 This report by Impact ROI 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..

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

 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.

 This report by the Danish Family Planning Association 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.

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

 This self-assessment scoring tool for suppliers by SNV Netherlands and Bangladesh Institute for Labour Studies 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 environmental health.

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

 This report by McKinsey Global Institute 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.

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

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

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.

This program by Walmart 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.

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.

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