A core KPI within our supply chain, we are committed to ensuring that 100% of workers have access to workplaces that treat them with respect, with means to raise issues safely.

Our Respect programme raises awareness on gender rights in all third party operated "Tier 1" factories in our supply chain. The programme's objectives align with the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles and put participating factories on a roadmap to achieve three stages of empowerment:

 

Stage 1: Treat all women and men fairly at work – respect and support human rights and non-discrimination; ensure the health, safety and well-being of all female and male workers. 

Stage 2: Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality; promote education, training and professional development for women.

Stage 3: Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy.

 

The programme involves management, supervisors, and workers, ensuring committee structures are in place to best represent workers, training all parties on effective communication and setting up sustainable worker engagement systems in workplaces.

 

13% of workers in our supply chain have taken part in our Respect programme in FY21, producing 18% of our products. By the close of FY22, we will have reached 18% of the workforce in our supply chain, who produce 27% of our products.

 

Thus far, all factories involved have been located in India. We are now launching the programme in Turkey, starting with two of our key suppliers in the region.

Case Study

Gurgaon (India), Swasti Respect Training

37% of workers in India have taken part in our Respect and Dignity programme across nine factories since 2017.

This year, two of our largest factories joined the programme. In partnership with Swasti, a local gender specialist NGO, over 3,000 workers have helped build a culture of Respect in their factories – participating in regular workshops to raise awareness of their rights and responsibilities.

Between April 2020 and February 2021 these factories also piloted Covid-19 support care lines. This provided workers with access to counselling and advice on benefits during this challenging period, as well as an out of hours nurse.

 

The sessions have changed my perspective on gender roles - I was in two minds about my daughter's higher education but now I am sure and confident that my daughter must complete her education to become independent

- Rani, Gurgaon - stitching operative

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