Our Respect programme raises awareness on gender rights in all third party operated "Tier 1" factories in our supply chain, aligning with the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles.
Respect is about improving workplace wellbeing for everyone, focusing on fair & transparent recruitment, equality in pay & performance, maternity rights, health & safety measures which work for everyone and effective grievance mechanisms which enable all workers to raise their voices.
Training has also included topics such as financial inclusion, access to social protection schemes, menstrual health and the prevention of workplace harassment.
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.
When a factory is onboarded onto the programme, we conduct a baselining exercise which reviews policies, systems, data, and worker awareness (established through extensive worker interviews).
For example, this has revealed that inequality in pay for the same job role is not prevalent, but there have been instances of women moving down a seniority level after returning from maternity leave.
Honing in on the prevalence gender-based issues in an evidence-based way enables us to tailor the programme to the specific needs of the factory and strengthen systems to ensure that these issues do not reoccur.
We closely monitor the sex-disaggregation of job roles in factories participating in Respect, as well as ensuring committees are representative of the gender split in the factory. The below data is as of March 2022 - we aim to see this improve with the sustainment of the programme.
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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.