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, 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.

  % Production Workers (Helpers, Machinists) % Supervisors/Managers % Committee Membership
Female 56% 10% 56%
Male 44% 90% 44%

    

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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