Did you know that 80% of the workers in factories making AEO products are women?
Since 2013, AEO has partnered with HERproject™ to help implement women’s empowerment training programs on health, financial inclusion and gender equality in AEO factories. Over the years, projects with AEO have trained 55,000 women in five countries.
Currently, AEO is sponsoring three factories in Bangladesh to participate in HERessentials: a new program to help workers – particularly women – build their capacity and resilience in the face of crisis.
We are also sponsoring factories in Vietnam and Indonesia to participate in HERhealth, a program that increases the ability of low-income women to take charge of their health. HERhealth tackles women’s health topics, including myths and misconceptions around women’s and reproductive health.
To complement and expand upon our commitment to women workers, AEO recently partnered with Empower@Work. Empower@Work works closely with factories to deliver customized training, based on the needs of female workers. AEO contributed funds to develop the materials to launch the collaboration and will participate in the proof of concept through two supplier factories in Bangladesh.
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BSR’s HERproject™ is a collaborative initiative that strives to empower low-income women working in global supply chains.
Bringing together global brands, their suppliers, and local NGOs, HERproject™ drives impact for women and business via workplace-based interventions on health, financial inclusion, and gender equality. Since its inception in 2007, HERproject™ has worked in more than 1,000 workplaces across 17 countries and has increased the well-being, confidence, and economic potential of more than 1,225,000 women and 775,000 men.
Empower@Work (E@W) is a collaborative effort with the goal of delivering a unified approach to women’s empowerment in global supply chains.
Empower@Work brings together the world’s four largest women’s empowerment programs in the global supply chains – BSR’s HERproject, CARE International, Gap Inc.’s P.A.C.E. Program and ILO Better Work – to leverage our combined decades of experience in over 21 countries to achieve transformative change for the millions of women who work within supply chains globally.