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NST/Hamlin - Financial

DateJuly 11, 2017

NST, a Philippines-based apparel supplier for global brands such as Ann Taylor, Ralph Lauren, and J. Crew, together with its subsidiaries, Hamlin and Reliance Producers Cooperative, commits to reach 6,000 employees, 4,500 of whom are women, with family planning information and services in order to increase the use of modern family planning methods from 54 percent to 70 percent among male and female employees by 2018. NST will also seek to reach 90 percent of pregnant and lactating mothers with post-partum family planning counseling sessions. And finally, NTS will train nurses, human resources staff, and peer health educators on family planning methods and counseling in order to connect employees directly with services

By the end of the 2018, NST Global Corporation seeks to achieve the following workplace family planning program objectives for the company’s two subsidiaries in the Philippines, Hamlin Industrial Corporation and Reliance Apparel Fashion and Manufacturing Corporation:

  • With its 6,000 total employees, NST shall ensure that 100% of all employees of reproductive age shall have access to FP information through the provision of regular family planning education;
  • With its 6,000 total employees, NST shall ensure that at least 70% of employees with modern FP unmet needs shall be given access to modern FP services based on informed choice and voluntarism, thus reducing unplanned pregnancies. Employees who have unmet need for modern family planning are those who express their intentions of not having children and voluntarily decide to use modern contraceptives and yet are not able to use modern FP methods for various reasons.
  • With its 4,500 women employees, NST shall ensure that at least 90% of post-partum employees shall have access to FP information and services to enable them to space or plan their births.
    NST Global Corporation, through the above two subsidiaries, is a supplier for leading global brands such as Ann Taylor, Ralph Lauren, J. Crew and J. Jill.

A total of 6,000 workers are employed in the two manufacturing facilities in the Philippines; 75% (or 4,500) of these are women of reproductive age. Of the two companies, Hamlin was the first company to introduce modern family planning under the UNFPA’s Business Action for Family Planning (BAFP) project in 2015. Early this year (2017), NST started its family planning program at Reliance.

Hamlin Industrial Corporation has been in the manufacturing/exporting business for over 20 years, with current manpower of around 2,300, 76% female. In line with NST’s corporate statement, “committed to the improvement of the quality of life of our employees and the community”, the company is responding to the call to action to address the significant challenge in family planning today. Hamlin is implementing a workplace family planning program that includes awareness raising, access to commodities and service provision.

As part of capacity building, Hamlin partners with UNFPA, ECOP and Friendly Care to provide FP training for nurses, HR Staff and Peer Health Educators on Family Planning Modern Methods, Social Marketing and FP Counselling. The trained nurses conduct family planning lectures quarterly to raise the awareness of the workers on the different modern family planning methods. Two of the 12 trained nurses are trained FP trainers under the Business Action for Family Planning (BAFP) project and will be mentoring other nurses from BAFP Phase 2 partner companies during on site FP training. The trained nurses will also provide technical assistance to Reliance Apparel during their launching of FP program and FP activities and training sessions. Hamlin also incorporates FP learning session during Mother’s Class to prepare women to plan about FP even before giving birth.

As part of BAFP Phase 1 partner companies, Hamlin had been regularly conducting on-site FP counselling and services to their employees. To date, there are 123 women who received implants for free and 308 new users of modern methods.

DateJuly 11, 2017

2017 Update: CIFF’s strategic plan from 2017 to 2021 commits us to working with others to shape an AIDS-free generation where every adolescent can realise their sexual and reproductive rights with access to the information and services they need. Since January 2017 we have more than doubled our funding for sexual and reproductive health with new investments totalling $72 million. Our work is focused on putting adolescents at the centre of the design of SRH programmes; increasing choice with different types of contraception that respond to teenagers’ preferences, especially user-controlled choices; digital innovations to better connect young people with more accountable services; and amplifying youth voices within debates on the issues that affect them most.

Looking to the future, CIFF investments will be more targeted, bolstering what works best, reducing unit costs and tackling taboos head on. Specifically: (1) We will build a community of practice on human-centred design to inject urgency into changing the way adolescent SRH programmes and sex education is delivered; (2) We will strengthen country leadership and capacity to deliver on their commitments to adolescents, through country-driven technical assistance and results-based financing, within our broader investments; (3) We will be an exemplar for integration, maximising ways to layer user-controlled contraception, HIV prevention and safe abortion or post-abortion care; (4) We will continue to invest in measurement, capturing age and sex-disaggregated data across our SRH programmes; (5) Above all, we will be a better ally to young people, maximising youth leadership, youth-led accountability and participation in decision-making processes including within our own organisation.

2012: The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) enthusiastically supports the goals set by the London Summit on Family Planning as integral to the broader program of support to the UN Secretary General’s Every Women Every Child initiative. In conjunction with the global family planning initiative, CIFF will pursue landscaping and develop an action plan in the area of reproductive health with the intention of contributing strategically, tangibly, and at scale to further the aims of Family Planning 2020. The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation provides both funding and human resources to ensure greater accessibility of long-acting and reversible methods of contraception and will continue its work to enable women and governments to acquire these products at affordable prices.

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Spark Minda - Financial

DateJuly 11, 2017

Spark Minda, a major Indian automobile component manufacturer, has allocated 402,500 Indian rupees (US $6,198) for family planning and 700,000 rupees ($10,780) for menstrual hygiene per year till 2020 from CSR Budget for conducting sensitization workshops on family planning and reproductive health and menstrual hygiene services. The workshops will engage 1,000 people (500 women and 500 men) per year until 2020, reaching 3000 people from the communities surrounding the corporation’s manufacturing units and vocational training centers in the states of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh. Sensitization workshops inform participants about family planning method choices, their effectiveness, and the myths and misconceptions related to each method. Participants will also learn about the nearest public health facilities offering family planning services.

Bangladesh - Policy & Political

DateJuly 11, 2017

2017 Update: 

  • Bangladesh will fully operationalize its new National Adolescent Health Strategy with special focus of addressing the family planning needs and promoting rights of all adolescents.  Adolescents in Bangladesh will have access to widest range of family planning methods possible and special efforts will be made to track adolescent health data. Bangladesh reiterates its commitment to end child marriage. 

2012: Bangladesh aims to adopt the policy of provision of clinical contraceptive methods by trained/skilled nurses, midwives, and paramedics by 2016. The government has also pledged to promote policies to eliminate geographical disparity, inequity between urban and rural, and rich and poor, ensuring rights and addressing the high rate of adolescent pregnancies.

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Togo - Program & Service Delivery

DateJuly 11, 2017

2017 Update: Read the commitment here

2014:The Government of Togo commits to increasing service coverage by taking into account private and associative structures offering family planning services, organizing family planning services for the benefit of isolated and marginalized groups, and improving the access of local populations to family planning methods through innovative strategies. It also commits to integrating adolescent-youth sexual and reproductive health services into the PMA (minimum package of services) of health structures and recruiting and training qualified personnel for offering quality services. The Government of Togo commits to strengthening data forecasting and management to optimize the supply chain and to promoting contraceptive product supply chain excellence.

Togo also pledges to evaluate community-based distribution of services, including injectables, by December 31, 2014, reinforce results-based mechanisms for coordination, monitoring, and evaluation, and strengthen communication around family planning, particularly for key target populations. The Government of Togo also pledges to promote family planning with advocacy tools (RAPID, religious RAPID) and to institutionalize the national campaign for family planning.

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Myanmar - Policy & Political

DateJuly 11, 2017

2017 Update: Read the commitment here

2013: Myanmar aims to strengthen the policy of providing clinical contraceptive methods by trained/skilled nurses, midwives and volunteers through better collaboration among multi-stakeholders within the context of Nay Pyi Taw Accord. The Government of Myanmar also pledges to implement people-centered policies to address regional disparity and inequity between urban and rural and rich and poor populations. In addition, Myanmar commits to expanding the forum of family planning under the umbrella of the Health Sector Coordinating Committee and to creating an Executive Working Group on Family Planning as a branch of the Maternal Newborn and Child Health Technical Strategic Group.

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Mozambique - Policy & Political

DateJuly 11, 2017

2017 Update: Read the commitment here

2014:The Government of Mozambique will revitalize the National Partnership to Promote Maternal Health to implement and monitor multi-sector interventions for Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5. They will continue to provide cost-free integrated sexual and reproductive health services (SRH) and commodities in all health facilities, and ensure that existing laws pertaining to SRH are known and implemented at all levels.

Mozambique will also work to strengthen existing coordination mechanisms between partners, private sector and government to accelerate the implementation of the national Family Planning and Contraceptives strategy.

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Liberia - Program & Service Delivery

DateJuly 11, 2017

2017 Update: Read the commitment here

2012:In addition to public-sector facilities, the private medical sector also provides family planning services. In Liberia, this includes the Planned Parenthood Association, faith-based health institutions, private hospitals and clinics, pharmacies, private doctors, and private donors.

The following objectives are included in the Liberian national reproductive health strategy:

  1. Expand availability, access to, and choices of safe, effective, acceptable, and affordable contraceptive methods by using integrated approaches at both facility and community levels to minimize missed opportunities.
  2. Increase the number and capacity of health workers at the facility and community level to deliver safe, effective, and acceptable family planning services.
  3. Strength the contraceptive commodity supply chain to ensure adequate supply at all levels of facility- and community-based services.
  4. Strengthen key systems and infrastructure, including management, monitoring, evaluation, and supervision to support family planning services at the facility and community levels.
  5. Strengthen and expand family planning through the private sector, including NGOs, faith-based organizations, social marketing, the commercial sector, private clinics, and pharmacies.
  6. Engage in advocacy and increase demand for and utilization of family planning and reproductive health services in order to decrease unmet need for family planning and increase the CPR.
  7. Improve the health system's capacity to increase utilization of family planning and RH services among underserved and/or vulnerable populations, including adolescents, young adults, victims of sexual exploitation, rape survivors, refugees, and men.

 

Guinea - Program & Service Delivery

DateJuly 11, 2017

2017 Update: Read the commitment here

2013:The government commits to improving the access of local populations to all family planning methods by using community based service provision and increasing service coverage by taking into account private sector and civil society structures in supplying family planning services. The government commits to integrating youth sexual and reproductive health services into the basic services of health structures in two to eight administrative regions by 2018.

Guinea also pledges to recruiting 2,000 health workers in 2014, at a cost of USD $3.5 million. Each year until 2017, the government will recruit an additional workforce of 51 midwives, 111 government-registered nurses for rural areas, and will train 300 health technicians to serve as midwives.

Guinea will continue the roll-out of long-acting and permanent methods in 15 health districts currently lacking them. Guinea also pledges to improve forecasts and data management to optimize the family planning supply chain.

In addition, the government will strengthen results-driven coordination, monitoring and evaluation, and accountability mechanisms.  Guinea commits to developing partnerships with the private sector to enhance financing for family planning.

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Ghana - Program & Service Delivery

DateJuly 11, 2017

2017 Update: 

Increase the number of women and girls using modern contraception from 1.5 million to 1.9 million by improved access to and availability of quality family planning services at all levels, expanded contraceptive method mix and increased demand. Reduce teenage pregnancy and child marriage

  • Increase mCPR among currently married women or women in union from 22% to 29% by 2020 through improved access to FP in peri-urban and rural areas.
  • Increase mCPR among sexually-active married and unmarried adolescents from, respectively, 16.7% and 31.5% to 20% and 35% by improving their access to sexual and reproductive health information and services.

2012: MDG 5 Acceleration Framework, also known as the MAF Plan, includes the following strategies:

  • Use community-based nurses to deliver FP services in rural areas.
  • Eliminate user fees for FP services in all public health facilities.
  • Increase demand for FP, including advocacy and communications to improve male involvement.
  • Improve workforce training and options for task shifting.
  • Improve counseling and customer care.
  • Improve post-partum and post-abortion care.
  • Offer expanded contraceptive choices including a wider range of long acting and permanent methods.
  • Provide adolescent-friendly services for sexually active young people.
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Lao PDR - Program & Service Delivery

DateJuly 12, 2016

The government of Lao commits to scale up family planning services to health center and village levels to increase the access to reproductive health and information for adolescents, aiming to boost the number of women using family planning services. Key interventions planned include:

  • Extending the training of existing community midwife students by a month to become proficient in family planning counselling and procedures (IUDs, implants, emergency contraceptive);
  • Establishing separate private, family planning-friendly rooms in selected district hospitals;
  • Increasing the coverage of family planning and maternal, neonatal, and child health services at the community level through the scaling up of existing, successful community-based interventions, such as the Community-Based Distribution Programme;
  • Mapping and focusing on high-burden districts and villages, with total fertility rate greater than 3, unmet need greater than 15 percent or 20 percent, and CPR between 35 percent or 45 percent;
  • Conduct formative research to inform the development and adaptation and field-testing of IEC materials in local ethnic languages; and
  • Pilot youth-friendly service counselling rooms—separate from the maternal, neonatal, and child health unit—and in selected district hospitals.
Afghanistan - Program & Service Delivery

DateJuly 11, 2016

The government of Afghanistan commits to developing a family planning national costed implementation plan (2017-2020); strengthening community-level family planning services through the training of community health workers; and providing sufficient stock of contraceptives. Afghanistan also pledges to expand access to long-acting and reversible methods as well as training at least one male and one female health worker in each health facility in conducting family planning counseling and the appropriate administration of contraceptive methods. In addition, the government will strengthen community mobilization and increase advocacy about family planning among religious and community leaders, civil society, and youth as well as develop information, education, and communication and behavior change communication campaigns to address barriers to accessing family planning and reproductive health services. Afghanistan will also strengthen coordination, commitment, and collaboration between the public and private sector to improve reproductive health and family planning services, training, supplies, equipment, and commodities. In addition, the government will roll out a youth health line to five major cities to provide counseling and information to youth on reproductive health and family planning. The government will also include implants on the Ministry of Public Health’s essential medicines.

Margaret Pyke Trust, with the PSN - Program & Service Delivery

DateJuly 11, 2016

Education and training: The Trust commits it will provide training to more than 3,250 UK-based doctors and nurses between the beginning of 2016 and the end of 2019 and will expand its training activities to benefit at least 300 doctors and nurses in FP2020 focus countries, with training tailored to meet local capacity needs. The Trust’s training will aim to ensure that clinical service professionals provide high quality, comprehensive, rights-based voluntary family planning services based on the most up-to-date medical best practice. Course topics will include changing methods, updates on both hormonal and non-hormonal methods (including long-acting and reversible contraceptives), safe abortion, emergency contraception, HIV/STIs, female genital mutilation, and other aspects of female reproductive health.

Integrated programs: The Trust commits to design and implement at least three sexual and reproductive health and rights integrated programmes in FP2020 focus countries between the autumn 2016 and 2019. This pledge is dependent on the Trust securing the necessary financial support to implement the relevant programmes.

Issue and policy advocacy: The Trust pledges to undertake advocacy activities for health and gender organizations, policy makers, and funding partners and also for other sectors including environmental and climate change audiences, to help build a broader coalition of organizations working to ensure universal access to comprehensive and voluntary family planning services.

DateJuly 11, 2016

The Trust commits to advocate for the importance of universal access to comprehensive and voluntary family planning services and rights to those services, as a critical requirement to enable sustainable development. In the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Trust will advocate for the imperative of including sexual and reproductive health and rights to achieve not only the health and gender equality Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but also those focused on ending poverty and hunger, promoting education, ensuring access to clean water, and combatting climate change. The Trust commits its leadership and experience to undertake advocacy activities not only for health and gender organizations, policy makers and funding partners, but also for other sectors, to help build a broader coalition of organizations working to ensure universal access to comprehensive and voluntary family planning services as essential rights in and of themselves and also critical to achieving the SDGs in their totality.

DateJuly 11, 2016

The Margaret Pyke Trust, with the Population & Sustainability Network—a UK-registered charity—works in the UK and internationally to promote sexual and reproductive health knowledge, rights, and services, benefitting all people, women and girls in particular, and to support sustainable development. Since its foundation in 1969, the Trust has been at the forefront of developments in sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) through excellence in academic research on sexual and reproductive health and contraception and training for qualified medical professionals.

The Trust’s international program, the Population & Sustainability Network (PSN), is a network of 17 diverse organizations, from governmental bodies, like the UK Department for International Development to international NGOs, like the International Planned Parenthood Federation and Friends of the Earth, which all share the Trust’s vision. PSN focuses on advocacy, promoting SRHR as part of sustainable development, calling for an increase in funding of SRHR projects and ensuring that SRHR are prioritized in international development policies. In addition to advocacy, the Trust also works directly with its PSN members, on the ground in the developing world, using its nearly 50 years of SRHR experience at the programmatic level to integrate SRHR in broader development programs.

Cameroon - Program & Service Delivery

DateNovember 25, 2014

The Government of Cameroon commits to ensuring contraceptive security to avoid stock outs, providing the full range of contraceptives by ensuring quality services, including family planning counseling, training, and supervision of health workers, and ensuring the government’s and its partners’ accountability for funding family planning.

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Burundi - Program & Service Delivery

DateJune 23, 2014

2017 Update: Read the commitment here

2012:Burundi pledges to improve quality of family planning services by training health workers at the all public health sector facilities and by increasing access to services by establishing health posts for family planning in geographically inaccessible areas, including clinics run by religious organizations that do not offer modern contraceptive methods. The Government of Burundi also commits to integrating services with other programs, such as immunization and HIV. 

The government also commits to scaling up community based services through community mobilization and provision of family planning methods including task shifting by training Health Promotion Technicians and community health workers (CHWs) to offer injections. In addition, it commits to improving continuity of contraceptive use by training health workers to provide long acting reversible contraceptive methods and permanent methods. 

Burundi commits to generating demand by raising awareness about the importance of family planning through various communication channels and approaches. In particular, it seeks to improve access to reproductive health and family planning information and services for adolescents and young people, amongst others via information and communication technologies and invest in comprehensive sexuality education for the youth both in primary and secondary schools. 

Burundi also pledges to strengthen performance-based financing and extending it to the community level with the support of partners. 

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Philippines - Program & Service Delivery

DateJuly 11, 2012

2017 Update: View summary here

2012: The Philippines commits to provide family planning services to poor families with zero co-payment, and to upgrading public health facilities and increase the number of health services providers who can provide reproductive health information. The Philippines will work with partners to provide information and training. 

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Zimbabwe - Policy & Political

DateJuly 11, 2012

2017 Update: Read the commitment here

2012: Zimbabwe will eliminate user fees for family planning services by 2013. Zimbabwe will work to strengthen public-private partnerships, including civil society organizations in the provision of community-based and outreach services and implement a national campaign to increase national awareness of family planning, and health worker training and sensitization.

Zimbabwe commits to developing a research agenda on family planning and strengthening overall monitoring and evaluation, including operations research in family planning, as well as to reviewing policies and strategies to promote innovative service delivery models to improve access and utilization of family planning services for women and girls, particularly from the poorest wealth quintiles.

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Mozambique - Program & Service Delivery

DateJuly 11, 2012

2017 Update: Read the commitment here

2014:Mozambique will revitalize family planning information, services, and outreach for youth, build public-private partnerships to improve the distribution of contraceptive commodities, and increase the number of health facilities offering at least three contraceptive methods from one-third to 50 percent by 2015. Efforts will be put forth to train at least 500 health providers to provide post-partum and post-abortion counseling on family planning and contraception by 2015.

Additionally, the Government of Mozambique will stimulate an increase in demand of family planning services, by expanding the provision of information and family planning services in rural and peri-urban communities. It will do this by promoting community based distribution of contraceptives and the participation and involvement of communities, health agents, traditional midwives, non-governmental organizations, and mobile clinics. Mozambique, in particular, will intensify community involvement at local levels through engaging religious leaders and community leaders in educating and advocating for various methods of family planning.

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DateJuly 11, 2017

40,000 new women (tea farmers or tea workers) will be reached by HERhealth programme or similar programme to raise awareness on awareness and improve access to health services,particularly concerning reproductive health and family planning,by December 2020.

Twinings aims to improve the quality of lives of people in tea communities where we source our products. We believe everyone in our supply chain should have a good quality of life and to provide for themselves and their family. Women make up most of the workforce on tea estates in tea gardens. But in developing countries women often lack access to adequate healthcare and the knowledge they need to look after their own health. This can lead to high maternal mortality rates,HIV infection, pressure on family finances due to unintended pregnancies, lack of productivity and low income. We know that when women and girls thrive, so do the people around them andthe wider society. That’s why, at Twinings, we are committed to empower women in our supply chain through health and education.

Kenya is our second largest tea sourcing origin and in 2015, Twinings started a partnership with Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) to implement the HERhealth programme in communities in our supply chain in this country. HERhealth aims to raise female workers’ health awareness and access to health services, particularly concerning reproductive health. So far we have reached 675 women and 551 men in two tea gardens, with a variety of improvements in health awareness among the women, including 100% now able to name at least one family planning method (it was 30% before the project). Twinings is currently implementing HERhealth programmes that reach 6,000 women workers and farmers, and will significantly expand its programming to reach 40,000 new women

DateJuly 11, 2017

CARD-MRI, the largest microfinance institution in the Philippines, is committed to provide family planning education and information to at least 4 million women up to 2020. Under this campaign, CARD-MRI women-members will receive weekly 15-minute learning sessions on Modern Family Planning Methods through the Credit With Education (CWE) Program, supplemented with an SMS messaging campaign. Of these women who receive FP education and information, CARD-MRI commits to provide general medical services, wellness check-up, dental services and family planning counselling and services to 200,000 women each year, bringing to 800,000 the total number of women provided with actual services. This means that, with the average Filipino family size of 4, a total of 3.2 million Filipinos would have improved their lives through the health and family planning services that CARD-MRI will provide in the next four years.

CARD-MRI also intends to tap its own chain of pharmacies, called BotiCARDs, situated in major cities of the country to provide medicines and family planning commodities, including pills and condoms, to its clients at discounted prices.

Through CARD-MRI’s partnership with UNFPA, CARD-MRI commits its doctors and nurses for training on modern FP services. All 17 nurses deployed throughout the country will have been certified by government as trained for subdermal implant insertion.

As a microfinance institution, CARD-MRI commits to empowering women from the poorest sectors of Philippine society to become economically productive, enabling them to contribute towards increasing family income and enhancing socio-economic development of the country.

DateJuly 11, 2017

Lindex is a Swedish fashion chain, with approximately 480 stores in 17 markets. Lindex business concept is to offer inspiring and affordable fashion to the fashion conscious woman. The assortment includes several different concepts within women ́s wear, kids‘wear, lingerie and cosmetics. More than half of Lindex total assortment is made of more sustainable sources and Lindex is dedicated that 80% of the company ́s supply chain capacity should be produced in sustainable factories by 2020, defined by environmental and human rights criteria. Lindex has an ambition to improve the lives of all women in the Lindex global supplychain and the communities where we operate connected to our production. We are committed to contribute to women’s empowerment and gender equality through trainingand education as well as creating enabling and inclusive workplaces.

Lindex is a Swedish fashion company with a workforce consisting of about 97% women. Our consumers are mainly women (98%) since we produce fashion for women andchildren, and 60% of the workers in the factories where we produce are women. It is important for us to focus on women. 

Lindex has conducted Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) HERhealth projects since 2012 mainly in Bangladesh but also in Pakistan and India. Up till now about 12,000 women have been given education and training in:

  • Raising awareness on nutrition, healthy eating, personal and menstrual hygiene, family planning, and maternal health
  • Improving the capacity of the workplace clinic, including the provision of some forms of contraception.
  • Improving health-related behavior such as disease testing, seeking out preventive care,conducting breast self-examination, using sanitary napkins instead of dirty cloths from the factory floor and when to go to the doctor.
  • Strengthening workplace policies and systems promoting worker well-being.
  • Linking workplaces with external service providers such as local clinics
  • Addressing myths and misconceptions around potentially harmful health practices andbelieves.
  • Building confidence and communication skills around discussing important health issuesat work and at home.

We have mainly worked with our supply chain from a bottom up approach (HERhealth projects) to drive change through worker engagement and training. We plan to continue with this and have planned 11 new HERhealth projects to start during 2017. But we also see the need for a top to bottom approach, a gender based management system in order to improve and ensure the inclusion of gender issues into Human Resources.

But we also see the need for a top to bottom approach, a gender based management system in order to improve and ensure the inclusion of gender issues into Human Resources.
WE WOMEN by Lindex is a 3 year project developed through a Public Private Partnership with GIZ, a German development agency, and in cooperation with BSR and other non-government organizations. The purpose of the project is to mainstream gender inclusion in the management systems of the Bangladeshi ready –made garment industry. After the project is finished we willintroduce this Management system into our whole supply chain in India, Pakistan, Turkey,China, Myanmar and Cambodia.
This project goes beyond the replication of HERhealth projects with gendered lessons learned as this partnership with GIZ aims at institutionalizing an industry wide approach towards including gender and management issues into the HR system management tools. We will try and achieve a systematic change and move from project to business principles.

There is also an element of community engagement in this project. Lindex will together with GIZ start a Women ́s Café in one of the areas where we have production. When the project ends Lindex will run the café on its own. The café will be open for all but especially for women. It will be a meeting place with focus on capacity building, training and awareness raising but also issues that the women need and want.

The program will, through access to training/advisory services and a toolbox, support suppliers in improving their gender related performance through setting gender indicators in their management systems. To give female workers in the factories higher chances to work in middle to higher staff positions and have access to better technical, financial and health related training. Training will also be provided for men, it is important to include them in order to drive change both in the factory as well as in the community.The impact of this commitment will be measured in Lindex Business Scorecard which grade Lindex suppliers according to both business and sustainability indicators. It is directly connected to business benefits.The pilot targets the Lindex supply chain in Bangladesh where the number of female workers in the stitching units constitute 60% of the total workforce. The total workforce is 83.500 people and 50.276 of these are female workers.