Women represent approximately 60 per cent of workers in Target and Kmart’s supplier factory workforce. Yet some female workers don’t have access to the basic services they need to ensure health and wellbeing, and the skills training and opportunities to support their professional development.
We believe all women deserve the opportunity to have a voice and reach their full potential, both in their work-life and home-life. That’s why Target, together with Kmart, have committed to support health, education or professional skills training to at least 100,000 women in our supply chain by 2025.
To achieve this, we have partnered with BSR HER project, which is a collaborative initiative to empower low-income women working in global supply chain. Bringing together international companies, suppliers, and local NGOs. HER Project drives impact for women and businesses via workplace-based interventions on health, financial inclusion, and gender equality.
Many women working in global supply chains are young and undereducated migrants, have limited health knowledge and often lack access to critical health services and products. To ensure women in our supply chain get the information and access to services that they need to prevent and treat disease and maintain their health, we joined BSR HERhealth.
We have also opted into a second BSR initiative called HERessentials, which has been designed to assist women who have been disproportionately impacted by the economic and social consequences of COVID-19. HERessentials is an app which provides critical information to vulnerable female and male workers and managers in global supply chains during times of crisis, including information on health, financial resilience, and tools for building harmonious relationships and handling stress. Furthermore, it is designed to increase workers’ digital and tech literacy while also heightening resilience in an increasingly technological world of work. The offering puts technology in the hands of low-income women with low tech skills all the while empowering suppliers to take ownership of worker trainings on essential topics.
Based on needs analysis and the strength of existing social welfare systems, Kmart and Target will initially prioritise implementation of the HER Health and Essentials programs with suppliers located in the following countries: Bangladesh, India, Indonesia and Vietnam.
In Vietnam, we have two suppliers enrolled in the HERhealth program. Kick-off meetings and base-line assessments have been completed. Implementation was temporarily halted due to sporadic spread of Covid-19 in different parts of Vietnam. However, with the spread of Covid-19 now under control training sessions have now resumed.
In Bangladesh, seven factories have been enrolled in the HERessentials virtual training program.
In India, we are excited to share that Kmart Group is sponsoring the translation of the HERessentials training materials in two languages - Hindi & Tamil. Once this work is complete, training can begin.