We want all women across our value chain to be able to fulfil their potential. The majority of the textile workers who make our clothes are women. We work with HERproject to provide women in factories with knowledge about health and finance.
HERproject are training programs for textile factories initiated by BSR. It is based on peer education trainings where the participating workers become ‘peer educators’ who spread the knowledge to other workers in the factories. It is a program that improves female textile workers wellbeing and financial strength and increases their independence and chance to fulfil their potential. HERproject reaches many people, as the textile workers share their knowledge with their family, friends and neighbours.
Now we have become conscious about our health, and we can teach other people about many health-related issues. We have influenced a lot of people this way.
Reshma Khatun Asha
a factory worker in Bangladesh that has participated in HERhealth.
There is also a strong commercial value to HERproject for the factory owners. It has shown to increase the quality and efficiency in factories, as the workers feel better. HERproject has also resulted in improved relationships between textile workers and factory management, as the workers have increased confidence in the management and the management view the workers more as individuals.
We work with two different programs within HERproject; HERhealth and HERfinance Wage Digitization.
Our goal is that by 2025, Lindex's suppliers who stand for 80 per cent of our production will have completed our Women Empowerment program.
With HERhealth, female textile workers get health education and better access to health services. The participants can choose among topics such as hygiene, safe motherhood, food and nutrition, diseases etc.
With HERfinance, textile workers get financial education on topics such as financial planning, budgeting, saving and borrowing responsibly. This program reaches both women and men, but has a particular impact on women’s financial strength since these women often lack access to and control over the household financials.
The program also includes education for workers and management in the digitisation of payroll services. By digitisation of payments, workers can have their salaries transferred to their mobile phone, which can also be used to make payments. Transitioning from cash-based payrolls to digital payrolls has many benefits such as increased security, resource efficiency and increased factory productivity.