Empowering Women in Global Supply Chains

08-03-2017

On 8 March, FTA joins the international community in celebrating International Women’s Day in the name of driving positive change for women across the globe.

Women make up well over 50% of FTA members’ supply chain workforce. As an association that promotes sustainable trade, we firmly believe that worldwide economic and social development can only be achieved to its fullest through the active engagement of everyone.

By choosing to participate in the association’s Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI), over 1,900 companies are working together to promote the rights of female workers in supply chains, provide equal opportunities and do their best to eliminate discrimination in all its forms. They do so by signing and committing to the BSCI Code of Conduct and cascading its values to their supply chain business partners.

Moreover, FTA believes in the power of partnerships and collaborations to achieve greater impact. In an effort to reinforce BSCI’s objective, we are collaborating with Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), and five other key organisations in the field of sustainable supply chains, to make women’s rights central to our strategies, guidelines and practices. This collaboration will be complemented by the development of projects on the ground in key sourcing countries, such as China, Bangladesh and India in 2017.

Finally, FTA will give centre stage to women’s empowerment when prominent experts discuss the issue live during a specially dedicated session at the FTA Conference 2017 in Brussels on 14 and 15 June.

This date is an opportunity to take stock of the progress made in protecting women’s rights and focus on the work still required to make gender equality a reality. Supply chains can only be sustainable if we invest in women’s empowerment and enable their success throughout value chains.  As an active contributor to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, FTA is also committed to working with its members at the highest level towards meeting SDG 5 to ‘achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls’, said Christian Ewert, FTA Director General and proud father of three daughters.

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