EMPOWERING WORKERS FOR LIFE FACTORY WORKER EMPOWERMENT PROJECT

Making a difference at our partner factories

UNIQLO will donate part of the proceeds from select products to programs that provide educational support for female garment workers. The program helps these women to acquire a range of living skills, notably in basic nutrition, hygiene and healthcare.

About the Project

In Bangladesh and Indonesia, two countries where UNIQLO production takes place, inadequate education systems are a social concern. Basic educational opportunities are particularly limited for workers in the garment industry. This means garment workers often lack knowledge that could improve their health, safety and management of household finances - for themselves and their families. UNIQLO has launched a new collection of which a portion of the proceeds goes to programs supported by Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), an international nonprofit organization that provides educational support for workers in developing nations.
The program helps workers to acquire a range of living skills, notably in basic nutrition, hygiene and healthcare relating to pregnancy and childbirth, as well as household management.
UNIQLO hopes to empower people for life by improving health standards and helping individuals manage their finances.
The project was launched in Bangladesh In April 2015, and in Indonesia in June 2016.

Bangladesh (Launched April 2015)

In April 2015, UNIQLO began offering a women's collection of items that were inspired by the traditional clothing of Bangladesh in 14 countries. A part of the proceeds is funding educational programs for women who work at UNIQLO partner sewing factories in Bangladesh. One social challenge facing Bangladesh is an inadequate education system. A vast majority of the women who work at the sewing factories have limited opportunities for even basic education.
The education programs, which include nutrition and management of health and hygiene, have led to improvements in health and a greater morale according to employee surveys. At one factory, the absentee rate due to sick leave has declined by 36%.

Indonesia (Launched June 2016)

"In June 2016, UNIQLO began offering a collection of items featuring traditional motifs of Indonesian batik, a heritage that was included on the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritages of Humanity in 2009 for its technique, symbolism and culture". A part of the proceeds is funding employee education programs at UNIQLO partner sewing factories in Indonesia. UNIQLO discovered that hygiene and health management of the employees at sewing factories requires improvement. Bangladesh's program (above) has been adapted for Indonesia. UNIQLO is working to reach approximately 12,000 people through this program within 3 years.

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