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UN Women Global Partnership

Through our joint project with UN Women, we aim to create an enabling environment for all women in our business and those in our company to play an active role in society. Chairman, President and CEO,
FAST RETAILING CO., LTD
Tadashi Yanai

By focusing on women's economic empowerment and providing women workers with access to specialized training and capacity-building, we are together taking a critical step to galvanize change in the garment industry. UN Women Executive Director
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Career development of women in the garment industry

While female workers account for around 80 percent of the apparel industry, it is often difficult for them to develop sustainable and fulfilling careers.

The first formal alliance

This is the first formal alliance between UN Women and a clothing company based in Asia.

Specialised training in three countries

The project will target partner factories in Bangladesh, China and Vietnam, to identify gender-based challenges and responding to the findings, UNIQLO and UN Women will jointly implement specialised training for female workers selected from 200 partner factories.

Diversity and worker empowerment Initiatives

2019 -Signed Global Partnership with UN Women to empower female workers in the apparel industry. -Program development to provide specialised training for female workers in partner factories. -Appointed first female Chief Executive Officer(CEO) for UNIQLO Japan. -Moved the Diversity and Inclusion Office from Human Resources to the direct management of the president.
2018 -The percentage of women in management positions across the Fast Retailing Group reached 36%, exceeding 30% target for fiscal year 2020. -Opened in-house childcare centre for employees at Tokyo and Ariake head offices in Japan. -Introduced a flexitime work system and babysitter subsidy program for eligible Fast Retailing Group head office employees in Japan.
2017 Introduced a new work-from-home arrangement for eligible Fast Retailing Group head office employees in Japan.
2016 Launched the "Factory Worker Empowerment Project" to provide educational support for female garment workers in Bangladesh and Indonesia.
2015 Established Diversity and Inclusion Office in the Human Resources Department.
2013 Established a scholarship of USD 1 million over five years for students at the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh.

Fast Retailing UNIQLO Initiatives to support female workers at partner factories