GENDER

UN WOMEN
GLOBAL
PARTNERSHIP

Contributing to inclusive social environments for all women

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

UN WOMEN GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP
  • Career formation 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.

  • Specialized training in 3 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 specialized training for female workers selected from 200 partner factories.

UN Women: The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

UN Women is the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide in 2010.

Diversity and Worker Empowerment Initiatives

  • 2019

    Signed Global Partnership with UN Women to empower female workers in apparel industry.
    Program development to provide specialized 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 Department 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 2020.

    Opened an in-house childcare center for employees at Tokyo and Ariake head offices in Japan.

    Introduced a flextime 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

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