HERproject is a continuation and extension of BSR's 2006 CGI Commitment, which focuses on identifying and addressing critical reproductive health needs of the millions of women working in global supply chains. Women, often between the ages of 18 and 25, comprise the vast majority of workers making products for export from the developing world to the developed world. Much of this work is performed in environments where access to information about reproductive health, as well as critical services, is lacking.
MEASURES OF SUCCESS:
BSR will employ both quantitative and qualitative metrics to evaluate the impact of its women's health program. Below is a list of metrics HERproject will likely utilize:
- Number of countries in which BSR develops partnerships with local organizations;
- Number of active pilot projects across all focus countries;
- Number of peer educators trained up on country-specific women's health issues;
- Number of participating factories;
- Number of women in participating factories trained via the peer education process;
- Pre- and post-training survey results quantifying a change in awareness among women factory workers on general and reproductive health issues;
- Number of BSR member companies actively participating in women's health pilot projects;
- Development of a project website highlighting this initiative; and
- Number of downloads of reports highlighting the business case for factory-based women's general and reproductive health training from the above project website.
This project has grown out of BSR's substantial efforts to improve working conditions for the millions of workers making products as part of global trade. In 2006, BSR made its first CGI Commitment to map the unique health needs of women workers along global supply chains by focusing on research to inform the roll out of BSR's current model. With a unique network of relationships with the business community and a strong track record of fostering collaboration among the private sector, civil society, and the public sector, BSR is well-positioned to execute and build on the commitment outlined above.
BSR will use its network of 250 member companies and its vast network of suppliers to advocate for greater attention to women's health, for sharing the learnings from the work globally, and for encouraging the expansion of its program model. BSR will use its upcoming 2007 and 2008 annual conferences, the BSR website (www.bsr.org), the coming HERproject website (www.herproject.org), and BSR publications to further evangelize the message surrounding the moral and business imperatives behind health education for women factory workers.
This project is designed to address the general and reproductive health needs of factory-based women workers by: (1) strengthening the business case for factory-based women's health education programs; (2) catalyzing innovative partnerships between business and civil society to address these needs; (3) developing information and tools to promote greater engagement by the business community on these issues; and (4) replicating effective partnerships between business and civil society to improve women's general and reproductive health globally. BSR's work over the next three years will center primarily on China and South Asia, as well as on Central America / Caribbean Basin countries.
BSR will continue to leverage its 250 corporate members to build health partnerships. These partnerships leverage grant funding that enables BSR to conduct outreach to member companies and local NGOs in its focus countries to identify local service providers. Corporate partners then fund local NGOs to deliver health education and provide health services, thus supporting the development of grassroots women's health NGOs. In a selection of BSR's focus countries, technical assistance partner ESD will work with BSR, local NGOs, and companies on metrics to evaluate project impact.
Anticipated Launch: September 20, 2007. This date is exactly one-year from the start of our previous 2006 CGI commitment. Though our 2006 commitment was intended to last for approximately eighteen months, we have met the terms of that commitment and are ready to move forward with a longer and more ambitious commitment in 2007.
BSR is actively seeking financial resources of core support funding to continue expanding the HERproject initiative, support enhanced marketing and communications, improve and increase monitoring & evaluation and collection of impact data to contribute to global understanding of export-market employment and women's economic empowerment. Contact [email protected] for more information.
BSR actively seeking NGO partners who are interested to collaborate with HERproject, or to expand HERproject programs into your country. Through HERnetwork, organizations can be certified to implement the HERproject methodology, and can be connected to their network of global participating companies. Contact [email protected] for more information.
BSR is actively seeking companies that would like to implement HERhealth and HERfinance in their supply chains, and who would like to engage more broadly on gender issues in their supply chains. There are no membership fees to HERproject, and companies can participate in as many or as few countries, factories, farms, or program areas as they would like. Contact [email protected] for more information.