Gap Inc. commits to adapt and expand P.A.C.E. to reach a total of one million women and girls over the next five years. To achieve this goal, Gap Inc. will aggressively expand P.A.C.E within its own supply chain to serve more than 450,000 women garment workers. Gap Inc. will also collaborate with new and existing partners (including others in the garment industry, diverse corporations, development agencies, and NGOs) to serve more than 500,000 additional women and girls outside of its own supply chain in both manufacturing and community settings. This will allow expansion to geographies, industries, and sectors beyond those where Gap Inc. has a direct interest.
With support from its program design partners, ICRW and the Swasti Health Resource Center, Gap Inc. will develop two new P.A.C.E. curricula. Through new curriculum development, Gap Inc. will transition P.A.C.E. from a single program to the P.A.C.E. Academy, a suite of learning programs that allows for various entry points addressing the needs of girls and women.
The first new curriculum will target adolescent girls ages 13-18. Desired outcomes include improved understanding of self-identity; greater self-confidence and awareness; development of goals and aspirations for the future, and an understanding of the information and skills required to fulfill them. Over the course of the commitment, Gap Inc. anticipates that this curriculum will be offered to 100,000 girls.
The second new curriculum will be a womens leadership curriculum that will support each participants advancement in the workplace, her personal growth as a leader in her community, or the further development of her entrepreneurial skill. Desired outcomes include capacity building to lead others, to manage purpose and vision, and to set goals and drive for results. Over the course of the commitment, Gap Inc. anticipates that this curriculum will be offered to 150,000 women.
Gap Inc. currently works with two global NGOs, CARE and Swasti Health Resource Center, to implement P.A.C.E. in settings outside of its own supply chain. Moving forward, Gap Inc. commits to extend no-fee licensing agreements to a maximum of five global NGOs. The licensing agreements will be awarded based on the organizations documented success in implementing similar programs and their ability to scale and sustain P.A.C.E. over time, independent of Gap Inc.s involvement. All partners will be required to adhere to reporting requirements determined by Gap Inc. Through these agreements, new partners will be able to access the P.A.C.E. Academy curricula for use within their own programmatic structure.
Gap Inc. will also pursue agreements with other brands, corporations, and academic and vocational schools to expand the implementation of P.A.C.E. curricula in a sustainable manner. Seed monies can be made available to new partners and to academic and vocational schools for the development of P.A.C.E. programs within their institutions of learning. Where it cannot provide financial support, Gap Inc. will collaborate with its partners to seek funding from governments, development agencies, individuals, or other institutional funders for the implementation of the P.A.C.E. curricula in identified settings.
To ensure consistency and continuity of implementation, Gap Inc. will support all implementing partners by training P.A.C.E. instructors, and providing refresher trainings as needed.
Gap Inc. will continue to focus efforts on the expansion of P.A.C.E. within its supply chain, and has developed a plan through which more than 450,000 female garment workers will have participated in the program by 2020 year end. Based on Gap Inc.s supply chain alone, participant goals have been set by year.
Gap Inc. currently extends a Training of Trainers program to new partners as needed and will continue with that approach through 2016. Beginning in 2017, Gap Inc. will primarily implement regional trainings on a quarterly basis, whereby training can take place in larger groups.
Gap Inc. Supply Chain: 46,359
Community Settings: 28,000
Other key deliverables: Develop P.A.C.E curricula for women leaders (March 2016) and P.A.C.E. curricula for adolescent girls (June 2016).
Gap Inc. Supply Chain: 53,349
Community Settings: 56,000
Gap Inc. Supply Chain: 86,339
Community Settings: 135,000
Gap Inc. Supply Chain: 119,329
Community Settings: 175,000
Gap Inc. Supply Chain: 152,319
Community Settings: 200,000
Due to any variety of reasons, Gap Inc. accepts that these numbers may shift, and will work closely with its manufacturing and community partners to monitor and adjust annual goals as needed. Program progress will be measured against the annual goals. As shifts happen, the larger goal of one million women and girls will be maintained. Progress against that goal of one million women and girls (regardless of the channel) is the ultimate measure of success for the program and this commitment.
In many newer emerging markets, womens economic growth and advancement is limited. Educational opportunities are not always available, and from a young age they can spend most of their time attending to family and household chores. Many women grow up in an environment where they have little or no say in the things that most directly affect their lives. This can lead to a lack of self-confidence and self-esteem, which can lead them to suppress their dreams and desires. Because they have spent most of their time taking care of household chores and attending to the needs of others, they have not had the opportunity to learn the most basic life skills that can help them fulfill their dreams. Those who gain employment in the formal sector often remain in entry level positions with few opportunities to advance. While they have the capacity to learn, they have often not been given the opportunities to gain the knowledge and skills they need to advance both in their personal lives and in their careers.
To address these challenges, Gap Inc. partnered with the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) and committed in 2007 to develop a new womens empowerment initiative to be implemented in Gap-contracted manufacturing facilities. As a result of this collaboration, and by partnering with Swasti Health Resource Center, Gap Inc. launched the Personal Advancement and Career Enhancement Program (P.A.C.E.), and made a further commitment in 2009 to continue the expansion of the program.
P.A.C.E. helps women acquire the confidence needed to improve their lives at home and in the workplace by providing them with foundational life skills such as communication, problem solving and decision making, time and stress management, general and reproductive health, and financial literacy. Designed as a proprietary workplace program, P.A.C.E. has been implemented in over 70 manufacturing facilities in nine countries. In 2013 Gap Inc., began expanding the program to community settings including other industry workplaces, universities, and vocational schools. Through partnerships with Swasti Health Resource Center, and CARE International, community programs have been implemented in six countries. To date, more than 30,000 woman have participated in P.A.C.E. programs offered in Gap-contracted manufacturing facilities or in community settings.