Chennai, January 2018: Today, the Walmart Foundation and Swasti Health Catalyst announced more than 26,000 (21,885 women and 4,137 men) workers in 34 factories in four states – Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Punjab and the Union Territory of Daman – have been trained since the Women in Factories (WiF) program launched in 2011.
The announcement was made at the National Conference on ‘Women in Factories’ held here. The training program in India, which was launched by Swasti with funding from the Walmart Foundation, imparted critical life skills related to communication, balancing work and life, self-awareness, hygiene, reproductive health, occupational health and safety, identifying personal strengths, gender sensitivity and leadership skills.
Swasti also announced its intentions to develop and test approaches to scale-up the training in life and work skills, working with facilities and brands, and to bring the training and results to more women and more factories. This work to support the embedment of training is made possible by a grant from the Walmart Foundation.
India is one of the countries covered by the global Women in Factories program, which exceeded its goal to train 60,000 women in 150 factories by training more than 128,000 women in 181 factories in India, Bangladesh, China, El Salvador and Honduras by the end of 2017. Women factory workers have been trained in the types of skills needed to be successful in the workplace, at home and in their communities. In addition, Women in Factories curriculum, developed by CARE with funding from the Walmart Foundation, is being made available by CARE to any factory or organization interested in providing job readiness and life skills training to its workers. By making this curriculum available at no cost, the training will enable greater impact by reaching more workers throughout the global supply chain.
The Tufts University Labor Lab that conducted an impact evaluation of the WiF program found that the training has resulted in:
· Reduction in absenteeism (reduced from the baseline of 0.97 days per monthto 0.69 days per month)
· Reduction in late coming (reduced from the baseline of 0.44 days to 0.10 days per month)
· Increase in overall productivity (increased by 5%)
· Tangible impact on the health and work relationship for the trainees
· And, significantly, reduction in the gender pay gap by USD 1.35
Speaking at the conference, Joseph Julian, Director, Swasti Health Catalyst, said: “The Walmart Foundation’s commitment to economically empower women through a collaborative approach is noteworthy and we appreciate the support provided to Swasti by Walmart Foundation to successfully implement this program in India. At Swasti, we believe that we can contribute to larger development goals through an empowerment approach and particularly by empowerment of women to help them to make right choices and to lead healthy lives. This program is helping to contribute to our mission and we are extremely grateful to be part of this global effort by Walmart Foundation.”
“We are proud to support the dignity and empowerment of women who work in supply chains around the globe,” said Karrie Denniston, Senior Director for the Walmart Foundation. “We applaud the progress made by Swasti Health Catalyst in India and look forward to continued impact for women and their communities.”
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About Philanthropy at Walmart
By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. Walmart has stores in 28 countries, employing more than 2.3 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. Our philanthropy helps people live better by supporting upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where Walmart operates and inspiring our associates to give back. Whether it is helping to lead the fight against hunger in the United States with $2 billion in cash and in-kind donations or supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment through a series of grants totaling $10 million to the Women in Factories training program in Bangladesh, China, India and Central America, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are not only working to tackle key social issues, we are also collaborating with others to inspire solutions for long-lasting systemic
Swasti Health Catalyst was established in 2004 to empower people and communities, particularly the poor and marginalized, to make right choices to lead healthy lives. Swasti’s main focus lies in public health while specializing in the social and management aspects of health. Swasti Health Catalyst is part of the Catalyst Group, which comprises in addition to Swasti, Catalyst Management Services, Vrutti Livelihood Resource Centre, Green Foundation, and Fuzhio. Swasti’s core competency is in developing replicable models for scaling up, sharing best practices, cutting across the boundaries of the corporate and non-governmental sectors. The organization has been working with factories since 2006, and has reached close to 192,442 workers, the majority of whom are women, through various programs.
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