Investing in workers and the future

A garment worker in a factory in Cambodia

Promoting dignified work

Millions of people work in global supply chains, in particular women – for example, 75% of garment workers are female. But these women regularly experience harassment, are poorly paid, and lack basic employee benefits or skills training to help them thrive in the workplace. Typically, these workers suffer poor health and well-being which, unsurprisingly, negatively impacts productivity.

CARE works with employers to improve their workplace systems and empower workers so that they can raise their collective voice, advocate for gender equality, improve their prospects of career advancement, and have greater access to employee benefits like health services and maternity leave.

Our approach has been applied in the garment, hospitality and agriculture sectors. Building on our long history of improving women’s working lives in these areas, we are now extending our work to the construction industry too.

Our initiatives promoting dignified work address Sustainable Development Goals SDG 5 – gender equality and empowerment of women and girls, and SDG 8 – decent work and economic growth.

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Who we work with

M&S and GSK logos

Our partnership with M&S and GSK is empowering factory workers in Bangladesh in order to improve their health.

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Our partnership with Twinings is supporting 3,500 workers on tea estates in Sri Lanka, via CARE’s Community Development Forum model. Read more...