Gender and global supply chains

Course | 24 March, 30 June | London

Globally, women and girls are more likely than men to be employed in low skilled jobs, including informal or precarious work, without access to adequate protections. They often lack the knowledge and skills to progress to more stable, better paid employment, which keeps them trapped in a cycle of vulnerability and exploitation. Without a conscious investment towards understanding and addressing the root causes of inequality in the workplace, the reality for the millions of women workers that are found in supply chains, is poor and unsafe working conditions, as well as wages that are not enough to make ends meet.

Course aims

This course aims to develop your understanding of gender equality as both an enabler and a driver of better working conditions for both women and men workers. You will be given the tools to assess your supply chain and identify the risks that women face in the workplace, as well as how to develop  appropriate actions that not only mitigate the risks but also work towards greater respect for women worker’s rights. The course takes a blended learning approach, enabling you to work on the practical application of learning as well as engage in peer learning with other participants.

By the end of this training you will:

  • Understand key concepts around gender equality
  • Understand inequality in the supply chain and why the focus is on women
  • Make the business case for greater gender equality
  • Understand how to apply gender sensitive due diligence in relation to the supply chain
  • Understand the cross-cutting nature of gender equality as critical for achieving all the ETI Base Code standards

Who is this course for?

The course is aimed at people with strategic and operational roles in sustainability, ethical trade, social impact and human rights at companies of all sectors, NGOs and Trade Unions. You may be an ethical trading manager, CSR professional or compliance officer. The course is also suitable for human resource professionals and those involved in investor/stakeholder relations.