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Improving the lives of one million women and adolescent girls in Gap Inc.’s supply chain and other manufacturing and community settings through Gap Inc.’s P.A.C.E. program
Global retailer Gap Inc. joined Business Call to Action in January 2019 with a commitment to improve the lives of one million women and adolescent girls through its life skills and technical training programme. Gap Inc. aims to improve the lives of 800,000 women and adolescent girls in a community setting and 200,000 women in factory settings by the end of 2022 through the P.A.C.E. programme. Launched in 2007, Gap Inc.’s P.A.C.E. (Personal Advancement & Career Enhancement) programme was initially created to support women working in the global apparel industry and has expanded training to new locations such as schools, universities, and other manufacturing communities. The company currently operates P.A.C.E. in 16 countries and, to date, 200,000 participants have completed the programme.
Although women comprise approximately 80 percent of the global garment industry workforce, relatively few advance to higher-level management positions and many lack access to the education and skills training they need to support their personal and professional growth. Recognising this, P.A.C.E. provides the foundational life skills, technical training and education women need to advance both in the workplace and in their personal lives. The curriculum, which is contextualized to fit local priorities and customs, includes courses on communication, problem-solving, decision-making, time and stress management and financial literacy. P.A.C.E. participants report increased knowledge, skills and productivity, as well as higher self-esteem and confidence, as documented in the programme’s evaluation results.
Based on positive results from programme evaluation, the company expanded P.A.C.E. beyond the workplace setting to community locations in 2013 and then to adolescent girls in 2016 in order to help even more women and young girls to be confident, resourceful and able to plan for their future. More recently, Gap Inc. continued to expand the programme by establishing certified master trainers, making it easier for P.A.C.E. teams and implementing partners to share tools and resources. The company has also begun to license P.A.C.E. to select strategic vendors that can lead the programme in any of their facilities – even those that do not produce products for Gap Inc. – providing even more women access to P.A.C.E., while deepening the company’s relationship with its strategic vendors.
Gap Inc. worked with the International Center for Research on Women, a global institute dedicated to empowering women, to design the programme, and is working with CARE, Project Concern International, and select NGOs and academic institutions to deliver the training. The programme is free to all who participate; it is either offered through their place of employment, or though community sessions led by Gap Inc. staff and partners.
About Gap Inc.
Gap Inc. is a leading global retailer offering clothing, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic, Athleta, Hill City and Intermix brands. Fiscal year 2017 net sales were $15.9 billion. Gap Inc. products are available for purchase in more than 90 countries worldwide through company-operated stores, franchise stores, and e-commerce sites. For more information, please visit www.gapinc.com.