P.A.C.E. and Empower@Work

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All women and girls deserve to reach their full potential and to find and use their voices. Unfortunately, gender inequality is a persistent global issue that has impacted women and girls in devastating ways, from their experience with gender-based violence and discrimination to their lack of representation and voice in positions of power at work, in their communities, in government and beyond.

Goals

Progress

By 2022

Reach 1 million women and girls through P.A.C.E.

2021 - ACHIEVED

For the past 15 years, Gap Inc.’s P.A.C.E. program has provided women and girls in the global apparel industry the opportunity to thrive with foundational life skills, technical training and support to advance at work, in their lives, and in their communities. We’re proud to announce that more than 1 million women and girls have directly participated in the program across 19 countries, giving women a voice and an opportunity to positively change the trajectory of their lives.

By 2025 

100% of our strategic factories* will be investing in women’s empowerment through participation in Empower@Work

To be measured by:

Percent of strategic factories where at least 50% of the factory’s female workers have been enrolled in P.A.C.E./Empower@Work curriculum; and percent of strategic factories that have institutionalized Empower@Work as part of their HR management systems

By 2025 

100% of Gap and Athleta brand factories will participate in Empower@Work

To be measured by:

Percent of strategic factories where at least 50% of the factory’s female workers have been enrolled in P.A.C.E./Empower@Work curriculum; and percent of strategic factories that have institutionalized Empower@Work as part of their HR management systems

 

*Strategic factories represent 80% of our business spend

Our Approach

We launched our innovative Personal Advancement & Career Enhancement (P.A.C.E.) program in 2007 to support the women in our supply chain with a practical education curriculum. Since then, we have expanded the program to community settings and more countries to unlock new possibilities for women and adolescent girls around the world with foundational life skills and technical training. Today, we collaborate with several partners to deliver P.A.C.E. in two settings:
 

P.A.C.E. in the Workplace

Together with industry partners, we are using the P.A.C.E. curriculum to harness the power of collective action to deploy sustainable, systemic, and scalable programs that empower women workers, embed gender equality in business practice, and catalyze policy and systems change by aligning women’s empowerment training and skill-building efforts across the apparel industry.  

In 2019, we became a founding member of Empower@Work, a collaboration with ILO-Better Work, BSR HERproject, CARE and the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) to support the expansion of women’s empowerment programs in other workplace settings.

At Gap Inc., we have integrated P.A.C.E. participation as a factor of our International Sourcing vendor scorecard so that our vendors understand that this program is a strategic priority and an expectation of our commercial partnership with them.  

In addition to P.A.C.E. and Empower@Work, we have Capability Building programs aimed at positively impacting the lives of women in our factories around the world. Together, these programs provide a comprehensive and holistic engagement model for facilities to improve labor standards, benefit workers—particularly women—and support business continuity and resiliency in our supply chain. 
 

P.A.C.E. in the Community

Our commitment to the women and girls in the P.A.C.E. program is equally as important as our commitment to creating partnerships that empower women and girls. As a global business, Gap Inc. has tremendous reach into communities around the world. In recognition of this opportunity, we expanded P.A.C.E. in 2013 by forming strategic partnerships with government, educational and other institutions to support women in community settings.  

In 2016, we grew P.A.C.E. in the Community by introducing programming for girls ages 11–13 and 14–17. As a result, P.A.C.E. graduates have seen their own daughters gain access to training that supports better life skills that help girls be bolder, braver and able to negotiate their problems more effectively. To create a culture of gender equality, we have also developed a program for men and boys, offering them existing curriculum on topics like finance and adding a new curriculum to help them understand the experiences of women and girls.  

Since gender inequality intersects with environmental issues like the water crisis, we created a water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) curriculum in 2014, which is supporting our strategy to address water issues through the lens of people and human rights. In 2017, we leveraged the P.A.C.E. WASH curriculum to support the Women + Water Alliance.

Early in 2020 we signed a 3-year partnership with the Government of India (Ministry of Rural Development) to integrate and scale the P.A.C.E. life skills curriculum under the DDUGKY flagship program.  Under this partnership, the P.A.C.E. curriculum will be scaled to all states across the country helping young adults gain necessary skills for employability.  Since 2017 we have been partnering closely with the Apparel Training & Design Center (ATDC) in India to further support their mandate for the textile industry in the country.