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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.


1.4M+ women and girls have been reached through P.A.C.E./RISE since 2007



By 2025 

100% of our strategic factories* will be investing in women’s empowerment through participation in P.A.C.E./RISE

54% of strategic factories have at least 50% of their female workers enrolled in or completed the P.A.C.E./RISE curriculum 

98% of strategic factories have institutionalized P.A.C.E./RISE 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./RISE in two settings:

P.A.C.E. Workplace/RISE

To amplify the Gap Inc. Personal Advancement & Career Enhancement (P.A.C.E.) program, we have begun integrating P.A.C.E. Workplace into Reimagining Industry to Support Equality (RISE), an industry collaboration created to advance gender equality in global garment, footwear, and home textiles supply chains.Along with Business for Social Responsibility’s (BSR) HERproject™, CARE International, and ILO-IFC Better Work, Gap Inc. is a founding member of RISE.

Together with industry partners, we are using the P.A.C.E./RISE curriculum to harness the power of collective action to deploy sustainable, systemic, and scaled 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.   

At Gap Inc., we have integrated P.A.C.E./RISE 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./RISE, 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. 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.