OUR COMMITMENT
HER FUTURE

At ANN INC., we believe every woman deserves a chance to be her best self every day. Through our Responsibly ANN commitment, we’re dedicated to empowering 100,000 women in our global supply chain community who make our beautiful products. By providing health and financial education, we are giving women all over the world the opportunity to reach their full potential. It’s our commitment. It’s her future.

  
WE ARE COMMITTED TO EMPOWERING 100,000 WOMEN
IN OUR GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN BY 2018.
  • 2014
    30,000
    WOMEN EMPOWERED
    Beginning with a commitment to the Women’s Empowerment Principles, ANN INC. has launched a new multi-year strategy to further support the women in our global supply chain by increasing access to health and financial well-being programs and promoting safe and equal working conditions.
  • 2016
    50,000
    WOMEN EMPOWERED
    ANN INC. will continue to expand our commitment to additional factories in the supply chain, reaching approximately half of the women who make our products globally.
  • 2018
    100,000
    WOMEN EMPOWERED
    By 2018, we will have expanded our commitment throughout our global supply chain, having a positive impact on 100,000 women worldwide.
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EMPOWERING WOMEN

ANN INC. is committed to positively impacting the lives of 100,000 women across its Suppliers’ factories over the next five years by providing services in four core areas: Health Education, Financial Literacy Training, Empowering Workplaces and Enabling a Supply Chain Supporting Women.

EMPOWERMENT STARTS WITH EDUCATION

One of the key ways we are impacting women is by providing them with BSR’s HERhealth and HERfinance programs. Learn more about these programs and the impacts we are already observing at our Suppliers’ factories.


HERHEALTH CURRICULUM

BSR developed the HERhealth Curriculum in partnership with local partner organizations and global health and development experts. The Curriculum is based on best practices from health education training sessions, and learnings from working in factories and farms around the world. Program topics cover issues that directly impact women and their families, and range from waterborne illness to eating healthy to maternal health and family planning.



HERHEALTH IMPACT

The HERhealth program is delivering real results. Across the participating factories, the following improvements have been observed amongst female participants:




HERFINANCE CURRICULUM

The mission of HERfinance is to build the financial capacity of low-income workers in global supply chains by delivering workplace-based financial education programs and connecting factory employees to appropriate financial services. The HERfinance Curriculum was developed based on globally recognized best practices in financial literacy training, and covers topics such as financial planning, savings, borrowing responsibly, and how to talk about finances as a family.



HERFINANCE IMPACT

HERfinance is already seeing real results. Across the factories that have participated, female participants have:




  • EMPOWERING
    ARTISAN WOMEN

    Artisan work can give women a source of income that helps them support their families and improve the quality of their lives. This is why we are committed to introducing the HERhealth training to artisan communities, including a village in a remote region of the Indian Himalayas, enabling the women and families of these regions to benefit from access to health education.

  • PROVIDING HEALTH EDUCATION

    As part of our 100,000 Women Commitment, through a strategic collaboration with Village Ways Charitable Trust and BSR’s HERnetwork, we are funding health education and training for the women in a small village in the Himalayas of Northern India who are weaving beautiful scarves, shawls and totes for our brands. Weaving these beautiful items allows the women of this community to develop the skills and capacities to improve their livelihoods and build better futures for themselves and their families. Through our commitment, the women will learn about nutrition, maternal health, disease prevention, basic hygiene, and more. This training will have a positive impact on the lives of over 300 women and their families in this remote village.

  • ABOUT VILLAGE WAYS
    CHARITABLE TRUST

    This artisan cooperative is led by Village Ways Charitable Trust. Working closely with the community, Village Ways Charitable Trust has provided support for artisanal groups in the Himalayas of Northern India since January 2008.The Trust aims to develop the skills and capacities of these rural communities to improve and enhance their livelihoods, while finding markets for their beautiful handmade scarves and shawls. Creating these scarves and shawls are just one of the work programs now available to them as an alternative source of income and a way to improve the quality of their lives.

  • MEET DEEPA


    Deepa is a seamstress, who completed high school and recently finished college. She has been stitching scarves for Village Ways Charitable Trust for three years. Stitching is a source of extra income for her, and she is the only one in her family who works as an artisan. She wants to continue to learn new techniques and one day become a skilled seamstress. Deepa finds the training to be very valuable to her even beyond the monetary benefit, and uses the money she earns to help her mom and dad.

    Learn more about the women of our supply chain:

GLOBAL
RESPONSIBILITY

ANN INC. is committed to building a supply chain that supports women. We are bringing this commitment to life through health and financial literacy training in factories around the world. Learn more about some of the important issues facing the women working in our Suppliers’ factories and the improvements they have seen from access to health and financial education.

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CHINA
INDIA
VIETNAM
INDONESIA
PHILIPPINES
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INDIA
VIETNAM
INDONESIA
PHILIPPINES

BANGLADESH

Women represent 85% of the garment industry in Bangladesh. At one factory, we found that women have little understanding of the risks associated with using unhygienic materials, such as cloth scraps from the factory floor, during menstruation. These women often avoid buying sanitary napkins because they are embarrassed or cannot afford the items.

IMPACT OF HERHEALTH

Through HER Health, trainers addressed common cultural myths and misconceptions related to menstrual hygiene. The factory was introduced to service providers to help make sanitary napkins both available and affordable. After the HERhealth program, participants stopped using cloth scraps from the factory floor, and increased their use of sanitary napkins. Removing the stigma around menstruation and other reproductive issues also helped women feel more comfortable seeking treatment for other health concerns.

CHINA

In China, one of the issues identified during HERhealth was that female workers were not seeking professional health care when they did not feel well and tried to cope with illnesses on their own.

IMPACT OF HERHEALTH

During the HERhealth training, Peer Educators raised awareness among workers of the importance of seeking medical help when they were not feeling well. In addition, the factory signed a long-term agreement with a community service center to provide special training on the prevention and treatment of breast cancer and cervical cancer.

INDIA

In India, we found that one of the biggest health issues facing women was limited awareness of the various family planning options available to them. There was also a strong stigma associated with people infected with HIV/AIDS and a lack of knowledge about the virus and other sexually transmitted diseases.

IMPACT OF HERHEALTH

Through the HER Health program, trainers focused on educating the women and sensitizing them to the topics of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. Once Peer Educators understood how HIV/AIDS is transmitted and who is at risk, they felt comfortable sharing the information with the other women. After the intervention, almost 100% of women understood that HIV can be prevented.

INDONESIA

In Indonesia, we found that women did not exercise regularly and were unaware of the health benefits of regular activity. Because they were not taking care of their bodies they were often suffering from back and shoulder pain and fatigue after work.

IMPACT OF HERHEALTH

To address this issue, one factory in Indonesia instituted daily morning exercise sessions to increase the health and strength of its employees. Not only did this exercise routine encourage physical activity among workers, it raised awareness of the importance of regular exercise, and decreased the amount of fatigue experienced by the workforce.

PHILIPPINES

In the Philippines, there is an opportunity to increase access to reproductive health information and services. Our trainings will provide opportunities for women to learn about reproductive health and family planning.

VIETNAM

In Vietnam, the cancer mortality rate is much higher than the world average and the average for developing countries. There is a growing need for more information on breast cancer and how to self detect suspected symptoms. At one of ANN INC.’s Supplier’s factories, only 50% of women had ever heard of breast cancer, showing the importance of raising awareness of this issue.

IMPACT OF HERHEALTH

During the HERhealth intervention, there was a strong focus on raising awareness of breast cancer and the importance of early detection. Peer Educator trainings included important facts on the disease and provided guidance on how to conduct self-breast examinations. Knowledge of the disease and early detection increased dramatically and will hopefully have a huge impact on the women’s health.

 

REAL WOMEN
& THEIR STORIES

Hear from some of the women who have already been positively impacted from the programs.

Wan Zhang

Quality Management
Panyu, China


I have 10 years of working experience in the garment industry. I live in Panyu with my son who is in high-school. I love Chinese New Year because it is a long holiday and I can spend time with family. Joining the HERproject recently helped to enrich my health knowledge, and especially helped me to clear a lot of uncertainty. I have learned that regular check-ups and treatment at early stage are very important.

Fen Yan

Sewer
Panyu, China


I have been working as a sewer for 3 years now. While, my hometown is Heyuan, Guangdong, I now live in Panyu with my husband and two lovely sons. I was inspired by the knowledge that other lady workers received through the HERproject training, so I decided that I wanted to become a Peer Educator too. From the training, I learned about gynecological as well as psychological health, so whenever I am stressed, I know how to solve these issues. Through the HERproject, I feel that I am more active, happy and motivated.

Before I became a peer educator, all I ever did was come to work and take care of my family, nothing else. My life became so fulfilled after I became a Peer Educator.

Gui fang

Quality Management
Panyu, China


I have more than 11 years of working experience in the garment industry. I live in Panyu with my husband and my 17-year old son, who is in high-school. After the HERproject women’s health training last year, I learned the symptoms of some gynecological sicknesses, how to prevent them and what kind of symptoms to look for. I also learned about the importance of women’s health, and how being healthy allows us to work and take care of our families. I can now answer my fellow workers’ questions and can explain to them how to properly care for themselves. I like that I am able to share my knowledge with my friends and colleagues.

I am empowered by being a Peer Educator of the HERproject, which helped me to understand more about other women and myself.

Tham

Quality Assurance
Binh Duong, Vietnam


I have 6 years experience in the garment industry. I come from a family of 10 people, and my father lives with my younger sister in my hometown of Kien Giang Province and I am a sponsor for them. The HERproject was the first time I joined a health care training program. It improved my knowledge about nutrition and relaxing. Before I didn’t care much about these matters, but after this program, I have learned that these are very important. I enjoy sharing what I learned in training with my colleagues and my friends.

Before participating in the program, most of us haven’t taken much care of our health. But after the program we know how to treasure ourselves and better take care of our family members.

Chinh

Utility Officer
Hai Duong, Vietnam


Chinh has worked in Hai Duong for 3 years and has 6 years of experience in the garment industry. Chinh has a husband and a 5 year old son, and she is pregnant with their second child. Chinh enjoys playing with her son and cooking her favorite dishes for her family and friends. The introduction of the HERproject to her factory has given Chinh greater access to information about her pregnancy, what to expect caring for a newborn, and resources concerning her post-childbirth health. Chinh is excited to welcome a healthy baby in a few months. Chinh considers herself to be a very open person who enjoys helping others, and she hopes to have the opportunity to support and empower other women through the HERproject.

Quynh

Sewing Leader
Binh Duong, Vietnam


I have 6 years of garment industry experience. I live in Binh Duong with my husband who also works at the same factory. I think that women’s health education is very important since we need to take care of ourselves and our families. I feel honored to be one of 40 Peer Educators in my factory in the HERproject program, which provides training on women’s health care and reproductive health before and after childbirth. I like to share the knowledge I gained through training with my family and friends, as well as female workers in the company.

It’s my honor to be a Peer Educator and to share the knowledge with my family and friends.

Yong Hong

Sewing line leader
Panyu, China


I have almost 11 years of working experience in the garment industry. I have been living in Panyu for 13 years now, and my husband and I both work at the same factory. We have two daughters and they are studying at the junior school near the factory. After the HERproject training I am aware of my own health including how to do self-examinations, prevent common gynecological sicknesses, and how to relieve stress from work. With my new health knowledge, I will try to influence my family and friends to change their daily habits and to develop a healthier lifestyle. It’s great that we can all work happily together, that’s why I love being a Peer Educator.

Of course health is very important to everyone, it is even more important to women because we have the same workload as men, and after work, have to take care of their families and educate the children.

Muni Devi

Seamstress
Uttrakhand, India


Muni Devi is a stitcher and has been with for Village Ways Charitable Trust for five years. She loves learning and developing her skills. She is hoping to become a skilled seamstress as she continues her training. Muni Devi smiles brightly when asked about her two children- a teenage son and daughter who are doing well in school and always help out around the house. Muni is proud to be the breadwinner of the family.

Pooja

Weaver
Uttrakhand, India


Pooja is a weaver and has been with Village Ways Charitable Trust for over a year. She is married with two children, a boy and a girl. Her husband works away from home, and weaving enables her to earn a second income which helps to create a better life for her family.

“I like working with Village Ways Charitable Trust. I realized if I wanted to better my children’s lives I needed to stand on my own feet and earn a living. I enjoy weaving, it is a lovely skill. I feel that if I continue to get this work I will be able to support my family. I want to educate my children so they can have a better life. I enjoy working with Village Ways Charitable Trust. They give us pride of work and income. We feel respected. Weaving these beautiful scarves gives us so much hope, a hope of a better life for our children.”

Deepa

Seamtress
Uttrakhand, India


Deepa is a seamstress, who completed high school and recently finished college. She has been stitching scarves for Village Ways Charitable Trust for three years. Stitching is a source of extra income for her, and she is the only one in her family who works as an artisan. She wants to continue to learn new techniques and one day become a skilled seamstress. Deepa finds the training to be very valuable to her even beyond the monetary benefit, and uses the money she earns to help her mom and dad.
 

Wan Zhang
In-line quality management
Panyu, China

I have 10 years of working experience in the garment industry. I live in Panyu with my son who is in high-school. I love Chinese New Year because it is a long holiday and I can spend time with family. Joining the HERproject recently helped to enrich my health knowledge, and especially helped me to clear a lot of uncertainty. I have learned that regular check-ups and treatment at early stage are very important.

Fen Yan
Sewer
Panyu, China

I have been working as a sewer for 3 years now. While, my hometown is Heyuan, Guangdong, I now live in Panyu with my husband and two lovely sons. I was inspired by the knowledge that other lady workers received through the HERproject training, so I decided that I wanted to become a Peer Educator too. From the training, I learned about gynecological as well as psychological health, so whenever I am stressed, I know how to solve these issues. Through the HERproject, I feel that I am more active, happy and motivated.

Before I became a peer educator, all I ever did was come to work and take care of my family, nothing else. My life became so fulfilled after I became a Peer Educator.

Gui Fang
Quality Management
Panyu, China

I have more than 11 years of working experience in the garment industry. I live in Panyu with my husband and my 17-year old son, who is in high-school. After the HERproject women’s health training last year, I learned the symptoms of some gynecological sicknesses, how to prevent them and what kind of symptoms to look for. I also learned about the importance of women’s health, and how being healthy allows us to work and take care of our families. I can now answer my fellow workers’ questions and can explain to them how to properly care for themselves. I like that I am able to share my knowledge with my friends and colleagues.

I am empowered by being a Peer Educator of the HERproject, which helped me to understand more about other women and myself.

Tham
Quality Assurance
Binh Duong, Vietnam

I have 6 years experience in the garment industry. I come from a family of 10 people, and my father lives with my younger sister in my hometown of Kien Giang Province and I am a sponsor for them. The HERproject was the first time I joined a health care training program. It improved my knowledge about nutrition and relaxing. Before I didn’t care much about these matters, but after this program, I have learned that these are very important. I enjoy sharing what I learned in training with my colleagues and my friends.

Before participating in the program, most of us haven’t taken much care of our health. But after the program we know how to treasure ourselves and better take care of our family members.

Chinh
Utility Officer
Hai Duong, Vietnam

Chinh has worked in Hai Duong for 3 years and has 6 years of experience in the garment industry. Chinh has a husband and a 5 year old son, and she is pregnant with their second child. Chinh enjoys playing with her son and cooking her favorite dishes for her family and friends. The introduction of the HERproject to her factory has given Chinh greater access to information about her pregnancy, what to expect caring for a newborn, and resources concerning her post-childbirth health. Chinh is excited to welcome a healthy baby in a few months. Chinh considers herself to be a very open person who enjoys helping others, and she hopes to have the opportunity to support and empower other women through the HERproject.

Quynh
Sewing Leader
Binh Duong, Vietnam

I have 6 years of garment industry experience. I live in Binh Duong with my husband who also works at the same factory. I think that women’s health education is very important since we need to take care of ourselves and our families. I feel honored to be one of 40 Peer Educators in my factory in the HERproject program, which provides training on women’s health care and reproductive health before and after childbirth. I like to share the knowledge I gained through training with my family and friends, as well as female workers in the company.

It’s my honor to be a Peer Educator and to share the knowledge with my family and friends.

Yong Hong
Sewing line leader
Panyu, China

I have almost 11 years of working experience in the garment industry. I have been living in Panyu for 13 years now, and my husband and I both work at the same factory. We have two daughters and they are studying at the junior school near the factory. After the HERproject training I am aware of my own health including how to do self-examinations, prevent common gynecological sicknesses, and how to relieve stress from work. With my new health knowledge, I will try to influence my family and friends to change their daily habits and to develop a healthier lifestyle. It’s great that we can all work happily together, that’s why I love being a Peer Educator.

Of course health is very important to everyone, it is even more important to women because we have the same workload as men, and after work, have to take care of their families and educate the children.

Muni Devi
Seamstress
Uttrakhand, India

Muni Devi is a stitcher and has been with for Village Ways Charitable Trust for five years. She loves learning and developing her skills. She is hoping to become a skilled seamstress as she continues her training. Muni Devi smiles brightly when asked about her two children- a teenage son and daughter who are doing well in school and always help out around the house. Muni is proud to be the breadwinner of the family.

Pooja
Weaver
Uttrakhand, India

Pooja is a weaver and has been with Village Ways Charitable Trust for over a year. She is married with two children, a boy and a girl. Her husband works away from home, and weaving enables her to earn a second income which helps to create a better life for her family.

“I like working with Village Ways Charitable Trust. I realized if I wanted to better my children’s lives I needed to stand on my own feet and earn a living. I enjoy weaving, it is a lovely skill. I feel that if I continue to get this work I will be able to support my family. I want to educate my children so they can have a better life. I enjoy working with Village Ways Charitable Trust. They give us pride of work and income. We feel respected. Weaving these beautiful scarves gives us so much hope, a hope of a better life for our children.”

Deepa
Seamtress
Uttrakhand, India

Deepa is a seamstress, who completed high school and recently finished college. She has been stitching scarves for Village Ways Charitable Trust for three years. Stitching is a source of extra income for her, and she is the only one in her family who works as an artisan. She wants to continue to learn new techniques and one day become a skilled seamstress. Deepa finds the training to be very valuable to her even beyond the monetary benefit, and uses the money she earns to help her mom and dad.

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