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.


  • 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 partner with global suppliers that share our values and follow our principles and guidelines for safe and positive working conditions. Learn more about the opportunities for improved health and financial literacy education in the countries where we are bringing our commitment to life.

BANGLADESH
CHINA
INDIA
VIETNAM
INDONESIA
PHILIPPINES
BANGLADESH
CHINA
INDIA
VIETNAM
INDONESIA
PHILIPPINES
Bangladesh

Women represent 85% of the garment industry in Bangladesh. In addition to working with our partners to provide safe working conditions, our projects will teach female factory workers about nutrition and the importance of balanced diets to stay healthy on the job and at home.
China

Our programs in China build confidence and interpersonal skills by creating an opportunity for workers to discuss their health issues with one another in a safe environment.
India

In India, the majority of factory workers do not have bank accounts. Our financial literacy trainings will teach workers about budgeting, saving and using financial services.
Vietnam

In Vietnam, we will teach women about personal hygiene and family planning so that they miss fewer days at work and live healthy lives.
Indonesia

Our programs in Indonesia are teaching women about maternal health and their rights in the workplace so that they are healthier and are more empowered.
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.

BANGLADESH

Women represent 85% of the garment industry in Bangladesh. In addition to working with our partners to provide safe working conditions, our projects will teach female factory workers about nutrition and the importance of balanced diets to stay healthy on the job and at home.

CHINA

Our programs in China build confidence and interpersonal skills by creating an opportunity for workers to discuss their health issues with one another in a safe environment.

INDIA

In India, the majority of factory workers do not have bank accounts. Our financial literacy trainings will teach workers about budgeting, saving and using financial services.

INDONESIA

Our programs in Indonesia are teaching women about maternal health and their rights in the workplace so that they are healthier and are more empowered.

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, we will teach women about personal hygiene and family planning so that they miss fewer days at work and live healthy lives.
 

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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