I wrote a new post last Friday for Millenial Influx and #WCJ (Wheaton College Journalism) on Gap Foundation’s P.A.C.E. program, which seeks to empower female factory workers through education and career guidance. This was timely in light of yet another factory tragedy in Bangladesh last week :http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57606628/bangladesh-garment-factory-fire-kills-10/
I will be transparent and say this: I have worked for Gap, Inc. for over a year (Banana Republic) and am currently trying to look into the possibility of Gap, Inc. creating an internship for me this summer, where I would work for the P.A.C.E. program.
I understand Gap’s stance post- factory collapse last April (Rana Plaza), but also think that MORE needs to be done if they refuse to be held legally responsible. (Being an employee of the company, I got to hear more reasoning behind Gap’s decision to not sign the treaty/agreement made by British retailers and instead to make their own with several other big American retailers.
That being said, I think programs like P.A.C.E. really matter. Having a presence on the ground, in the situation, and bettering the lives of their employees by empowering them to help themselves is something I believe in at my core. For that reason, I was really excited to write this article.
Read about Gap’s secret weapon in fighting factory controversy HERE
Here’s an excerpt from the post:
Gap, Inc., the $6 billion retailer with millions of Millennials for customers, has some ground to make up. Coming under fire last year for their controversial response to the April 2013 Rana Plaza factory collapse in which 1,132 garment workers died and another 2,500 were seriously injured, Gap Inc. is looking for a progressive solution to bettering conditions for factory workers in production countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Cambodia. This iconic American company may have found its solution in P.A.C.E., the Gap Foundation’s program to empower female factory workers (who make up 80% of factory workers) and to give them education and training to advance their careers – and their lives.