Some of the steps taken by Gap Inc. include:
- Investigating working conditions in their supply chains
- Regular corporate-wide human rights assessments conducted by internal and external experts to ensure that their employees across the enterprise are not having their human rights violated
- Globally promoting WER as a central pillar for advancing human rights protections
Gap Inc. works with their suppliers to develop multiple programmes that strengthen gender-sensitive worker representation and equal involvement in decision making. The company also focuses on grievance mechanisms that allow their workers to feel valued and engaged at work.
In 2013, after witnessing the huge impact the initiative was having, the P.A.C.E programme was expanded to include women living in communities, moving beyond the workplace. This was followed in 2016 by an outreach programme aimed at giving early valuable life skills and opportunities to adolescent girls.
P.A.C.E. is also a part of a strategy that brings philanthropy closer to business interests, people, assets and expertise. Gap Inc. demonstrated that the biggest impact of the programme was increasing women’s access to education and improved career prospects. They also found that by concentrating on gender equality in supply chains, Gap Inc. can better mitigate risks and negative impacts on their whole enterprise.