Posts tagged women's health
What’s in a Label? Lessons on Advancing Global Health Goals From Corporate Green Standards

As you walk through the supermarket, you’ve probably noticed labels like “Rainforest Alliance Certified,” “Fair Trade,” or “Green Seal.” These certifications were created to help consumers use their purchasing power to reward companies that treat workers fairly and limit their harm to the environment. What’s missing is health, particularly women’s health. Too often these standards focus narrowly on occupational safety rather than addressing broader, but relevant, health needs of workers.

Some advocates are trying to change that, arguing that the private sector can – through their operations and supply chains – have a major impact on gender equity and health issues like maternal, newborn, and child health; access to family planning; and reproductive health.

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Partnership in Focus: Levi Strauss & Co. on Investing in the Health of Factory Workers

Public-private partnerships create “win-win” opportunities for both the public and private sectors and have become essential elements of development projects. Traditionally, these partnerships have focused on providing funding or sharing business know-how. However, with business at the table shaping the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the private sector is increasingly recognized as a key player in delivering development solutions directly through their own operations. One company that has stepped up to this challenge is Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.). Through its Worker Well-being program, LS&Co. is moving beyonda“donoharm”  compliancemodelof   laborrightsinitsglobalsupplychain, and has integrated the health and well-being of the workers that produce their clothing into their core business agenda.

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4 ways for the private sector to support women’s health

Reflecting on what is needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, I am struck by how much work is needed to secure the place of reproductive health in discussions on gender equality and women’s economic empowerment.

From the United States Chamber of Commerce forum to the U.N. Women and U.N. Global Compact Annual Women’s Empowerment Principles Event, so much of the agenda focuses on supporting and fostering women-owned businesses and entrepreneurship, increasing the representation of women on boards and in the C-suite, and encouraging girls and young women to pursue careers in STEM fields. There is no question that these initiatives are of critical importance.

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Migrant Workers’ Right to Health: A Global Advocacy Agenda

Recent headlines describing the plight of thousands of migrants drowning at sea as they tried to make their way from Africa to Europe, are but the most recent reminders of the treacherous journey many encounter in their search for work. Yet, these and other dangers are only part of the story.

The health of migrant workers who eventually manage to find employment abroad is under-prioritized and under-protected in many countries around the world. It is natural to focus on acute violations like drownings, fires, and building collapses. But the health rights of workers extend well beyond assuring their safety. The daily, systemic violations - which are not acute and not even recognized as rights violations - need equal attention.

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