Through close working relationships and strong two-way dialogue with our suppliers, we work hard to ensure that our commitment to awareness, education and ongoing development of gender equality initiatives is embedded across all aspects of the Cotton On Group supply chain.

By applying the governing principals from our Ethical Framework, and our 14 Rules of Trade, we are committed to pursuing real solutions with our partners that support workers’ rights, including aligning with the UN Sustainable Development Goal of achieving gender equality and empowerment of all women.

In February 2019, the Group commenced an Australian industry-first partnership with CARE Australia to deliver a bespoke program to develop the life and leadership skills and career advancement of women workers.

The two year pilot project will see 2,200 garment factory workers in three Bangladesh factories undergo a unique training program, developed in consultation with garment workers and factory owners.

The Empowering Women Workers in Bangladesh project aims to increase the number of women garment workers in leadership roles in the participating factories, in addition to tackling the barriers that women face to achieve equality in the workplace, and supporting women to take control of their own lives.