In Turkey, Varner is working in partnership with organisations to provide a programme for raising awareness among employees and management at the factories.
“We’ve seen differences between men and women when it comes to working conditions in Turkey, and we try to focus on this by running courses on gender-based violence, discrimination, pay, working conditions and everyone’s right and access to a career path,” states Vegard.
Risk areas for female workers in the textile mill sector
We won’t necessarily work in sequence through the supply chain when it’s clear to us that there’s a major risk in respect of discrimination. Instead, we’d rather go directly to the link where that risk may be most acute. That is why Varner has committed to go on working with prevention and training in the risk areas in South India, where young women have frequently been forced to endure disgraceful working conditions in the textile mill sector.
“The textile mill sector is three links down the supply chain, which is an area that Varner is constantly aiming to access”, says Vegard. “We aim directly for this link in the supply chain and emphasise the challenges faced there.
“In this respect, the challenges relate to exploitation of women in the workplace, due in part to the cultural importance of marriage,” he continues. “Girls often have to help earn their own traditional dowry, so they’re forced to leave school early and are sent to factories to work.”
Work done by under-age girls is strictly prohibited by Varner, and a programme to prevent this was launched a few years ago in partnership with Varner, SAVE and two British companies – Next and The Very Group.
Find out more about how we make sure people have good working conditions at the factories.
Schools funded by Bik Bok
Bik Bok launched a partnership with Plan International in 2011, supporting their global “Because I am a Girl” initiative, which aims to end gender discrimination, promote the rights of girls and lift millions of girls – and everyone around them – out of poverty.
Bik Bok launched its very own “Girls’ Right to Education” initiative in 2014 in partnership with Plan International with a view to addressing the barriers that prevent girls from completing their education. The schools project ran in Vietnam for three consecutive years from 2014, and later in Bangladesh over three years from 2018. These initiatives helped to raise NOK 3 million, which was spent on improving the lives of almost 1200 children.
Find out more about the projects implemented in partnership with Plan International.
Would you like to know more about Varner’s work with clothing production, sustainability and the environment? The Varner Sustainability Report 2022, the Varner Sustainability Report 2021 and the Varner Sustainability Report 2020 you will find everything you need to know, and a bit more.
You can also send an email directly to [email protected] if there’s anything else you’d like to know about how we work with sustainability.
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