The substantial attention on women’s contributions to and challenges within the global apparel sector over the last decade has spurred many initiatives seeking to improve working conditions, build skills, and promote well-being for women workers. This business brief, prepared by BSR, proposes three areas where apparel companies can build from this strong foundation to better drive improvements in outcomes for women workers and promote women’s economic empowerment around the world—comprehensively addressing informality, going further to end violence, and joining global efforts to recognize childcare needs.

This brief summarizes and highlights key findings from in-depth research conducted by the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) for the apparel sector community. The brief, and the underlying research conducted by ICRW, were supported by C&A Foundation and the Levi Strauss Foundation.

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