Women in factories In China, women working in factories often face gender discrimination, poor access to services, significantly lower wages, and fewer promotion opportunities. Developed in partnership with Diageo, Plan W provides women in our supply chain training and practical skills including effective communication, time management, problem solving, and decision making. Women completing the program at the end of 2017 reported increased confidence, assertiveness, and effectiveness, helping them to develop their careers and become more equal in the workplace. Collectively, we enriched the lives of 20,000 women in our shared supply chain in 2017. In January 2018, we launched a similar program for a cohort of women at all of our major suppliers in Chongqing. These women will become advisors, peer educators, and support group leaders on topics developed by the workers.

Four of HP’s suppliers won awards for outstanding sustainability performance in the Women in Factories program, an initiative sponsored by the Walmart Foundation to educate workers about communication, reproductive health, and time management. Almost 1,000 peer educators at 10 supplier factories were trained as leaders and mentors to aid in personal and career development.

Advancing this agenda beyond HP, we sponsored language within the RBA Code of Conduct that addresses working conditions for pregnant and nursing women, including requiring adequate accommodation for nursing mothers.