Women workers get ‘P.A.C.E.’ in their lives with Gap Inc. and Orient Craft
Hundreds of women workers across various states of India have been able to improve their lives with the help of international apparel retailer Gap
Inc. and its suppliers like Orient Craft (OC). P.A.C.E. (Personal Advancement & Career Enhancement), an initiative created by Gap Inc., focuses on modules like communication; problem solving and decision making; time and stress management; and financial literacy. Orient Craft, one of India’s top apparel exporter with a turnover of more than US $ 230 million, recently had a closing ceremony of the first batch of P.A.C.E. participants at one of its factory in Gurgaon. A skit presented by female workers of the factory beautifully displayed the impact and effectiveness of the P.A.C.E. program. To motivate the P.A.C.E. graduates to take up leadership roles in their lives and to enhance their career, OC’s management conducted technical testing. As a result, they have promoted three top P.A.C.E. trained females to the post of supervisors and QCs. By doing so, the OC’s management has set a great example for all females in their facilities to scale up the ladder. By 2020, OC has a target plan to expand the P.A.C.E. program to 15,000 females across all their woven and sweater units, training centres and nearby community in Jharkhand and Rajasthan.
Happy with the overall improvement of female workers, Sudhir Dhingra, CMD of the company, is of the opinion that P.A.C.E. will help women address the male-dominated mindset of Indian society, and he wants more and more female workers to participate in such training programs and take leadership roles in the organisation.
Prashant Das, Manager, P.A.C.E. Global Initiatives, Gap Inc. shared that the program has expanded to more than 16 countries around. He thanked Orient Craft for their active participation and enthusiasm in implementing P.A.C.E.
Archana Tomar Mann, VP, Compliance, CSR, Training & Development told Apparel Online that P.A.C.E. has really helped female workers to focus and improve on their life skills. As a result, it has helped them to improve their self-confidence and belief and now they are able to focus on their work-life balance in a better way. These life skills are really paramount for getting ahead in the workplace and in personal lives too. P.A.C.E. has helped the female workers realise their true potential and to have their own voice.
Team Orient Craft and Gap Inc. P.A.C.E. team at the closing ceremony of the first batch of P.A.C.E. trained and certified women workers at 7 D Gurgaon
The skit presented by female workers of the factory beautifully displayed the impact and effectiveness of the P.A.C.E. program
Prashant Das, Manager, P.A.C.E. Global Initiatives, Gap Inc. addressing the event