Walmart Foundation and Swasti Health Catalyst Announce more than 26,000 Workers trained

New Delhi, 19 January 2018: Today, the Walmart Foundation and Swasti Health Catalyst announced more than 26,000 (21,885 women and 4,137 men) workers in 34 factories in four states - Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Punjab and the Union Territory of Daman - have been trained since the Women in Factories (WiF) program launched in 2011.

Theannouncement was made at the National Conference on ‘Women in Factories’ heldhere. The training program in India, which was launched by Swasti with fundingfrom the Walmart Foundation, imparted critical life skills related to communication,balancing work and life, self-awareness, hygiene, reproductive health,occupational health and safety, identifying personal strengths, gendersensitivity and leadership skills.

Swasti alsoannounced its intentions to develop and test approaches to scale-up thetraining in life and work skills, working with facilities and brands, and tobring the training and results to more women and more factories. This work tosupport the embedment of training is made possible by a grant from the Walmart Foundation.

India is oneof the countries covered by the global Women in Factories program, whichexceeded its goal to train 60,000 women in 150 factories by training more than128,000 women in 181 factories in India, Bangladesh, China, El Salvador andHonduras by the end of 2017. Women factory workers have been trained in thetypes of skills needed to be successful in the workplace, at home and in theircommunities. In addition, Women in Factories curriculum, developed by CARE withfunding from the Walmart Foundation, is being made available by CARE to anyfactory or organization interested in providing job readiness and life skillstraining to its workers. By making this curriculum available at no cost, thetraining will enable greater impact by reaching more workers throughout theglobal supply chain.

The TuftsUniversity Labor Lab that conducted an impact evaluation of the WiF programfound that the training has resulted in:

· Reductionin absenteeism (reduced from the baseline of 0.97 days per month to 0.69 days per month)

·Reductionin late coming (reduced from the baseline of 0.44 days to 0.10 days per month)

· Increasein overall productivity (increased by 5%)

· Tangibleimpact on the health and work relationship for the trainees

· And,significantly, reduction in the gender pay gap by USD 1.35

Speaking atthe conference, Joseph Julian, Director, Swasti Health Catalyst, said: “TheWalmart Foundation’s commitment to economically empower women through acollaborative approach is noteworthy and we appreciate the support provided toSwasti by Walmart Foundation to successfully implement this program in India.At Swasti, we believe that we can contribute to larger development goalsthrough an empowerment approach and particularly by empowerment of women tohelp them to make right choices and to lead healthy lives. This program ishelping to contribute to our mission and we are extremely grateful to be partof this global effort by Walmart Foundation.”

“We areproud to support the dignity and empowerment of women who work in supply chainsaround the globe,” said Karrie Denniston, Senior Director for the WalmartFoundation. “We applaud the progress made by Swasti Health Catalyst in Indiaand look forward to continued impact for women and their communities.”

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