Catalysing lasting change
The challenges facing the apparel industry are deep and complex. To truly transform this industry we need to find new ways of thinking and new ways of working together. We are working to catalyse positive, lasting change by supporting and driving initiatives that have the potential to transform the fashion industry.
We work in collaboration and partnership with players from across the industry - from brands, retailers and manufacturers, to government, NGOs and associations of farmers and workers - to take collective action.
We believe that to fundamentally transform fashion into a force for good, we must address gender inequality and violence against women. And we apply a gender lens in everything we do.
Women play key roles in cotton farming, but rarely hold influence in their households, in the fields or in producer organisations. Women factory workers make up 80% of the workforce, but are mostly relegated to unskilled jobs based on gender stereotypes, and are far less likely to be promoted than men. They are also paid less for the same work.
In the informal sector, where a large proportion of women work, they have no contracts or access to union representation, and they are especially vulnerable to low wages, excessive hours, and exploitation.
In each of our programmes, we work with partners, including women's rights groups, to promote women's voice, leadership and capacities to exercise their rights. And we help them influence decision-making in the supply chain. We also combat various forms of gender-based violence.
We employ a range of strategies including engaging men and boys, advocating for policies and practices to advance gender justice, and supporting alliances, as well as capacity building and learning initiatives.
Our Gender Justice Theory of Change guides us in achieving and measuring results and is applied across our programmes.
Organisational and Network Effectiveness (ONE)
A strong and organised civil society is essential to create systemic change and transform fashion into a force for good. Our organisational and network effectiveness approach extends across all our programmes to provide full or partial core support that allows our partners to be more effective in their work. Partners and potential partners can apply for core support following the grant approval process.
We also work to build the field by amplifying the work of partners, convening industry stakeholders, and fostering collaboration and networks so that our partners can achieve more significant impact.
Theory of change
Our organisational theory of change (TOC) illustrates how we work on the systemic challenges in the apparel industry. It shows the impact we aim for and how we believe we can catalyse positive, lasting change. Our theory of change is the backbone of everything we do, guiding our partnerships and informing monitoring and evaluation.
We apply this approach to each one of our signature programmes and each has its own TOC: