The Centre’s Family Friendly Workplaces (FFW) services support children, parents and other caregivers by creating family-friendly workplaces in supply chains. Family-friendly policies and practices are critical to worker well-being, especially in the COVID-19 era where financial hardships and school closures are an extra burden on supply chain workers in factories and on farms.
Each FFW service is designed to meet the needs of working parents and their children whilst also responding to the businesses needs of suppliers. FFW services support suppliers to implement policies, practices and programmes that enable their workers to fulfil their role as parents and meeting responsibilities at work.
FFW services are available as stand-alone services, and also via our WeCare programme, which offers a package of FFW activities that is tailored to meet the needs of working parents, their children, young workers and the business needs of suppliers.
I would like to thank you for guiding us and our supplier Ceyadi during this programme - we never expected it to have so much impact and we are all sincerely touched by the worker stories and feedback of the children. The Centre’s support has been great throughout. We are looking into extending the child friendly spaces further into our Chinese supplier base for next year(s).－Joy Roeterdink, CSR Manager, Suitsupply
My 14-year-old son lives in my village. My supervisor encourages me to talk to my son on a daily basis. So, I usually talk to my child after work. I can also take leave to visit him in my hometown.－A worker in Bangladesh where the factory participated in the Better Business for Children programme between 2018-2020
Having a CFS in place helps our company to enhance its reputation and attract talent. For instance, many parent workers pay attention to the education of their children but can hardly access childcare facilities in their workplace, so they are very interested in working in our factory－Ms. Zhao, Production Manager of Caili factory, which opened a CFS in 2020
One of the best takeaways from our MPT and photovoice projects (besides the obvious and important benefits for the families) has been better connecting factory workers with factory management. Projects like these, and family friendly policies in the workplace, help bridge a gap and show the workers that management values them and cares about their families－Kelsey Keene, CSR Director, Colosseum Athletics