On 10 and 11 of March our team member Madalina Bouros participated at HERproject Convening in Hong Kong. The meeting was focused on how to effectively develop and implement financial capability programs in the workplace and successfully bring them to scale. The Convening was organized by Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) and at the meeting were invited representatives of BSR, NGO’s and companies dedicated to build financial inclusion in the supply chain.
We were invited to speak during a panel focused on Implementing Programs along Global Supply Chains together with representatives from Swasti, Luen Thai Philippines and BSR. The panel was focused on what are the best practices on implementing work place programs and how to build a business case for employers.
During the panel discussions we presented the work of Community Enterprise Solutions with focused on the two programs we jointly implemented with CODEVI, a textile factory in Haiti, with the support of Levi Strauss Foundation: Technologies for Textile Workers and Family Wellness Financial Literacy, Matched Savings and Voucher Program. We emphasized that the key elements which led to our success were: establishing guiding principles from the beginning, listening to stakeholders needs, wants and limitations as well as being flexible and having an entrepreneurial approach. We received interesting questions from the audience as well as from the other members in the panel. It was an entire debate on how to engage employers into CSR programs and what works and what doesn’t when implementing this type of programs.
Overall it gave us a great exposure and learning opportunities from other organization doing similar work to ours around the world. We hope that in the future we will start replicate factories programs around the world.
BSR works with its global network of more than 250 member companies to build a just and sustainable world. From its offices in Asia, Europe, and North and South America, BSR develops sustainable business strategies and solutions through consulting, research, and cross-sector collaboration
Luen Thai is a leading consumer goods supply chain group, a global industry consolidator and multi-product expert in apparel and accessories.
Swasti’s is an NGO who’s belief is that true advancement and development of communities can be achieved only through empowering them, especially women.