Marks & Spencer (M&S) is piloting a workplace healthcare programme for women in at least five Cambodian garment factories.
Developed in partnership with Project HOPE, a global health education and humanitarian organisation, the Health Works programme provides opportunities for nearly 10,000 women to improve their health and that of their families.
The Health Works initiative kick-off in February and one of the first activities, adapted specifically for the Cambodian culture, was focusing on hydration in the workplace.
Other key aspects of the programme is that it provides greater information on nutrition to women workers, increases access to quality family planning methods, improves care for pregnant and post-partum women, and identifies and treats anaemic women.
Judith Moore, Project HOPE’s senior advisor for Women’s and Children’s Health, said: “Bringing important healthcare programmes to factories, where women are working, offers Project HOPE an opportunity to reach thousands of women and empower them to improve their health and the health of their families.”
Project HOPE is also launching a similar programme in Indonesia this month with another corporate partner. Besides the health inputs, the programmes will also be assessing and measuring other indicators, such as sick time, to see the effects on more general business indices.