Guidance for the collection of gender-disaggregated data
Two new guides show how companies can better consider women when collecting data.
Although women make up the majority of employees in the textile indus-try, they are often overlooked in statistics. Systematic disadvantages and discrimination are not only detrimental to them personally, but also have negative consequences for the entire economy.
Data is an important basis for verifying compliance with human and labour rights, social and environmental standards. Statistics are also available for the textile sector and many compa-nies collect their own data. However, these are often not reliable or incomplete, because they do not differentiate by gender.
In particular, surveys on violence and harassment, health and safety, wages and complaints should differentiate by gender. If companies succeed in collecting and correctly interpreting gender-sensitive data, they can take targeted measures where (female) employees need special protection or improvements in working conditions.
Guidance to close data gaps
To meet these challenges, the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles has developed guidelines on gender data indicators in collaboration with BSR, the Ethical Trading Initiative, the Fair Wear Foundation, the Dutch Agreement for Sustainable Garments and Textiles and Sedex. They build on BSR's Gender Data and Impact (GDI) Framework and Tool and help companies and suppliers to gain a better overview and initiate effective measures.
Easier bundling of supply chain data
The guidance suggests collecting the indicators in three steps:
Companies collect basic data broken down by gender, which is necessary to understand the composition of employees. As a result, the possible risk areas can already be deter-mined.
The indicators help to identify specific risks. This allows companies to better understand gender impacts.
Companies and suppliers look at indicators that facilitate a deeper insight into a partic-ular topic or risk areas. The effects of social norms are taken into account. Local coop-eration partners can support this and joint projects with other companies are possible.