07 April 2008 | Jake Kanter
Technology company HP has launched an initiative to tackle women's health issues within its supply chain.
The Health Enables Returns (HER) project is a training programme that will begin at two of HP's suppliers, Pegatron Technology and Foxconn, in May this year for 12 months.
It will examine how factories accommodate the health needs of female workers, share health knowledge with them, and measure the success of the scheme.
The programme will address issues such as breast cancer, diabetes, obesity and nutrition. It will also provide education on family planning, childcare and domestic violence.
The scheme has been developed following a study by non-profit group the Packard Foundation, which looked into women's reproductive health in Mexico and China. HP intends to launch the project in the two countries, and will consider other regions when its success has been measured.
HP also announced it has conducted 150 supplier audits during 2007, bringing its total completed to more than 400. It has also published a list of suppliers that account for 95 per cent of the group's spend, to encourage transparency and accountability in the IT supply chain.