Family-Friendly Factory Program

What is a Family-Friendly Factory?

A Family-Friendly Factory is one which has considered the distinct needs of its employees with family & carer responsibilities. The Family-Friendly Factory program works to improve factory policies and environments to support working parents.

Factories are empowered to create their own family-friendly policies and provide facilities that promote a positive family-work balance.

Each factory entering the Family-Friendly Factory program undertakes an initial needs assessment from which a bespoke program of policies, facilities and activities will be suggested to address these needs.

Elements of a Family-Friendly Factory may include:

Providing employer-funded childcare through implementing ESCP's Family-Friendly Spaces program

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Employer-funded training and support for parents, helping them to develop new skills

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Workplace policies which offer parents benefits such as flexible working arrangements and enhanced parental leave

The Purpose of ESCP's Family-Friendly Factory Program:

ESCP, along with UNICEF’s Family-Friendly Policies guidance and expert advice, developed the program to optimise family-friendly policies in order to create a working environment that improves the physical and mental wellbeing of workers.

Our research showed a lack of affordable, safe and accessible childcare was the no.1 reason why factory workers were leaving their jobs. We understand the importance of listening to workers and the ESCP Family-Friendly Factory (FFF) program helps factories to do this.

The FFF program encourages factories to implement policies that create a working environment that allows parents and caregivers to balance work and personal life and the care of children.

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Since 2021, ESCP has been piloting the initiative at four ESCP-certified factories, with guidance from UNICEF, with the four following aims:

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Family-Friendly Factory 2023 Impact Report

This report shows the impacts, outcomes and case studies from four factories, participating in the 2023 program, benefitting over 8,000 workers.

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If you are interested in getting involved or learning more about these programs please contact us at:

Buyer Membership

Enhanced access to membership features including our Connect Platform, providing transparency of your suppliers performance, help finding new ethical suppliers, and dedicated support from our on-the-ground teams.

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Supplier Certification

Our ethical certification program meets the social compliance needs of your customers and is accepted or requested by 98% of brands and retailers. We conduct factory social audits and take an extra step to certify those who meet our industry-leading ethical manufacturing standard. To ensure you are empowered to identify and remediate compliance challenges to meet our standard, we provide training, visits, and best practice examples to ease your journey to certification.

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Social Impact Assessments

This remote non-category specific self-assessment tool is designed to assess the effectiveness of the management systems in place to effectively manage labor, environmental, and health & safety compliance in your facility. The program provides expert advice and tailored improvement plans based on the findings, it can also be used as a stepping stone towards full ESCP Certification.

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Environmental Assessment

Broad range of environmental areas covered, low-cost & efficient Assessment providing companies oversight into the environmental impact of their value chain.

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Worker Well-Being Initiatives

We offer certified suppliers the opportunity to run Worker Well-Being initiatives in their facility. Our programs: Family-Friendly Spaces, After-School Centers, Gender Equality, Migrant-Parent Training and our Worker Helpline, are multi beneficial intiatives designed to improve the lives of workers while producing measurable business benefits for you and your customers.

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