Major Consumer Brands Join Forces to Highlight Women’s Leadership Across Global Supply Chains for International Women’s Day

The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc., Nordstrom, UGG®, and Williams-Sonoma, Inc. are proud to come together to raise the profile of women leaders across global supply chains through the “This Is A Leader” campaign. Launching today, this campaign celebrates exemplary female leadership from supplier factories to corporate offices, and invites employees, partners, consumers, and other stakeholders to join the conversation and share what leadership means to them.

This celebration of women leaders is coordinated by Business for Social Responsibility’s (BSR) HERproject, a collaboration that empowers low-income women across global supply chains through workplace-based programs on health, financial inclusion, and gender equality. The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc., Nordstrom, UGG®, and Williams-Sonoma, Inc. are strategic HERproject partners and are implementing HERproject training programs with their own key suppliers.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, leaders from The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc., UGG®, and Williams-Sonoma, Inc. will speak at the “This Is A Leader” campaign event and discuss their vision for women’s leadership on 7 March at NeueHouse in New York City. The event is open to media; to RSVP, please email Dominic Kotas at dkotas@bsr.org. The accompanying social media campaign begins today and will run through March using the hashtag #ThisIsALeader.

Mandy Seidel, Vice President, Global Sourcing, Pottery Barn (of Williams-Sonoma, Inc.), said: “Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is at the forefront of the female-empowered workforce and we’re proud to partner with HERproject to empower women working in factories where our products are made. To date, we’ve provided education on health and financial literacy to nearly 43,000 workers through our partnership with HERproject and by 2020, we’ve committed to impacting 100,000 factory workers through HERproject and similar initiatives. We’re thrilled to be a part of the “This is a Leader” campaign and support this diverse group of female leaders from around the world.”

“Women in supply chains are often overlooked as examples of leadership, but the contributions they make as leaders for their colleagues, families, and communities, are enormous,” said Christine Svarer, Director of HERproject. “They share with brand leaders a commitment to driving positive change for people around them. We want to celebrate the achievements of these women and catalyze more support for the impacts they are having.”

Nancy Mahon, Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability, The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc., said: “As a company founded by a woman, it is critically important that we serve and empower women as consumers, employees, and members of the global communities where we do business. Supporting women in our own supply chains is part of this mission, and of our work to help women worldwide acquire the necessary skills and support to effect lasting change for themselves and their communities. We are proud to launch our commitment to HERproject and to join BSR, Williams-Sonoma, Inc., UGG®, and Nordstrom in this campaign to celebrate women’s leadership.”

Andrea O’Donnell, President, Fashion Lifestyle, Deckers Brands (UGG), said: “Now, more than ever, is the time to celebrate and recognize the hard work of women in this industry. As we go into our second year partnering with HERproject on this incredible initiative, we are proud to continue making a contribution to growing support and awareness of the women in the global supply chain.”

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