In 2007, we launched Gap Inc. P.A.C.E. (Personal Advancement & Career Enhancement) to help the women who make our clothes gain the skills and confidence they need to advance at work and in life. More than 35,000 women in 12 countries have participated in the program to date, and we have now committed to educate one million women throughout the world by the end of 2020.
Many women say P.A.C.E. has been life changing, teaching them tangible skills while shifting their perception of themselves and their abilities. They describe becoming better at communicating, managing their finances, taking care of their health and planning for the future. Each woman has her own story to tell about creating change – whether for herself, her family or her community.
We are inspired every day by the stories of the women of P.A.C.E., who share their experiences in the hopes of helping other women imagine a better future, set bigger goals and successfully work to achieve them.
Read their stories at gap.com/pace
It takes a village to make P.A.C.E. possible, from the trainers who teach the courses to the nonprofit partners who develop the curriculum. Meet the people who are proud to be part of our P.A.C.E. community.
“After graduating from P.A.C.E. in 2012, I became a trainer for the program. It’s made a big difference in my work. I communicate with my manager and workmates more effectively, and my productivity has increased by more than 30%.”
Ngoc Bich Truong
“My life has been improved very much through P.A.C.E. I save more money, have better communication skills, and can better manage stress. The relationships in my family are more in harmony. I also have better talks with my factory leader.”
“My favorite part about working on P.A.C.E. is being able to see women that produce our clothes fulfill their potential and change themselves positively. Each story that I hear in every classroom really moves me personally and keeps me feeling motivated to do the work.”
“CARE has been honored to partner with Gap Inc. on various programs for nearly 15 years. With the P.A.C.E. program, CARE has (and is!) implementing programs that have had high impact on female garment workers and their families. While the structure of the program is relatively set, success depends upon taking the program and ensuring it meets the needs of each unique factory or community.”
“The commitment of vendors to dedicate their internal human resources makes the P.A.C.E. program sustainable and scalable. Factory management sees the immediate and direct benefits of the program, like improved employee retention rates and greater worker efficiency.”
will be educated through P.A.C.E. by the end of 2020
Gap Inc. launched P.A.C.E. in 2007 in partnership with vendors and global and local non-governmental organizations (NGOs). It’s these partnerships that help P.A.C.E. succeed every day.
Swasti Health Resource Centre and the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) supported the design and development of the program. CARE was also a key implementing partner. Our vendors also play a critical role; without their support the program wouldn’t be sustainable.
In partnership with CARE, ICRW, and Swasti, P.A.C.E. expanded into communities in 2013 to support even more women, outside of the factory setting.
The independent International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) evaluates the P.A.C.E. program around the world. In September 2013, ICRW released a report summarizing findings from program evaluations they conducted from 2009 to 2013 at six separate factory sites where P.A.C.E. is implemented: two in India and one each in Cambodia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, and China.
A few highlights:
Evaluations demonstrate that program participants feel they have greater confidence, stronger communication skills, and have learned the importance of goal setting and practical financial practices.
Factory managers report improved efficiency, increased professional advancement, and lower rates of absenteeism from P.A.C.E. graduates.
On a global level, self- esteem rose 49% at the end of the program
P.A.C.E. women in Cambodia were promoted three times faster than other female garment workers at the same factory
In India, there was a 45% increase in women who did something recently at work that made them feel good about themselves