Supply Chain Innovation

Preventing Discrimination Against Pregnant Women in Bangladesh

Publication date: 
Friday, October 16, 2009

Issues: A 2007 factory visit revealed that women were being questioned about their pregnancy status when applying for a job at a factory producing caps for Forty Seven Brand and adidas Group. The factory employed 1,900 workers.

Solutions: A 2009 verification visit showed that while the factory's application form had been revised, questions about pregnancy status were still being asked during job interviews. Interviews with workers during a company follow-up in 2010 confirmed that the factory had stopped this practice. Female employees were no longer asked about their pregnancy status and the question remained off the application. In addition, the factory had developed recruitment and non-discrimination policies that did not include any requirements regarding pregnancy testing; the factory was also conducting an awareness program for workers regarding hiring policies.

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