American Eagle Outfitters has partnered with the Better Work programme and Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) to expand an initiative that empowers low-income women workers along global supply chains.

Using the HERproject model that has been implemented in 200 factories across nine countries, including Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Pakistan and Vietnam, the new Cambodia programme aims to improve female factory workers' access to health services and their awareness of critical health issues.

"We hope to expand our work with HERproject to additional factories across our global supply chain in the years to come," said Helga Ying, vice president of external engagement and social responsibility.

American Eagle Outfitters will support the initial set-up and funding for the development of the Cambodia training programme, which will be managed by the Better Work programme and implemented in collaboration with local NGO partners.

HERproject training activities, programme content and materials will be carefully selected and adapted to ensure the greatest impact. 

"Providing women access to critical health services and information helps to ensure that they are able to realise their full potential, in the workplace and beyond," said Dan Rees, director of Better Work.

BSR and Better Work are partnering to expand the HERproject, which was launched in 2007, into new countries including Cambodia, Haiti, and Lesotho in 2014.