Swarovski’s Positive Production program launched in 2017 with a focus on sustainable methods that will benefit the planet, the wellbeing of our people and the wider communities. Due to the large majority of Swarovski crafters being female, we have added a gender lens to this program to ensure that we are considering how this impacts women. Consultations and surveys, named ‘Listening Projects’, have been conducted with employees and local organizations to highlight localized equality needs around access to health and financial services as well as context based social norms. From these consultations we are exploring potential solutions Swarovski could offer to help advance equality.
As part of its continuous effort to support fair treatment of women in its supply chain globally, Swarovski has also joined BSR’s HER (Heath Enables Returns) project, a collaborative initiative that strives to empower low-income women working in global supply chains. Since its inception of 2007, HERproject has worked in more than 700 workplaces across 14 countries and has increased the wellbeing, confidence and economic potential of more than 800,000 women. Looking forward, we hope to build upon our Responsible Sourcing Initiative with more social impact projects that aim to unlock the full potential of women.
In 2000, the company established Swarovski Waterschool, a community investment program which aims to ensure access to clean water at schools across the globe while educating communities on proper sanitation, hygiene and water issues. The program also engages educators to empower girls by providing self-care and hygiene education during their menstruation.
The Swarovski Foundation has been supporting female empowerment initiatives and advocating for gender equality since its inception in 2013. Key charitable partnerships include Barefoot College, Mothers2Mothers and Women for Women International.
Barefoot College is a non-profit organization that connects rural communities to crucial natural resources and educational and livelihood development opportunities. In 2018, Swarovski Foundation partnered with Barefoot College to train 3 indigenous women to become solar engineers and electrify 100 homes, benefitting over 3,000 people in rural Amazonian communities.
Mothers2Mothers aims to end paediatric AIDS and create healthy families and communities by training and employing HIV-positive mothers as community healthcare workers. In 2018, Swarovski Foundation focused its support in Kenya, providing over 2,000 women with essential health education.
Women for Women International aims to give women in conflict countries access to knowledge and economic resources. Since 2014, Swarovski Foundation has helped to transform the lives of 848 Nigerian women through a holistic training program that educates on business skills, human rights and health and wellbeing, as well as connecting them to support networks.