Avery Dennison Foundation and BSR Team Up to Empower Women Through Health and Financial Education

Friday, March 13, 2015 11:04 am PDT

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Glendale, Calif.
"We’re excited about the results coming out of our programs in India and Bangladesh, and we look forward to working with Avery Dennison to empower more women in these countries with much-needed resources."

The Avery Dennison Foundation has awarded a two-year, US$100,000 grant to BSR (Business for Social Responsibility) to help the global nonprofit business network dedicated to sustainability expand its successful HERproject programs in India and Bangladesh.

HERproject uses a workplace-based, peer education model to empower low-income women who work in global supply chains, build the capacity of local civil society; and increase advocacy with business and government. It includes programs to educate working women about budgeting, financial planning, and formal financial services and products, and to increase their awareness of health matters and access to health services. To date, HERproject has reached over 250,000 women workers around the world.

With the Avery Dennison Foundation grant, BSR will expand the HERproject in India and Bangladesh and begin exploring partnerships with Avery Dennison’s numerous suppliers to develop programs specifically for their female employees.

“Avery Dennison is committed to collaborating with our stakeholders to help make our entire supply chain more sustainable,” said Alicia Procello Maddox, president of the Avery Dennison Foundation. “We look forward to working with BSR and our suppliers to explore how we can support female empowerment efforts in India and Bangladesh.”

“With more information about health care, budgeting, how to save money, and how to use formal financial services and products, low-income women working in factories can make better health and financial decisions for themselves and their families,” said Nathalie Roberts, BSR’s HERproject Director. “We’re excited about the results coming out of our programs in India and Bangladesh, and we look forward to working with Avery Dennison to empower more women in these countries with much-needed resources.”

Avery Dennison operates multiple manufacturing sites in India and Bangladesh, where approximately 2,500 employees produce self-adhesive label and packaging materials and a wide variety of branding and information solutions for retail apparel and footwear. The Avery Dennison Foundation supports numerous community programs where Avery Dennison employees live and work.

About the Avery Dennison Foundation

The Avery Dennison Foundation’s mission is to advance the causes of education and sustainability in the communities where Avery Dennison employees live and work. In cooperation with organizations that receive grants, the Foundation also encourages Avery Dennison employees to engage in local community involvement opportunities and, through volunteer work, bring the same spirit of invention and innovation found at the heart of the company's success.

About BSR (Business for Social Responsibility)

BSR works with its global network of more than 250 member companies to build a just and sustainable world. From its offices in Asia, Europe, and North America, BSR develops sustainable business strategies and solutions through consulting, research, and cross-sector collaboration. Visit www.bsr.org for more information about BSR’s more than 20 years of leadership in sustainability.

About Avery Dennison

Avery Dennison (NYSE:AVY) is a global leader in labeling and packaging materials and solutions. The company’s applications and technologies are an integral part of products used in every major market and industry. With operations in more than 50 countries and more than 25,000 employees worldwide, Avery Dennison serves customers with insights and innovations that help make brands more inspiring and the world more intelligent. Headquartered in Glendale, California, the company reported sales of $6.3 billion in 2014. Learn more at www.averydennison.com

Contact:

Avery Dennison
Heather Rim, 626-304-2067
heather.rim@averydennison.com