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Gap Inc. honored for women's empowerment program

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Gap Inc. announced that its Personal Advancement and Career Enhancement program was recognized by former President Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative, held in New York City.  Bob Fisher, son of Gap Inc. founders Doris and Don Fisher and a Gap Inc. board member, accepted the honor on behalf of the company.

“We are deeply honored by this recognition.  Investing in improving women’s lives is a natural fit for Gap Inc. and our company values,” said Bob Fisher.  “The program is innovative, scalable and sustainable. Thousands of women across six countries have already participated.”

Launched in 2007, Gap Inc.’s P.A.C.E. program creates opportunities for women to advance in their careers and personal lives. P.A.C.E. was designed and developed in partnership with Swasti Health Resources and the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW).  CARE International is a key implementing partner. Gap Inc.’s vendor partners also play a critical role.  One of these vendors in India that employs more than 60,000 workers has committed to extending P.A.C.E. to all workers by the year 2020.  To date, more than 7,500 female garment workers have participated in the program.

“Education of female garment workers is a distinct way our company can support positive, lasting benefits for workers and their communities.  Our deep knowledge of the apparel world, our partnerships with manufacturing vendors and local NGOs have allowed us to help make meaningful impact on the lives of thousands of women,” said Gap Inc. chairman and CEO, Glenn Murphy.

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