Gender Equality in Global Value Chains: promoting company, civil society and policy strategies

Impact: Societal impacts, Economic impacts, Political impacts


Barrientos’ research highlighting the benefits of promoting gender equality in global value chains has directly influenced gender equality and advocacy strategies of corporations and civil society organisations, and UK government policy. As a result:
• over 390,000 workers in Nike’s and Mondelez’ value chains in low- and middle-income countries have directly benefited from the implementation of gender-equitable strategies
• over 1 million workers in the value chains of Marks & Spencer and Ethical Trading Initiative member companies have been indirectly advantaged through opportunities for women to advance to leadership positions
• Sedex (a major social compliance body) adopted a gender strategy recommended by Barrientos to its 60,000 members, reaching 33,000,000 workers in 180 countries.
Impact date20132020
Category of impactSocietal impacts, Economic impacts, Political impacts

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global inequalities
  • Global Development Institute