Eric Austermann, Jabil's VP of Social and Environmental Responsibility took the stage today at the 2016 Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEP) Conference to participate in a panel about women’s health in the workplace. Eric was joined onstage by Louise Dann, Strategic Partnerships, UNFPA and Julia Arick, Vice President, Caribbean Island Apparel. The group discussed the challenges companies face in addressing women's health issues and showcased concrete actions that companies can take to support women's health in the workplace and throughout value chains. The panel also highlighted tools and resources that the business community can employ to move from commitment to action.
As Vice President of Social and Environmental Responsibility at Jabil, Eric is an expert on ensuring the health, safety and well-being of all women and men in the workplace through programs like the Business for Social Responsibility Health Enables Results (HER) Health Project. Launched in partnership with Hewlett Packard, Jabil has expanded the HER Health Project from one site to four. This impactful educational program enriches the lives of Jabil’s female employees in Asia by giving them direct and transformative access to essential health knowledge and resources.
“What’s been most inspiring about the HER Health project, is what happens outside of Jabil walls. What the women are learning, they are sharing in their homes, in their communities, with their family and friends,” says Eric Austermann.
As Eric discussed in the 2015 BSR conference, from a macro perspective, prioritizing gender equality issues is just the right thing to do, but there is also a strong business case behind Jabil’s investment in programs such as the HER Health project. Nearly half of Jabil’s workforce is comprised of women so having a healthy, informed and empowered female workforce is vital to the company’s long-term success.