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About RISE

Our partners

Local partners

Locally empowered and centrally coordinated, RISE delivers through a wide range of primarily local organizations, which is where the center of action sits. Our partners understand priorities and are able to support local efforts and scale of initiatives. They adapt the global approach and methodology of RISE to the various cultures and geographies that make up supply chains, and implement the programs in local factories and farms.

Change Associates
Young Power in Social Action (YPSA)
Cambodian Women for Peace and Development (CWPD)
Empowerment thru Creative Integration (ECI)
The Center for the Development Services (CDS)
Centre for Promotion of Quality of Life (LIFE Centre)

Leaders' Circle

Industry-leading brands and suppliers are welcome to join the RISE Leaders’ Circle. This is a three-year commitment for industry pioneers that want to help shape RISE as an industry-wide action-platform that delivers sustained progress on gender equality in global supply chains. 

Anchor partners

Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth


The growth and impact of RISE is supported by several donors and funders from both the public and private sphere.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Walt Disney Company
Victoria's Secret
VF Foundation
Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Our founding partners

RISE was founded by four organizations with 15+ years experience of implementing women’s empowerment programs in global supply chains.

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CARE is an international humanitarian organization fighting global poverty and world hunger by working alongside women and girls. CARE is supporting RISE with technical expertise, fundraising, and partnerships, as well as collaboration activities such as the Gender Equity Network. , in-country and on a global level. In some geographies CARE is directly implementing RISE program activities.

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Better Work, an International Labour Organization (ILO) and International Finance Corporation (IFC World Bank) collaboration that promotes decent work and better business in the garment industry, is supporting RISE with technical expertise, fundraising, and partnerships. Better Work’s ‘Worker Rights and Responsibilities’ training module has been integrated into the RISE Foundation Program.

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HERproject was a BSR collaborative initiative active between 2007-2022, that supported the empowerment of low-income women working in global supply chains by bringing together global brands, their suppliers, and local NGOs. HERproject programs, activities and team have been fully integrated into RISE. BSR is RISE’s interim legal and fiscal host.

Gap Inc.’s P.A.C.E. is a Gap Inc. program that provides women and girls in the global apparel industry foundational life skills, technical training, and support, has been fully integrated into RISE Foundations Program and Integrated Model.