New Balance is adopting Gap's Personal Advancement & Career Enhancement training program for female employees in its global supply chain, who account for 80 percent of its workforce. For Monica Gorman, vice president of responsible leadership and global compliance, the program is meant to “give them the skills and confidence they need to advance in the workplace and better manage personal issues at home.” The initial run – taking place this year at two Vietnamese footwear factories that employ more than 15,000 women – will include courses in communication, problem solving, time and stress management, financial and legal literacy, and general and reproductive health. It will be expanded annually until all of New Balance's suppliers are covered. Gap launched the program in 2007 in a pledge to help one million women and girls by 2022. It now operates in 16 countries, mainly in the apparel industry. New Balance is the first company to apply it to footwear. The program helps to meet numbers three and five of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.