Sustainable Manufacturing and Environmental Pollution Programme

SMEP Impact:
GEnder equity and social inclusion


The SMEP Programme funds a diverse range of projects within the manufacturing sector and so a wide range of opportunities to promote gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) present. Grantees are requested to factor GESI into proposal development and are provided with guidance as to areas that may be relevant to their projects through a SMEP-specific practical guide, which also includes Leave No One Behind (LNB), and Do no Harm and Safeguarding aspects. SMEP provides support and guidance to grantees through GESI Tips and Tools. These assist grantees to develop an understanding of the opportunities for incorporating GESI principles and objectives into their project teams, their implementation areas, communities, and supply chains. Grantees are also encouraged to allocate a portion of their project budget specifically for GESI activities, and are required to report on progress and impact.

The SMEP Programme also commits to providing equal opportunities, increasing supply chain resilience and capacity, as per HMG’s Social Value Model1 – specifically, Theme 2, “Tackling Economic Inequality” and Theme 4 “Equal Opportunity”. While this Social Value Model is targeted and tailored for use by central government departments (and related agencies), the themes and policy outcomes align with the GESI and LNB opportunities that SMEP aims to deliver.

1. This Social Value Model aims to ensure that the government’s projects and programmes provide additional, more comprehensive community or public benefits, such as creating new businesses, increasing supply chain resilience, and reducing employment gaps (of underrepresented and disadvantaged groups).

Areas where social value can be promoted in SMEP

GESI mainstreaming in SMEP grantee projects

SMEP project grantees address GESI in two central ways:

  1. Research: SMEP Grantees are required to consider opportunities for meaningful contributions to the body of research on Gender and Social Equity in manufacturing, including:
    • The environmental health impacts of pollution from manufacturing, and
    • The impact of solutions (technical or business model) on GESI (health or other).
  2. Impact: SMEP grantees should propose solutions for piloting either business models, technical interventions, or even policy changes that should consider:
    • Present opportunities to improve Gender and Social Equity dimensions as part of the technology or business model being developed, and
    • The systems that would be required to implement, manage and measure interventions

SMEP grantees have undertaken various actions depending on the project type and maturity. Projects are assessed according to GESI mainstreaming levels, with 100% of grantees achieving Level 1 mainstreaming status, as shown in the graph below. Examples of what actions are being taken by the grantees within the different GESI mainstreaming levels are detailed in the table below.

GESI Impact Page Diagrams (8)

SMEP GESI Showcase Stories

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