This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. The Policy Project is a nonprofit organization that promotes and advocates for solution-based policy to remove barriers to education and the workforce. Founder & President Emily Bell McCormick shares more on the launch of their new global initiative — the Period Positive Workplace.

Emily Bell McCormick:

While the Policy Project is best known for our work on The Period Project, which provides free access to period products to all of Utah’s K-12 students in public and charter schools, we are continuing our work to end period poverty with the launch of the global Period Positive Workplace.

Eight out of ten women have started their period unexpectedly in public without the products they need. Businesses and organizations that become “Period Positive Workplaces” support our female workforce by providing period products for employees and patrons.

For about $5 per year per female employee, Period Positive Workplaces can increase employee productivity, reduce absenteeism, and support employee morale. It’s also a quick and concrete way to make the workplace more female-friendly.

Additionally, this year, The Policy Project worked closely with Governor Spencer Cox and Lieutenant Governor Deirdre Henderson to help Utah become the first state in the nation to offer free period products in state buildings.


Businesses globally are joining the Period Positive Workplaces movement including Morgan Stanley, Mountain America Credit Union, the Larry H. Miller companies, and more. To learn how you can get involved, visit the Policy Project website. I’m Derek Miller with the Salt Lake Chamber, Speaking on Business.