Gildan Activewear has released its 2016 corporate, social and environmental responsibility (CSR) report, which provides a comprehensive review of the Montreal, Quebec-based supplier’s progress on its commitments to its people, communities, the environment and products.
“As one of the world’s largest manufacturers of apparel and socks, we understand that operating responsibly and integrating sustainable solutions drives our success and enables our future growth,” says Glenn Chamandy, president and CEO of Gildan. “Providing good working conditions for our employees, improving the communities where we operate and pursuing continuous improvements to reduce our impacts on future generations is at the foundation of our commitment.”
Gildan intends to reduce its energy, water, greenhouse gas emissions and landfill waste by 10 percent by 2020 at company owned and operated facilities, compared to a baseline set in 2015. In 2016, efficiency initiatives resulted in a reduction in energy usage by 10 percent and water usage by 5 percent. It also increased its industrial and domestic recycling programs to recycle or repurpose 86 percent of total waste. Gildan also met 32 percent of its energy needs with renewable resources in 2016.
The company also contributed almost $2 million in support of communities in the U.S., Canada and Latin America in 2016.
It funded the construction of a new infant ward at Honduras’ Mario Catarino Rivas Hospital, partnered with World Vision Honduras on a program to build safe and healthy environments for children, and sponsored renovation projects at 10 schools in the country’s Sula Valley.
Gildan awarded more than 450 scholarships to employees and community members to attend professional and vocational schools in Canada, the U.S. and Latin America.
The company has also contributed to several relief efforts following weather-related disasters. This includes donations to UNICEF, Americares and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to help Haiti recover following Hurricane Matthew; the donation of clothing items to more than 88,000 evacuees following the Fort McMurray, Alberta, wildfires; and the distribution of products through the St. Vincent de Paul Society to families displaced by flooding in Louisiana.