PromoWire (7/28-8/2): Notes And News Releases From Around The Industry
(Editor’s Note: PromoWire by PPAI Media is a running digest of news releases and updates submitted from organizations around the industry. PPAI Media edits these only slightly, including for length, and will consider newsworthy entries from any member organization.)
August 1, 2022
Gildan Publishes its 18ᵗʰ Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Report
Gildan Activewear Inc. (GIL: TSX and NYSE) is pleased to announce that it has published its 18th Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Report, which outlines the Company’s ESG commitments and performance results, accompanied by further details on Gildan’s Next Generation ESG strategy and future targets.
2021 was characterized by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, supply chain disruptions, labour shortages, and geo-political and climate uncertainty. Despite these global challenges, Gildan continued its leadership in responsible apparel manufacturing and closed-off the year with strong ESG performance and further progress against its strategic initiatives.
“We are pleased with the work we’ve done to continue playing a role in improving the livelihood of people who make our clothes, protecting the environment, empowering our communities, and increasing the sustainability of our products,” said Glenn J. Chamandy, President and CEO of Gildan. “Our vertically integrated business model continues to be the driving force behind our leading ESG practices and allows us to ensure that our products are made with respect throughout our entire supply chain.”
The report is available here and key highlights can be found below:
In 2021, Gildan continued to make investments in systems, technologies, and initiatives towards reducing its carbon footprint and improving water efficiency. The Company thus set a strong base for fulfilling its future environmental goals and reaching the level of decarbonization required to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, and early in 2022, Gildan signed the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) commitment letter.
Key environmental highlights in 2021 included the following:
- 39% of Gildan’s energy came from renewable sources
- 18% reduction in water intensity compared to 2018
- 15% decrease in total waste intensity compared to 2018
- 68% reduction in waste clippings compared to 2020
Gildan prioritizes being an ethical manufacturer by respecting human rights; health and safety; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and communities. In 2021, the Company continued to focus on ensuring fairness, inclusion, and opportunity in its labour practices – including across its supplier base – and on its community engagement work.
Key social highlights in 2021 included the following:
- $15.1 million towards in-kind benefits for employees
- 98% of Gildan workers were represented by formal Health and Safety committees
- 78% of respondents from Gildan’s 2021 employee engagement survey said they believed the Company was an inclusive workplace
- Steadily increased female representation by 2% per quarter at the senior management level
- $2.1 million donated to community partners
- $850 million total expenditures in materials and services with local suppliers
With a longstanding commitment to operating transparently and with integrity, Gildan has been publishing its ESG reports in alignment with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards: Comprehensive option since 2008, and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Apparel, Accessories and Footwear Sustainable Accounting Standard since 2020. The Company also plans to publish its first stand-alone Task Force on Climate Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) report in 2022 and expects to be fully aligned with TCFD recommendations by 2025. In addition, in 2022, the Company incorporated sustainability linked terms into its credit facility and has tied a portion of CEO and senior executive compensation to the accomplishment of ESG targets.
Key governance highlights in 2021 included the following:
- Nine out of 10 of Gildan’s Board of Directors were independent
- Two thirds of Gildan’s three Board level committees were chaired by women
- The Board Diversity Policy was updated to reflect an expanded definition of diversity and the Company committed to a target of achieving at least 30% female representation on the Board at or prior to the 2023 shareholder meeting
- Retained an independent advisory firm to review the Board’s processes and structure, composition and succession planning, and oversight of ESG matters
In 2021, Gildan was recognized by the following organizations:
- Named one of the “World’s 100 Most Sustainable Corporations” by Corporate Knights
- Included on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the ninth consecutive year
- Named one of the “Top 100 ESG Companies of 2021” by The Investor’s Business Daily
- Received a “B” score on climate change and water security from CDP
- Ranked sixth out of 250 brands on the 2021 Fashion Transparency Index
More information on Gildan’s ESG practices and program is available here.
July 28, 2022
California Tattoos Welcomes Katie Winslow to Their Marketing Team
California Tattoos (CTI) is proud to announce and welcome Katie Winslow as our new Marketing Coordinator. Katie will be handling a variety of marketing functions including social media, public relations, community outreach and more.
Katie joins CTI with two years of promo distributor experience where she was an account manager developing extensive promotional programs and acquiring new clients via networking and relationship management. Additionally, she brings more than five years of marketing and PR experience to California Tattoos.
Winslow is excited to help grow and join such an innovative team. The University of Houston graduate has a diverse skillset that will help CTI in a variety of ways. In her free time, she enjoys taking her dogs to the dog park and spending time with family.
“We’re very excited to have Katie join the California Tattoos family as we continue our growth and expansion,” says Christopher Duffy, director of marketing. “She brings a wealth of talent and energy to helping us serve distributors with our unique products,” he adds.
OrderMyGear Announces Jeff Harris As Chief Revenue Officer
OrderMyGear (OMG), the leading online store platform for selling custom branded merchandise to groups, recently announced Jeff Harris as the Chief Revenue Officer. Harris will play a pivotal role in developing long-term strategies to help elevate the client experience, while continuing to build a high-performing Sales team.
Harris is an experienced executive, with a proven track record for developing effective leaders and helping organizations reach optimal performance and growth through data-driven decisions. Previously, Harris has held executive roles at various organizations including NomosOne, B&M Construction, Inc., and Bigfoot Insurance. He also serves on the Forbes Business Development Council.
In addition to day-to-day responsibilities, Harris will work closely with OMG President Matt Kaplan to continue building and maintaining strong relationships with businesses from the Team Dealer and Promotional Products industries. Kaplan has deep roots in the Team Sports industry, with 16 years at Under Armour’s headquarters. During his 4 years at OMG, Kaplan has held multiple leadership positions focused on driving initiatives that make it easier to sell branded merchandise and apparel to groups. Harris and Kaplan are committed to creating a seamless experience for clients throughout their journey with OMG.
“Jeff is relentless in driving culture change, and has a true passion for developing future leaders,” said Kaplan. “Because of his results-oriented mindset and tremendous drive to achieve our long-term goals, Jeff is the perfect leader to help generate revenue and set OMG on a trajectory of becoming the number one online stores platform for the team dealer and promotional products industries.”
“I am thrilled to join OMG and for the opportunity to serve this highly talented and dedicated team,” Jeff said. “Together, we are focused on partnering with OMG clients to foster success through a seamless customer experience. I am humbled and honored to be a part of this incredible journey.”
For more information on OMG’s Leadership Team, visit https://www.ordermygear.com/leadership/