Gildan releases 2018 Genuine Responsibility Sustainability report

Gildan has released its 15th Genuine Responsibility 2018 Sustainability Report, which is available to read on the company’s dedicated website.

This year’s report highlights the company’s 2018 results, key priorities and future commitments towards its vision of Making Apparel Better.

Claudia Sandoval, vice-president, corporate citizenship, said: “We are pleased with the progress that we are making to improve people’s lives in the regions where we operate, to continually implement innovative environmental solutions to positively impact our footprint and to improve the livelihood of our neighbouring communities.

“Part of the advantages of owning and operating the facilities where our clothes our made, is that we have the power to provide good, stable jobs and benefits, and safe and healthy work environments for our employees. In addition, by running our own operations we can ensure that our products are made through processes that are respectful of the environment.

“As we continue this journey, we remain focused on making tangible progress on the material issues important to our stakeholders and continue to strengthen our sustainability commitment by aligning our efforts with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.”

Report highlights

  • Gildan’s biomass systems in Honduras and the Dominican Republic, in combination with other initiatives, have allowed the company to generate 40% of its total energy needs through renewable sources in 2018.
  • In 2018, the company’s total expenditures for materials and services with local suppliers in Central America and the Caribbean Basin were close to $200 million, which helped create many business opportunities for these suppliers.
  • Last year, the company invested more than $13.6 million in supplemental benefits for employees, such as subsidised meals, free transportation, vaccines, medicine and vitamins. It also offered more than 5.1 million hours of training to employees.
  • Gildan also invested close to $2 million in community giving to enrich people’s quality of life.

To read the report in full visit www.genuineresponsibility.com

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