MONTREAL—Gildan Activewear releases its 2017 Genuine Responsibility report. This report highlights the company’s 2017 results, key priorities, and future efforts toward its vision of Making Apparel Better.
EMPLOYEES, ENVIRONMENT, AND ECONOMICS
In addition to providing more than 2 million training and development hours last year, Gildan gave more than 181,000 free medical consultations, $4.8M towards free transportation, and $15.8M in subsidized meals to employees.
According to a Gildan press release on the report, diversity and inclusion are key values for the company. Much of their efforts involve providing opportunities to women, including the Women’s Empowerment Program in collaboration with World Vision Honduras, as well as the Women’s Leadership Series among others. The report states, “The Company hopes to inspire, engage and support women in developing their leadership skills in both their professional and personal lives. Today, over 42 [percent] of Gildan’s management positions are filled by women.”
The company’s environmental efforts are also visible in the report. In 2017, Gildan reduced its water intensity per kg of production by 10 percent through investments in new technologies. Additionally, biomass steam generation operations allowed the company to produce 43 percent of all used energy from renewable sources.
Being mindful of economic impacts, Gildan purchased $150M from local suppliers and prioritized the hiring of locals. According to the report, 83 percent of all management positions in its operations are held by local employees.
Regarding philanthropic efforts, the company contributed $518,000 towards the refurbishment of the newborn unit at the Mario C. Rivas Hospital in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. This new facility is said to provide care and services to more than 3,000 infants, annually.
The company contributed more than $200,000 through the American Apparel Pencils of Promise campaign, to help raise awareness for child literacy in Guatemala and Ghana.
Gildan also donated $75,000 to Room to Read to implement a Girls’ Education Program in Bangladesh and instituted a library and literacy program at a school in Dhaka.
View the full report at Gildan’s new dedicated CSR website www.genuineresponsibility.com.