WINSTON SALEM, N.C.—Hanes releases 2016 environmental performance data for the Americas, Europe, and Asia. The company reports yearly statistics on criteria such as carbon dioxide emissions, water use, renewable energy, and landfill diversion.
The report cites a 16 percent reduction in both energy use and carbon emissions, while water use is down by 25 percent compared to the company’s 2007 baseline. Hanes also reports 118 million pounds of waste diverted from landfills in 2016.
“We are proud of the culture of environmental responsibility that we’ve established at HanesBrands during the past decade,” says Michael E. Faircloth, Hanes’ president and chief global supply chain and information technology officer. “It unifies our 67,000 global employees, enables us to make progress during economically challenging years and creates a win-win-win for the environment we all share, our communities, and our company.”
With the release of the report, the company also received its eight consecutive U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star Partner of the Year award. The organization awards companies based on efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through efficiency. The company was awarded the distinction at a banquet event on April 26 in Washington, D.C. Other recipients of the Energy Star award include Boeing, Colgate-Palmolive, and General Motors. Hanes holds the distinction as the only apparel company to receive the award in its 25-year history.
"HanesBrands is very honored to earn our eighth consecutive Energy Star Partner of the Year award, and all of the credit goes to each of our worldwide employees who are committed to energy management and environmental responsibility,” says Javier Chacon, chief global manufacturing operations officer at Hanes. Chacon accepted the award on behalf of the company at the banquet.
Looking forward, Hanes says it is focused on meeting “aggressive” environmental commitments for 2020. The company aims to reduce energy use and carbon dioxide emissions by 40 percent, and water use by 50 percent. For renewable energy, the company says it hopes to secure 40 percent of its energy from renewable sources, and divert 100 percent of waste from landfills by 2020.
“We are committed to continuing to make a positive and lasting contribution to our world in the years to come,” adds Faircloth.
To view the full report, visit http://bit.ly/2oWcKfe.