Operating responsibly and integrating sustainable solutions to drive success
MONTREAL, June 30, 2017/3BL Media/– Gildan Activewear Inc. (GIL; TSX and NYSE) has released its 2016 corporate, social and environmental responsibility (CSR) report on the Company’s dedicated CSR website genuinegildan.com. The report is aligned with the new Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards, offering a comprehensive online review on the progress of Gildan’s commitments to its people, communities, the environment and products.
Did you know that the consumer use of products is the largest contributor to the environmental footprint of almost all the products you buy? A recent study by researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology's Industrial Ecology Program1 found that consumer’s impact on the environment after the purchase of products such as clothing was responsible for more than 60 percent of that product’s greenhouse gas emissions and up to 80 percent of water use.
Authored By Garry Bell, VP, Corporate Communications and Marketing at Gildan
Recently, Cotton Inc. organized a workshop in New York City entitled “Everything You’ve Heard About Cotton is Wrong,” co-hosted by Sourcing Journal and moderated by Hertzman Media Group founder Edward Hertzman. Garry Bell, VP, Corporate Communications and Marketing at Gildan participated in a panel discussion during which many of the popular myths around the use of cotton where debunked.
It's no secret that apparel manufacturing and the consumer use of apparel have a strong connection to water.
As a vertically-integrated apparel manufacturer that is committed to sustainable operations, Gildan understands that our operations have a direct impact on the environment and that we need to continuously look for new ways to reduce our footprint, through improved water-use efficiencies or water recycling initiatives.
Gildan is proud to announce the donation and inauguration of the external newborn ward at Mario C. Rivas Hospital in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. The facility provides advanced care with specialized equipment and medical services to infants from the local community as well as the surrounding region. The inauguration took place on April 6, 2017 in the presence of the First Lady, Ana de Hernandez and Honduran Health Secretary, Delia Rivas.
Gildan proudly supports the communities in which we operate, often going well beyond simply creating employment in our facilities – towards driving our vision to make apparel better. Each year, Gildan organizes several employee volunteering activities enabling employees to get involved and contribute to the enrichment of their communities. For example, reforestation activities, improvements to schools’ infrastructure, as well as activities to raise funds for the fight against breast cancer.
From her start as a Communications Advisor in one of our manufacturing plants in Honduras, Astrid relocated to Montreal, Quebec in 2013 to become the Manager of Internal Communications at Gildan’s Headquarters. This is the story of an inspiring young woman who grew professionally with Gildan and brings her strong understanding of manufacturing and the business to making an impact on how we communicate with employees globally.
Donia's Story - Meet the people behind Gildan apparel
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Meet Donia Isidean, our Director of Product Development & Sourcing, for our legwear division in Canada. Donia has spent over 16 years growing her passion for legwear, from product development, sourcing and purchasing to marketing and merchandising. Donia can tell you everything about socks and hosiery, right from choosing the yarn combination, to the final packaging steps.
Gildan’s founders began manufacturing apparel more than 30 years ago in Canada, with a fundamental belief that owning its factories was the only way to ensure that products were better quality and always manufactured in the most responsible way. They also believed that true innovation and long term success would come from believing in its people, for it would be in their excellence and commitment that great things could be found.