The problem of apparel waste has become, with over 10.5 million tons dumped in landfills in North America every year. There are many statistics quoted on the matter, but leave it to say that the vast majority of what we get rid of ends up in landfills, some say as high as 80%.
Marie-Chantal shares her story from losing her job during her maternity leave to finding her fit at Gildan. Here is her story:
Q: Tell us about a challenge you overcame during your career?
Shortly after I began my maternity leave with my second child, the company I was working for at the time restructured and I lost my job. It was hard for me to process the information when I got the phone call as I was in full-time mommy mode - taking care of a new born and completely absorbed by his wellbeing.
Gildan caught up with Lourdes Caballero, Senior Manager of Product Performance to hear about her career journey. From witnessing the company’s sudden growth to adapting to a larger team, Lourdes shares some of her cherished moments at Gildan.
Q: Tell us about your job:
I’m currently responsible for managing the development of new products.
I started 9 years ago as a product coordinator, already having 11 years of experience in the apparel industry; I was able to transfer a lot of that knowledge to my new position.
In honor of International Women’s Day, Gildan is launching a new blog series entitled “Hear Her Story” which will allow readers to meet women behind the scenes of Gildan’s success and get a glimpse of their #LifeatGildan.
Building a sustainable wardrobe may seem daunting, but it’s easier than you think. Being a conscious consumer starts in your own closet. It requires thinking differently about what we have, what we buy and how we wear them. Being conscious about our buying choices means taking a moment to think about what clothing we buy and what we do with the clothes we already own.
As a global company, Gildan recognizes that one of its greatest strengths comes from the collective diversity of its organization. The Company is focused on supporting a culture that encourages the contributions of everyone and is invested in the development of its employees and communities, further enabling them to recognize and reach their full potential.
Education and screening program for the prevention of breast cancer
Gildan’s annual “Pink Tour” in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness held during the month of October is an initiative aimed at raising awareness of breast cancer at Gildan’s facilities in Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean Basin.
The Pink Tour fosters a culture of prevention and inspires breast cancer advocacy, honoring those affected by the disease. Resident Gildan doctors toured the facilities to lead presentations on the importance of prevention through early detection and intervention.
Starting in the fall of 2018, Gildan launches its “Young Sustainability Leaders” program to inspire and empower students to be the next generation of social and environmental entrepreneurs. Gildan is proud to support organizations that are promoting the knowledge, tools and motivation to spark the powerful impact youth can have in creating a better future.
Gildan partners with the Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) and the Canadian Embassy to support entrepreneurship and women empowerment initiatives
Gildan has launched a new initiative in the Dominican Republic entitled "La Comunidad Emprende"(The Community Startup). Co -funded by the Canadian Embassy and in partnership with the Batey Relief Alliance, the program aims to empower women and young people, providing training, guidance and the encouragement to pursue their own business.