Products for peace of mind
Our vertically integrated operating model allows us to understand all
impacts across the full lifecycle of our products. We take a holistic perspec-
tive to ensure that every stage in producing our products is consistent with
our values of sustainable production.
From the beginning, we predominantly choose U.S. cotton, which is
among the most sustainably grown and ethically harvested cotton in the
world. We are a member of the Cot-ton LEADS™ programme, which is a
partnership among cotton producers and buyers to give consumers the
confidence that their raw materials a e responsibly produced and identified
We have implemented a Global Quality system which ensures that we have
a proactive approach to ensuring our products meet high performance
standards at all stages of production. This certification shows Gildan s
commitment toward protecting the health of its consumers and employees
as well as utilising environmentally responsible manufacturing processes.
AWARDS & CERTIFICATIONS
Dow Jones Sustainability World Index
In 2016, our sustainability performance was recognised for the fourth year
in a row, being listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI
World). We are the only North American company in the Textiles, Ap-
parel and Luxury Goods industry group to be included in the DJSI World
Index. In addition, Gildan has been included for the first time in the DJS
North America Index. The DJSI is recognised as one of the most widely
recognised sustainability rankings, which evaluates companies on their
economic, environmental and social performance who are more likely to
create a competitive advantage and long-term stakeholder value.
In Latin America, we have also garnered a Distintivo Award this year pre-
sented by the Mexican Centre for Philanthropy (Cemefi) and the Alliance fo
Corporate Social responsibility (Aliarse) to companies in
Latin America that are considered leaders in their corporate social respon-
sibility (CSR) efforts.
Standard 100 Certification is an inte nation-ally recognised
standard that assures our garments are free from harmful substances. All
branded apparel carry the Oeko-Tex
PARTNERSHIPS & MEMBERSHIPS
Sustainable Apparel Coalition – Member since 2013
With the creation of an apparel and footwear index, the SAC aims at reduc-
ing redundancy in measuring sustainability in the apparel and footwear
industries, driving business value through risk reduction and creating a
common method used by organisations to communicate sustainability to
Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP)
– 10 certified Gildan sewing facilitie
WRAP is an independent, non-profit organisation dedicated to the p omo-
tion and certification of lawful, humane and ethical manufacturing th ough-
out the world. WRAP promotes 12 principles that ensure that core labour
concepts are understood and practiced on the shop floor and by manag -
ment. WRAP relies upon independent, third-party monitors to certify that
factories are in compliance with WRAP’s set of principles.
Fair Labor Association (FLA) – Participating member
The FLA is a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organisation whose goa
is to promote adherence to international labour standards and improve
working conditions worldwide. It represents a multi-stakeholder coalition of
companies, universities and non-governmental organisations committed
to a rigorous programme of code of conduct implementation, monitoring
and remediation in order to bring manufacturing sites into compliance with
FLA standards. Gildan was the first vertically integrated basic activewea
apparel manufacturer to have its social compliance programme accredited
by the FLA.
Cotton LEADS™ Programme
Cotton LEADS™ is a programme that is committed to responsibly pro-
duced cotton. Built upon core principles that are consistent with sustain-
ability, the use of best practices and traceability in the supply chain, Cotton
LEADS™ offers cotton users the confidence and knowledge that thei
raw material is responsibly produced and identified. Cotton LEADS™ is
programme founded by an alliance of industry organisations in Australia
and the United States of America.
Better Work – Participating member in Haiti since 2009
and Nicaragua since 2013
Gildan has been participating in the International Labour Organisa-
tion’s Better Work Programme through its third-party contractors in Haiti.
This programme is a unique partnership programme developed by the
International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the International Finance Cor-
poration (IFC). The programme aims to improve compli-ance with labour
standards and competitiveness in global supply chains. It is offered in spe-
cific countries, whe e the ILO and IFC work together to mobilise necessary
resources for projects specific to each countr .
Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) – Participating since
The CDP works with organisations worldwide to drive transparency and ef-
fectiveness of reporting processes with regards to international disclosures
of corporate greenhouse gas emissions and climate change strategies.
Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (SEDEX)
Gildan is a member of Sedex, the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange, which
provides member companies with a secure web-based platform for stor-
ing and sharing information on four key pillars: Health and Safety, Labour
Standards, Business Ethics and the Environment. Sedex is not a standard
setting body and doesn’t approve or certify our policies and standards.
Instead, becoming a member of Sedex is a sign of Gildan’s willingness to
share information and to use this information to help manage and improve
ethical standards within its supply chain.