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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.


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.

Distintivo Award

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.




The Oeko-Tex


Standard 100 Certification is an inte nation-ally recognised

standard that assures our garments are free from harmful substances. All

of Gildan


and Anvil


branded apparel carry the Oeko-Tex


Standard 100



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

since 2003

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.