Corporate Social Responsibility
From our suppliers to our customers!
A+ School Apparel is concerned about human dignity, and we have gone to great lengths to promote the well being of our workers, worldwide. While factories throughout the world operate in different legal and cultural environments, our Working Conditions/Code of Conduct Policy sets forth the requirements that all factories must meet, as a condition of doing business with us. A+ School Apparel will not support anything that compromises this Policy by infringing upon the human rights of any individual.
Domestic Working Conditions
Our factory in Star City, Arkansas, employs several hundred people year round. It is fully air-conditioned, highly automated, and employees work regular 8-hour shifts. A+ School Apparel provides a full range of health benefits to our employees and their families, including medical and dental coverage, life and short-term disability insurance, and a 401K plan with employer contributions. Employees also enjoy a liberal vacation and family leave policy. All of these are reasons why we have many dedicated and loyal employees who have been with the company since it relocated to Arkansas in 1985.
Off-Shore Code of Conduct
In regards to our off-shore production facilities, A+ School Apparel requires that our locations must operate in full compliance with the laws of their respective countries and with all other applicable laws, rules and regulations. Additionally, our company complies with all labor, worker health, safety and environmental laws in each of our locations; does not discriminate based on characteristics, beliefs, race, gender, nationality, religion, age, maternity or marital status; employs only workers that meet the applicable minimum legal age requirement; pays at least the minimum legal wage or the local industry standard, whichever is greater; and treats all their workers with dignity and respect in a safe and healthy environment.
At Russell Brands, LLC, we are part of the Fruit of the Loom family of brands, and we are committed to conducting business in a socially responsible fashion, reducing our environmental footprint, meeting the needs of the people involved in our supply chain and communities in which we operate. We have more than 30,000 team members worldwide and operate facilities in 26 countries.
People & Community
Unlike most apparel brands, more than 86 percent of Russell Athletic® products are manufactured in our own locations by our own team members. In fact, we are one of the largest private employers in Honduras and El Salvador, and we have helped with labor rights advancements in Honduras and throughout Central America. We have been Fair Labor Association accredited since 2011 and a member since 2002. Our Labor Relations Framework has been recognized with a Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence.
Our comprehensive Code of Conduct based on our core values of respect for people and doing business with integrity guides our responsible practices protecting our people and our planet. All of our owned and contract manufacturing locations are assessed annually.
As part of the Fruit of the Loom family of brands, we donate more than $3 million in new apparel to people in need each year. We also contribute more than $1.4 million annually to improving the physical and emotional wellbeing of others in communities around the world. We even customize community giving to make the greatest impact whether it’s Digital Learning Centers and our Community 5K in El Salvador or Fabric for Hospital Linens in Honduras.
As a large scale vertically-integrated manufacturer, Gildan is able to maintain strict control over the conditions under which its products are manufactured. Close to 90% of Gildan's revenues are derived from products that are manufactured in Company-owned and operated facilities. "Gildan was founded on the vision that owning its factories, investing in technology and pursuing continuous improvements was the best way to operate and to make better products," said Glenn Chamandy. "Our continued investments in our vertical integration are at the foundation of our business strategy and the key to our ability to positively influence every part of the overall production process including all activities across our four CSR pillars: People, Environment, Community and Product," he added.
Navigating the road towards Gildan's 2020 environmental goals
In 2016, Gildan demonstrated good progress towards its 2020 environmental goals which call for a 10% reduction in energy, water, GHG emissions and landfill waste intensity, per kg of product, from owned operations, when compared to the 2015 baseline year.
In 2016, Gildan's efficiency initiatives resulted in a reduction of its energy intensity by 10% and water intensity by 5%. The Company increased its industrial and domestic recycling programs globally to now recycle or repurpose 86% of total waste. Additionally, the Company powered 32% of its energy needs by renewable resources.
The Company is continuing to integrate manufacturing capacity from recent acquisitions and is firmly committed to meeting its 2020 GHG goal, by pursuing various initiatives including increasing its use of renewable resources such as biomass. The Company has a number of projects in research and development that hold promise to help meet its 2020 goals, and propel it along the next phase of its environmental journey.
Investments in Local Communities
As part of its commitment to Making Apparel Better™, Gildan has contributed close to $2 million towards projects in local communities in the U.S., Canada and Latin America in 2016. Some of these projects include:
The construction of a new infant ward for the Mario Catarino Rivas Hospital in Honduras which provides care and services to more than 3,000 infants annually. The newly expanded ward will not only reduce overcrowding at the hospital, but also help to lower mortality rates.
A partnership with World Vision Honduras for the "Building Safe and Healthy Environments for Children" program. In addition, Gildan made a commitment with the Ministry of Education to fully sponsor renovation projects for 10 schools in the Sula Valley, improving the school conditions for approximately 4,000 children.
Over 450 scholarships awarded to Gildan employees and community members to attend professional and vocational schools in Canada, the U.S. and Latin America.
Relief to communities in need due to several weather-related disasters that created difficult situations for residents: Gildan donated to UNICEF and Americares for the relief efforts in Haiti following Hurricane Matthew, as well as provided food and water kits to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. During the Fort McMurray, Alberta wildfires, the Company donated clothing items, including sweatshirts, t-shirts, underwear and socks to the over 88,000 evacuees. Gildan responded to the call for basic necessities for the families displaced by the Louisiana, USA floods, with the distribution of products including t-shirts, socks and underwear though the St. Vincent of Paul Society. Recognition and Awards
In recognition of Gildan's efforts to distinguish itself in the apparel industry through its CSR efforts, Gildan was again included on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World Index) for the fourth consecutive year. The Company remains the only North American company in the Textiles, Apparel and Luxury Goods industry group listed in the DJSI World Index.
In Latin America, Gildan was recognized with a Distintivo ESR 2016 award for the first time, presented by the Mexican Center for Philanthropy (Cemefi) and the Alliance for Corporate Social Responsibility (Aliarse). This award is presented to companies that are considered leaders in their corporate social responsibility efforts.