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Montreal, Thursday, September 7, 2017 - Gildan Included In the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for Fifth Consecutive Year

Montreal, Thursday, September 7, 2017 – Gildan Activewear Inc. (GIL: TSX and NYSE), announced today that the Company has been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World Index) for the fifth consecutive year and the DJSI North American Index for the second consecutive year. Gildan remains the only North American company in the Textiles, Apparel and Luxury Goods industry group listed in the DJSI World Index.

“We take great pride in our inclusion in the DJSI indices, which is a testimony to our ongoing commitment to operating responsibly and sustainably,” said Glenn Chamandy, President and Chief Executive Officer, Gildan. “We are focused on our vision of Making Apparel Better™ and leveraging our vertically-integrated business model, wherein we own and operate our manufacturing facilities and directly control almost all aspects of the process, allowing us to positively influence our impacts and how our products are made.”

In 2016, Gildan continued to show good progress towards reaching its Genuine Responsibility™ 2020 Goals. The Company effectively reduced energy usage intensity by 10%, mainly through the use of high efficiency steam absorption chillers that harness thermal energy from BioMass steam systems to generate air conditioning for its facilities. Additionally, the Company leveraged renewable energy sources thus avoiding over 155,000 tons of its GHG emissions primarily through its highly efficient BioMass systems, which burn agricultural and manufacturing waste to generate steam for Gildan’s textile facilities. This past year, another important milestone was achieved within the Company’s waste management initiatives wherein Gildan recycled or repurposed 86% of its total company waste.

Gildan is fully dedicated to empowering its employees to reach their potential and share in the Company’s success. In addition to comprehensive benefits packages, including free or subsidized meals and transportation, Gildan’s employees benefitted from more than 800,000 hours of training in 2016, which included environment, health and safety, professional development, academic and technical training. Gildan also supports its employees in many of the regions where the Company operates with various healthcare initiatives. The Company provides employees free access to on-site, fully-equipped medical clinics focused on frontline healthcare, workplace-related health issues and additional services such as pre-natal care and vaccinations. In 2016, more than 178,000 medical consultations were provided free of charge to the Company’s employees. The Dow Jones Sustainability World Index comprises global sustainability leaders and represents the top 10% of the largest 2,500 companies in the S&P Global BMI (Broad Market Index) based on long-term economic, environmental and social criteria. It is a best-in-class benchmark that allows investors to identify companies that anticipate and manage current and future economic, environmental and social opportunities and risks by focusing on sustainability, innovation and who are committed to operating responsibly. Increasingly, these companies are seen as leaders who are more likely to have a strong competitive advantage and who create long-term stakeholder value.

The Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index (DJSI North America) was established in September 2005 to track the performance of companies from Canada and the United States of America that lead the field in terms of corporate sustainability.

About Gildan

Gildan is a leading manufacturer and marketer of quality branded basic family apparel, including T-shirts, fleece, sport shirts, underwear, socks, hosiery, and shapewear. The Company sells its products under a diversified portfolio of company-owned brands, including the Gildan®, Gold Toe®, Anvil®, Comfort Colors®, Alstyle®, Secret®, Silks®, Kushyfoot®, Secret Silky®, Peds®, MediPeds® and Therapy Plus™ brands. Sock products are also distributed through the Company’s exclusive U.S. sock license for the Under Armour® brand, and a wide array of products is also marketed through a global license for the Mossy Oak® brand. The Company sells its products through two primary channels of distribution, namely printwear and retail markets. The Company distributes its products in printwear markets in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. In retail markets, the Company sells its products to a broad spectrum of retailers primarily in the U.S. and Canada and also manufactures for select leading global athletic and lifestyle consumer brands.

Gildan owns and operates vertically-integrated, large-scale manufacturing facilities which are primarily located in Central America, the Caribbean Basin, North America and Bangladesh. These facilities are strategically located to efficiently service the quick replenishment needs of its customers in the printwear and retail markets. Gildan has over 48,000 employees worldwide and is committed to industry-leading labour and environmental practices throughout the Company’s supply chain. More information about the Company and its corporate citizenship practices and initiatives can be found at www.gildancorp.com and www.genuinegildan.com, respectively.

September 6, 2017 - Gildan partners with the Salvation Army to Support Victims of Hurricane Harvey with Donation of Essential Clothing items

Montreal, Wednesday, September 6, 2017 – Gildan announced today that it is donating a shipment of basic clothing items, including underwear and socks, to those forced to evacuate their homes because of the continued rain and flooding from Hurricane Harvey. Gildan has partnered with The Salvation Army to distribute the donated goods, which has over 250 volunteers and staff on the ground and distribution logistics in place to aid residents displaced by the devastating floods.

“Our thoughts are with the residents of Houston and surrounding areas who are facing the aftermath of this natural disaster,” said Glenn Chamandy, President and CEO of Gildan. “As residents deal with the uncertainty from being displaced from their homes for an undetermined time, it is our hope that access to basic essentials will aid in their immediate comfort.” Many parts of Houston will be inhabitable for weeks to come, due to the many health risks and damage to infrastructure that the flooding has caused. The Salvation Army has dispatched 100 mobile units and has provided lodging to over 2,200 people in 22 shelters as well as accommodated displaced residents throughout Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.

One of the pillars of the company’s Genuine ResponsibilityTM program is to be supportive of communities impacted by natural disasters, assisting those that find themselves in difficult situations. Gildan is proud to support The Salvation Army which has mobilized its resources to distribute items to those residents hardest hit by the storm.

To make a financial donation to support the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts please go to www.helpsalvationarmy.org, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or text STORM to 51555.

About Gildan

Gildan is a leading manufacturer and marketer of quality branded basic family apparel, including T-shirts, fleece, sport shirts, underwear, socks, hosiery, and shapewear. The Company sells its products under a diversified portfolio of company-owned brands, including the Gildan®, Gold Toe®, Anvil®, Comfort Colors®, American Apparel®, Alstyle®, Secret®, Silks®, Kushyfoot®, Secret Silky®, Peds®, MediPeds®, and Therapy Plus™ brands. Sock products are also distributed through the Company’s exclusive U.S. sock license for the Under Armour® brand, and a wide array of products are also marketed through a global license for the Mossy Oak® brand. The Company's products are sold in two primary markets, namely the printwear and retail markets. The Company distributes its products in printwear markets in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America. In retail markets, the Company sells its products to a broad spectrum of retailers primarily in the U.S. and Canada and also manufactures for select leading global athletic and lifestyle consumer brands.

Gildan owns and operates vertically-integrated, large-scale manufacturing facilities which are primarily located in Central America, the Caribbean Basin, North America, and Bangladesh. These facilities are strategically located to efficiently service the quick replenishment needs of Gildan's customers. With over 48,000 employees worldwide Gildan operates with a strong commitment to industry-leading labour and environmental practices throughout its supply chain in accordance with its comprehensive corporate social responsibility program embedded in the Company's long-term business strategy. More information about the Company and its corporate citizenship practices and initiatives can be found at www.gildancorp.com and www.genuinegildan.com, respectively.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

June 30, 2017 - Gildan releases its 2016 CSR report

Montreal, June 30, 2017 – 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. 

“As one of the world’s largest manufacturers of apparel and socks, we understand that operating responsibly and integrating sustainable solutions drives our success and enables our future growth,” said Glenn Chamandy, President and CEO, Gildan. “Providing good working conditions for our employees, improving the communities where we operate and pursuing continuous improvements to reduce our impacts on future generations is at the foundation of our commitment.”

Making Apparel Better™

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 BetterTM, 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.  

About Gildan

Gildan is a leading manufacturer and marketer of quality branded basic family apparel, including T-shirts, fleece, sport shirts, underwear, socks, hosiery, and shapewear. The Company sells its products under a diversified portfolio of company-owned brands, including the Gildan®, Gold Toe®, American Apparel®, Anvil®, Comfort Colors®, Alstyle®, Peds® brands, as well as the Secret®, Silks®, Kushyfoot® and Therapy Plus™ brands. The Company also has the U.S. sock license for Under Armour®, and licenses for the Mossy Oak® and New Balance® brands. The Company distributes its products in printwear markets in the U.S. and Canada, as well as in Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. The Company also markets its products to a broad spectrum of retailers primarily in the U.S. and Canada. The Company also manufactures for select leading global athletic and lifestyle consumer brands.

Gildan owns and operates vertically-integrated, large-scale manufacturing facilities which are primarily located in Central America, the Caribbean Basin, North America and Bangladesh and are strategically positioned to efficiently service the quick replenishment needs of its customers in the printwear and retail markets. Gildan has over 48,000 direct employees worldwide and is committed to industry-leading labour and environmental practices at all of its facilities. More information about the Company and its corporate citizenship practices and initiatives can be found at its corporate websites www.gildancorp.com and www.genuinegildan.com, respectively.

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Investor inquiries:
Sophie Argiriou
Vice President, Investor Communications
(514) 343-8815
sargiriou@gildan.com

Media inquiries:
Garry Bell
Vice President, Corporate Marketing and Communications
(514) 744-8600
gbell@gildan.com

Gildan recognized with a Distintivo ESR award for second consecutive year

Montreal, Monday, May 9, 2017 – Gildan has been recognized with a Distintivo ESR® 2017 award, presented by the Mexican Center for Philanthropy (Cemefi) and the Alliance for Corporate Social responsibility (AliaRSE) to companies in Latin America that meet their designated standards in the strategic areas of corporate social responsibility (CSR).

The Distintivo ESR® aims to recognize companies’ efforts to voluntarily and publicly undertake the commitment to implement socially responsible management and continuous improvement as part of their culture and business strategy. The Company received the award for its commitment to supporting communities in Honduras, having donated over $2.5 million to health and education-related projects in 2015/2016. Gildan remains the only recipient in the apparel sector in Honduras.

“We are proud of achieving this distinction once again this year, recognizing our efforts to be a valuable contributor in the countries where we operate,” said Benito Masi, Executive Vice-President, Manufacturing. “Gildan understands that providing safe and healthy working conditions for our employees, supporting the fundamental needs of our communities and innovating to reduce our environmental footprint are key to our continued success and future growth.”

Gildan was honoured with this distinction during an award ceremony in Mexico on May 4th, as part of the X Latin American Conference of Socially Responsible Companies. http://www.cemefi.org/esr/

About Gildan Gildan is a leading manufacturer and marketer of quality branded basic family apparel, including T-shirts, fleece, sport shirts, underwear, socks, hosiery, and shapewear. The Company sells its products under a diversified portfolio of company-owned brands, including the Gildan®, Gold Toe®, Anvil®, Comfort Colors®, American Apparel®, Alstyle®, Secret®, Silks®, Kushyfoot®, Secret Silky®, Peds®, MediPeds®, and Therapy Plus® brands. Sock products are also distributed through the Company’s exclusive U.S. sock license for the Under Armour® brand, and a wide array of products are also marketed through a global license for the Mossy Oak® brand. The Company's products are sold in two primary markets, namely the printwear and retail markets. The Company distributes its products in printwear markets in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America. In retail markets, the Company sells its products to a broad spectrum of retailers primarily in the U.S. and Canada and also manufactures for select leading global athletic and lifestyle consumer brands.

Gildan owns and operates vertically-integrated, large-scale manufacturing facilities which are primarily located in Central America, the Caribbean Basin, North America, and Bangladesh. These facilities are strategically located to efficiently service the quick replenishment needs of Gildan's customers. With over 48,000 employees worldwide Gildan operates with a strong commitment to industry-leading labour and environmental practices throughout its supply chain in accordance with its comprehensive corporate social responsibility program embedded in the Company's long-term business strategy. More information about the Company and its corporate citizenship practices and initiatives can be found at www.gildan.com and www.genuinegildan.com, respectively.

Media inquiries:
Garry Bell
Vice President, Corporate Marketing and Communications
(514) 744-8600
gbell@gildan.com

October 27, 2016 - Gildan Donates to Humanitarian Relief Efforts in Haiti

Montréal, October 27, 2016 – Gildan Activewear Inc. (GIL; TSX and NYSE) announced today that it is donating $50,000 to assist with the relief efforts in Haiti following Hurricane Matthew. The funds will be distributed equally between two organizations – UNICEF and Americares, as each focuses its efforts on different areas of intervention. Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti earlier this month as a category four hurricane, resulting in extensive flooding and mudslides, damage to roads and infrastructure, and electricity and water shortages.

“Fortunately, none of our Gildan employees or the employees at our contractors’ facilities in the Port-au- Prince area were directly impacted by the storm,” said Freddy Barrantes, Gildan Country Manager, Caribbean Bassin. “Nevertheless, having had a presence in Haiti for more than 15 years, we wanted to assist in meeting the needs of the affected communities.”

Gildan has also donated food and water kits to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and continues to monitor the situation in the affected areas.

About Gildan
Gildan is a leading manufacturer and marketer of quality branded basic family apparel, including T-shirts, fleece, sport shirts, underwear, socks, hosiery, and shapewear. The Company sells its products under a diversified portfolio of company-owned brands, including the Gildan®, Gold Toe®, Anvil®, Comfort Colors®, Alstyle®, Secret®, Silks®, Kushyfoot®, Secret Silky®, Peds®, MediPeds® and Therapy Plus™ brands. Sock products are also distributed through the Company’s exclusive U.S. sock license for the Under Armour® brand, and a wide array of products is also marketed through a global license for the Mossy Oak® brand. The Company sells its products through two primary channels of distribution, namely printwear and retail markets. The Company distributes its products in printwear markets in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. In retail markets, the Company sells its products to a broad spectrum of retailers primarily in the U.S. and Canada and also manufactures for select leading global athletic and lifestyle consumer brands.

Gildan owns and operates vertically-integrated, large-scale manufacturing facilities which are primarily located in Central America, the Caribbean Basin, North America and Bangladesh. These facilities are strategically located to efficiently service the quick replenishment needs of its customers in the printwear and retail markets. Gildan has over 48,000 employees worldwide and is committed to industry-leading labour and environmental practices throughout the Company’s supply chain. More information about the Company and its corporate citizenship practices and initiatives can be found at www.gildan.com and www.genuinegildan.com, respectively.

About UNICEF
UNICEF’s current relief efforts are focused on providing people access to clean water, hygiene and sanitation, getting children back to school, and restoring basic health and nutrition services for women and children.

About Americares
Americares’ emergency response teams are providing medicine and medical supplies to clinics and hospitals, expanding mobile medical care in areas where health facilities are damaged or overwhelmed, and providing water purification supplies and other cholera prevention items to devastated communities, representing over 1.4 million people.

Media Relations:
Garry Bell
Vice President, Corporate Marketing and Communications
(514) 744-8600
gbell@gildan.com

September 26, 2016 - Gildan Joins the Cotton LEADS Program

Montréal, Monday, September 26th, 2016 – Gildan Activewear Inc. (GIL; TSX and NYSE) is pleased to announce that the company has joined the Cotton LEADS™ program. This program is committed to the use of best practices and traceability in the cotton supply chain. “Gildan is well-known for its commitments to quality apparel and to responsible manufacturing,” says Mark Messura, Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Marketing at Cotton Incorporated. “As such, they have firsthand knowledge of the environmental gains that cotton growers, represented by the Cotton LEADS™ program, continue to achieve.”

Gildan is a vertically-integrated manufacturer, controlling virtually every stage of the production process from raw materials to finished products, and understands that operating responsibly and sustainably is a critical element of the company’s overall business strategy and continued success.

Gildan currently employs more than 2,600 full time employees in the U.S. and is one of the largest domestic consumers of U.S. cotton, with more than U.S. $400 million in invested yarn spinning facilities in North Carolina and Georgia. “Our investment demonstrates the confidence we have in U.S. farmers, and the industry, to supply one of the world’s best cotton crops for our needs, delivering high quality fiber that is sustainably grown and ethically harvested” says Chuck Ward, President Gildan Yarns LLC and board member of The Cotton Board. “Over the past 30 years we have successfully integrated sustainable solutions across the complete manufacturing process, and our strategic choice to use U.S. cotton aligns very well with that ongoing commitment.”

Available at www.genuinegildan.com, Gildan recently published its 2015 CSR report which outlines the company’s many efforts across all areas of corporate social responsibility. Using the GRI-G4 guidelines, this year’s update includes the company’s environmental reduction target results for the period from 2010-2015.

Media Relations:

Gildan Activewear Inc.
Garry Bell
Vice President, Corporate Marketing and Communications
(514) 744-8600
gbell@gildan.com

Cotton LEADS™ (USA)
Marjory Walker
(901) 274-9030
MWALKER@cotton.org

James Pruden
(919) 678-2365
jpruden@cottoninc.com

Cotton LEADS™ (Australia)
Brooke Summers
(0418) 962 942
brooke@stepcommunication.com

September 8, 2016 - Gildan Included In the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for Fourth Consecutive Year

Montreal, Thursday, September 8, 2016 – Gildan Activewear Inc. (GIL: TSX and NYSE), a global manufacturer and marketer of quality family apparel, announced today that the Company has been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World Index) for the fourth consecutive year. Gildan remains the only North American company in the Textiles, Apparel and Luxury Goods industry group listed in the DJSI World Index. Gildan is also pleased this year to have been included for the first time in the DJSI North American Index.

This ranking is an important recognition of Gildan’s Genuine Responsibility™ program, encompassing the full spectrum of corporate social responsibility initiatives that touch all aspects of the Company’s operations. Gildan’s vertically-integrated business model and ongoing manufacturing investments allow it to have visibility over the complete production process, positively influencing the social, environmental and economic impacts associated with each step.

“Being included on the DJSI World index once again is a great source of pride for our employees, customers and partners worldwide and a validation that we are investing our energies in the right places to deliver sustainable value to all of our stakeholders,” said Glenn Chamandy, President and Chief Executive Officer, Gildan. “As one of the largest apparel manufacturers in the world, we acknowledge the impacts of our operations and remain committed to leading the industry by ensuring that no detail is overlooked in producing our product in the most sustainable manner possible.”

The Company recently published, for the 12th consecutive year, its Genuine Responsibility™ report. One of the highlights of the 2015 update was the Company’s strong performance on its 2010-2015 five-year goals. During that period Gildan reduced greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 34%, reduced energy use and water per kg of production by 14% and 17% respectively, and recycled or repurposed 89% of its total waste. The Company also increased its reliance on renewable energy solutions and generated 51% of its energy needs through the use of biomass. Gildan remains committed to investing in new technologies and innovation to further drive continuous improvements in reducing the Company’s energy, GHG emissions intensity, water and waste footprint.

The Dow Jones Sustainability World Index comprises global sustainability leaders and represents the top 10% of the largest 2,500 companies in the S&P Global BMI (Broad Market Index) based on long-term economic, environmental and social criteria. It is a leading benchmark for identifying the organizational drivers that are most likely to contribute to long-term value creation for all stakeholders, and remains one of the world’s most credible sustainability ratings.
 

About Gildan
Gildan is a leading manufacturer and marketer of quality branded basic family apparel, including T-shirts, fleece, sport shirts, underwear, socks, hosiery, and shapewear. The Company sells its products under a diversified portfolio of company-owned brands, including the Gildan®, Gold Toe®, Anvil®, Comfort Colors®, Alstyle®, Secret®, Silks®, Kushyfoot®, Secret Silky®, Peds®, MediPeds® and Therapy Plus™ brands. Sock products are also distributed through the Company’s exclusive U.S. sock license for the Under Armour® brand, and a wide array of products is also marketed through a global license for the Mossy Oak® brand. The Company sells its products through two primary channels of distribution, namely printwear and retail markets. The Company distributes its products in printwear markets in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. In retail markets, the Company sells its products to a broad spectrum of retailers primarily in the U.S. and Canada and also manufactures for select leading global athletic and lifestyle consumer brands.

Gildan owns and operates vertically-integrated, large-scale manufacturing facilities which are primarily located in Central America, the Caribbean Basin, North America and Bangladesh. These facilities are strategically located to efficiently service the quick replenishment needs of its customers in the printwear and retail markets. Gildan has over 48,000 employees worldwide and is committed to industry-leading labour and environmental practices throughout the Company’s supply chain. More information about the Company and its corporate citizenship practices and initiatives can be found at www.gildan.com and www.genuinegildan.com, respectively.


Investor inquiries:
Sophie Argiriou
(514) 343-8815
sargiriou@gildan.com


Media inquiries:
Garry Bell
(514) 744-8600
gbell@gildan.com

August 26, 2016 - Gildan Donates Products in Support of Louisiana Flood Victims

Montreal, Friday, August 26, 2016 – Gildan Activewear Inc. (GIL: TSX and NYSE) Gildan announced that it is donating an assortment of clothing items, including t-shirts, underwear and socks, to the victims of the Louisiana floods. The donation is being made to the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s office to support their efforts in distributing clothing items to some of the over 30,000 families displaced.

“Our thoughts are with the residents of southeast Louisiana in the wake of this devastating event,” said Eric Lehman, President, Branded Products, Gildan. “Gildan is once again responding to a need for humanitarian aid in the regions where we operate and we hope that these basic items can help provide a small amount of comfort to the displaced individuals and families in Louisiana.”

Under the Company’s Gildan Gives program, Gildan has encouraged its more than 2,600 employees in the United States to get involved and will match all monetary donations made towards the relief efforts.

About Gildan

Gildan is a leading manufacturer and marketer of quality branded basic family apparel, including T-shirts, fleece, sport shirts, underwear, socks, hosiery, and shapewear. The Company sells its products under a diversified portfolio of company-owned brands, including the Gildan®, Gold Toe®, Anvil®, Comfort Colors®, Alstyle®, Secret®, Silks®, Kushyfoot®, Secret Silky®, Peds®, MediPeds® and Therapy Plus™ brands. Sock products are also distributed through the Company’s exclusive U.S. sock license for the Under Armour® brand, and a wide array of products is also marketed through a global license for the Mossy Oak® brand. The Company sells its products through two primary channels of distribution, namely printwear and retail markets. The Company distributes its products in printwear markets in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. In retail markets, the Company sells its products to a broad spectrum of retailers primarily in the U.S. and Canada and also manufactures for select leading global athletic and lifestyle consumer brands.

Gildan owns and operates vertically-integrated, large-scale manufacturing facilities which are primarily located in Central America, the Caribbean Basin, North America and Bangladesh. These facilities are strategically located to efficiently service the quick replenishment needs of its customers in the printwear and retail markets. Gildan has over 47,000 employees worldwide and is committed to industry-leading labour and environmental practices throughout the Company’s supply chain. More information about the Company and its corporate citizenship practices and initiatives can be found at www.gildan.com and www.genuinegildan.com, respectively.

Media inquiries:
Garry Bell
(514) 744-8600
gbell@gildan.com
 

May 17, 2016 - Gildan Donates to Relief Efforts for Fort McMurray Fire Victims

Montreal, Tuesday, May 17, 2016 – Gildan announced today that it is donating a large collection of clothing items, including t-shirts, underwear and socks, to the evacuees of the Fort McMurray fires. The donation, with a retail value of more than $400,000 is being made to the Edmonton Emergency Relief Services Society (EERSS) which has established the necessary infrastructure to receive the shipment and deliver the items to the people displaced by the devastating forest fires.

“Our thoughts are with the residents of Fort McMurray and Northern Alberta who have been forced to flee their homes, leaving everything they value behind,” said Glenn Chamandy, President and CEO of Gildan. “One of the pillars of our company’s corporate social responsibility program, Genuine Gildan, is to be supportive of the communities where we operate, and as such, we are pleased to be able to assist Canadians who find themselves in this difficult situation.”

Under the Company’s Gildan Gives program, Gildan has announced that it will match monetary donations made by any of its more than 600 Canadian employees towards the relief efforts.

“It is our hope that our efforts will assist the Fort McMurray residents displaced by the fires in the process of getting their lives back to normal,” added Mr. Chamandy.

About Gildan

Gildan is a leading manufacturer and marketer of quality branded basic family apparel, including T-shirts, fleece, sport shirts, underwear, socks, hosiery, and shapewear. The Company sells its products under a diversified portfolio of company-owned brands, including the Gildan®, Gold Toe®, Anvil®, Comfort Colors® and Alstyle® brands, as well as the Secret®, Silks® and Therapy Plus™ brands. The Company also has the U.S. sock license for Under Armour®, and licenses for the Mossy Oak® and New Balance® brands. The Company distributes its products in printwear markets in the U.S. and Canada, as well as in Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. The Company also markets its products to a broad spectrum of retailers primarily in the U.S. and Canada. The Company also manufactures for select leading global athletic and lifestyle consumer brands.

Gildan owns and operates vertically-integrated, large-scale manufacturing facilities which are primarily located in Central America, the Caribbean Basin and the United States, and are strategically positioned to efficiently service the quick replenishment needs of its customers in the printwear and retail markets. Gildan has over 42,000 employees worldwide and is committed to industry-leading labour and environmental practices at all of its facilities. More information about the Company and its corporate citizenship practices and initiatives can be found at its corporate websites www.gildan.com and www.genuinegildan.com, respectively.

Media Relations:

Garry Bell
Vice President, Corporate Marketing and Communications
514-744-8600
gbell@gildan.com

May 10, 2016 - Gildan awarded a prestigious Distintivo ESR® 2016 award

Montreal, Tuesday, May 10, 2016 – Gildan has been recognized with a Distintivo ESR® 2016 award, presented by the Mexican Center for Philanthropy (Cemefi) and the Alliance for Corporate Social responsibility (Aliarse) to companies in Latin America that are considered leaders in their corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts. These organizations measure the CSR activities of Latin American companies, selecting those that are most successful in meeting designated standards within strategic areas of corporate social responsibility.

The Distintivo ESR® award recognizes the efforts of companies that voluntarily and publicly commit to implementing a social responsibility and continuous improvement management system, and fully integrate it into their culture and business strategy. Gildan is the only company in the apparel sector listed this year.

“It is an honour to be recognized by progressive organizations in Latin America for the efforts that we are making to provide good working conditions for our employees, minimize our environmental footprint and nurture the communities in which we operate,” said Benito Masi, Executive Vice-President, Manufacturing. “At Gildan we have a strong commitment to operating responsibly and sustainably, as a core element of our business model and key driver of our future growth and success.”

Gildan is committed to providing safe, ethical and fair working conditions for employees, with additional benefits, such as free medical care and subsidized transportation and meals. The Company’s responsibilities to ensure the health and safety of its employees, the safeguarding of the environment and adherence to its Code of Conduct are supported by a rigorous auditing process. Gildan also works to assess the needs of the communities in which it operates and over the past years has undertaken projects to improve schools’ infrastructure, implement health programs and offer educational programs, to improve the quality of life of its employees and their communities. The Company works in a spirit of collaboration and maintains ongoing constructive dialogue with both internationally recognized and local NGOs to address issues within the apparel industry.

Gildan was honoured with this distinction during an award ceremony in Mexico on May 4th, as part of the IX Latin American Conference of Socially Responsible Companies. http://www.cemefi.org/esr/.

About Gildan

Gildan is a leading manufacturer and marketer of quality branded basic family apparel, including T-shirts, fleece, sport shirts, underwear, socks, hosiery, and shapewear. The Company sells its products under a diversified portfolio of company-owned brands, including the Gildan®, Gold Toe®, Anvil® and Comfort Colors® brands and brand extensions, as well as the Secret®, Silks® and Therapy Plus™ brands. The Company also has the U.S. sock license for Under Armour®, and licenses for the Mossy Oak® and New Balance® brands. The Company distributes its products in printwear markets in the U.S. and Canada, as well as in Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. The Company also markets its products to a broad spectrum of retailers primarily in the U.S. and Canada. The Company also manufactures for select leading global athletic and lifestyle consumer brands.


Media Relations:

Garry Bell
Vice President, Corporate Marketing and Communications
514-744-8600
gbell@gildan.com

SEPTEMBER 11, 2015 - GILDAN ACTIVEWEAR INCLUDED IN DOW JONES SUSTAINABILITY WORLD INDEX FOR A THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR

Montréal, Friday, September 11, 2015 – Gildan Activewear Inc. (GIL; TSX and NYSE) today announced that the Company has been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World Index) for a third consecutive year, effective as of September 21, 2015.

Gildan is the only North American company in the Textiles, Apparel and Luxury Goods industry group to be included in the DJSI World Index.

“We are pleased to once again be included in the DJSI World Index,” said Glenn Chamandy, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are very proud of this achievement and share the recognition with our 42,000 dedicated employees and all our stakeholders and business partners worldwide. As one of the world's leading vertically-integrated manufacturers of everyday family apparel, we recognize first hand that a strong commitment to leading corporate social responsibility practices and a culture of continuous improvement and investments in the latest technology are equally critical to our success. The inclusion in the DJSI World Index as the only North American company in our sector provides further validation that Gildan is genuinely focused on leading the way. We remain committed to these efforts as we recognize they are an essential part of our future success.”

 

The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices were launched in 1999 as the first global sustainability benchmarks. The indices are offered cooperatively by RobecoSAM and S&P Dow Jones Indices. The family tracks the stock performance of the world's leading companies in terms of economic, environmental and social criteria. The indices serve as benchmarks for investors who integrate sustainability considerations into their portfolios, and provide an effective engagement platform for companies who want to adopt sustainable best practices.

To learn more about Gildan's various CSR programs and initiatives, please visit GenuineGildan.com.

About Gildan

Gildan is a leading supplier of quality branded basic family apparel, including T-shirts, fleece, sport shirts, underwear, socks, hosiery, and shapewear. The Company sells its products under a diversified portfolio of company-owned brands, including the Gildan®, Gold Toe®, Anvil® and Comfort Colors® brands and brand extensions, as well as the Secret®, Silks® and Therapy Plus™ brands. The Company also has the U.S. sock license for Under Armour®, and licenses for the Mossy Oak® and New Balance® brands. The Company distributes its products in printwear markets in the U.S. and Canada, as well as in Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. The Company also markets its products to a broad spectrum of retailers primarily in the U.S. and Canada. The Company also manufactures for select leading global athletic and lifestyle consumer brands.

Gildan owns and operates vertically-integrated, large-scale manufacturing facilities which are primarily located in Central America, the Caribbean Basin and the United States, and are strategically positioned to efficiently service the quick replenishment needs of its customers in the printwear and retail markets. Gildan has over 42,000 employees worldwide and is committed to industry-leading labour and environmental practices at all of its facilities. More information about the Company and its corporate citizenship practices and initiatives can be found at its corporate websites www.gildan.com and www.genuinegildan.com, respectively.

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CONTACTS:

Investor Relations
Sophie Argiriou,
Vice-President,
Investor Communications
Tel: (514) 343-8815
Email: sargiriou@gildan.com
 
Media Relations
Geneviève Gosselin,
Director, Corporate Communications
Tel: (514) 343-8814
Email: ggosselin@gildan.com

July 29, 2015 - Gildan Releases 2014 Update of Corporate Social Responsibility Website

Montréal, Wednesday, July 29, 2015 – Gildan Activewear Inc. (GIL; TSX and NYSE) today announced that it has released the 2014 update of the Company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) website, genuinegildan.com, following the GRI-G4 guidelines. Included in the update are the Company’s CSR achievements for 2014 and our progress for each one of our targets.

Throughout the year, the Company has continued to develop and implement industry-leading practices with respect to working conditions, environmental footprint, community support, and responsibly-made product offerings. “Gildan’s CSR programs and initiatives are central to the Company’s overall business strategy,” said Glenn Chamandy, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We remain committed to investing in our vertical integration and the implementation of best-in-class practices across the whole organization. Our growth and continued success rely upon driving continuous improvements in our operations and empowering our employees.”

Employees
Gildan aims to maintain ethical, safe and stimulating working conditions for all of its over 42,000 employees. Globally, the Company created over 8,000 jobs in 2014 to support its growth strategy, while it offered close to 1 million man-hours of training to its employees. Gildan’s fully equipped medical clinics provided more than 87,000 instances of medical attention free of charge to employees within its manufacturing facilities. In 2014, a total of 244 internal and external audits were performed at the Company’s owned facilities and at third-party contractor facilities, in support of Gildan’s commitment to the highest standards of labour practices and working conditions. As part of the continuous improvement of the Company’s social compliance program and with the objective of driving best practices in the industry, Gildan also began the process of auditing key raw material suppliers.

Environment
As one of the world’s largest manufacturers of basic apparel, Gildan upholds a strong sense of environmental responsibility. The Company is committed to developing innovative environmental solutions with the expressed objective to reduce our environmental footprint. In 2014, 53% of Gildan’s total energy was powered by renewable sources and the Company repurposed or recycled more than 90% of the waste from its operations. Gildan has surpassed, ahead of schedule, some of the environmental targets it had set for 2015. For example the Company established a 20% greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity reduction target by 2015, using 2010 as a base year. In 2014 Gildan had already achieved a 45% reduction in GHG emissions intensity.

Community
Gildan continued to play an active role in the community through its contributions and involvement, investing in educational activities and infrastructure, with a focus on the regions in which it operates. For example, the Company invested in the EDUCANDO program in the Dominican Republic, which supported elementary school activities to recognize students’ academic excellence and also made a significant investment for renovations at two schools in Choloma, Honduras to provide improved environments for students.

Products
In 2014, we completed our Company-wide life cycle assessment and conducted product life cycle assessments for 24 products. The assessments were completed taking into consideration three years of data, allowing for better comparison and benchmarking. We are pleased to report that over the three-year assessment period, the manufacturing phase of the life cycle decreased its footprint for the climate change and resources indicators due primarily to the implementation of biomass steam generation at the Rio Nance complex facilities.

GRI-G4
For social and environmental responsibility professionals, the information in this website has been structured in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Guidelines – “Comprehensive”.  Gildan has presented its reporting for 2014 to the GRI Materiality Disclosures Service, and received the confirmation that, at the time of publication of the G4 Guidelines-based report, General Standard Disclosure G4-17 to G4-27 were correctly located in both the Content Index and in the text of the final report.

About Gildan
Gildan is a leading supplier of quality branded basic family apparel, including T-shirts, fleece, sport shirts, underwear, socks, hosiery, and shapewear. The Company sells its products under a diversified portfolio of company-owned brands, including the Gildan®, Gold Toe®, Anvil® and Comfort Colors® brands and brand extensions, as well as the Secret®, Silks® and Therapy Plus™ brands. The Company also has the U.S. sock license for Under Armour®, and licenses for the Mossy Oak® and New Balance® brands. The Company distributes its products in printwear markets in the U.S. and Canada, as well as in Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. The Company also markets its products to a broad spectrum of retailers primarily in the U.S. and Canada. The Company also manufactures for select leading global athletic and lifestyle consumer brands.

Gildan owns and operates vertically-integrated, large-scale manufacturing facilities which are primarily located in Central America, the Caribbean Basin and the United States, and are strategically positioned to efficiently service the quick replenishment needs of its customers in the printwear and retail markets. Gildan has over 42,000 employees worldwide and is committed to industry-leading labour and environmental practices at all of its facilities. More information about the Company and its corporate citizenship practices and initiatives can be found at its corporate websites www.gildan.com and www.genuinegildan.com, respectively.

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CONTACTS:
Media Relations
Genevieve Gosselin,
Director, Corporate Communications
Tel: (514) 343-8814
Email: ggosselin@gildan.com

March 4, 2015 - Gildan to Donate U.S. $3.5 Million to Community Projects in Honduras

Gildan to Donate U.S. $3.5 Million to Community Projects in Honduras

  • Funds to be distributed through FUNDEIH (Foundation for the integral development of Honduras)
  • Donation proceeds to fund projects related to education, health, living conditions and housing in the northern region of the country

Montreal, March 4, 2015 - Gildan Activewear Inc. (GIL: TSX and NYSE) today announced that it will donate the totality of a grant to be received from the Government of Honduras in the amount of more than U.S. $3.5 million (more than 74 million lempiras). The entirety of the grant will be donated to special community projects selected by Gildan, as well as other projects designated in collaboration with FUNDEIH (Foundation for the integral development of Honduras) and the Office of the First Lady of Honduras. Gildan selected four key projects aimed at improving education and health care services in the northern region of Honduras, where its operations are located, and to facilitate access to housing for its employees.

This unprecedented private initiative in Honduras is being financed through funds to be received by Gildan from the Government of Honduras in connection with its participation in an employment program named “Con Chamba Vivís Mejor” (We live better with jobs). “Gildan’s positive impact on job creation in the country entitled us to receive a special grant as part of this governmental program, which we decided to redistribute entirely into educational, healthcare and housing projects, as we believe this will have a significant impact in the communities where our employees live,” explained Benito Masi, Executive Vice-President, Manufacturing at Gildan. “In 2014 alone, Gildan generated more than 7,000 new jobs in Honduras, making the Company the country’s top recruiter within this program,” he added.

The majority of the funds will be invested in the following main projects:

  • The Dejando Huella (Leaving footprints) scholarship program of the Instituto Politécnico Centroamericano (IPC), a leading technical educational institution in Central America, which was spearheaded by Gildan in 2005. The donation will cover scholarships for a period of two years benefitting approximately 1,200 students from low income families who will be offered the opportunity to pursue technical studies at no cost. This donation will mark Gildan’s tenth consecutive year of contributions towards this institution.
  • The expansion of the Leonardo Martínez Valenzuela Hospital in the city of San Pedro Sula, where a significant portion of Gildan’s employees reside. More than 16,000 childbirths occur in this hospital every year and approximately 800 medical examinations are performed daily.
  • The remodeling of the Colonia Lopez Arellano Daycare in the town of Choloma, where Gildan’s largest manufacturing complex is located, with a goal to improve the coverage and quality of the services extended to the approximately 100 children who attend this institution daily.
  • A housing program which will directly benefit approximately 200 Gildan employees. The Company will be developing the criteria pertaining to the functioning of this program, which will be communicated at a later date.

With the support of the First Lady, Ana Garcia de Hernandez, Gildan selected other projects that will receive the balance of the funds:

  • Child protection programs developed in collaboration with UNICEF to provide assistance to orphans and children living in highly underprivileged communities at risk of exposure to violence, exploitation and abuse.
  • A number of schools to be identified by Gildan and FUNDEIH in order to improve the schools’ lavatory facilities and therefore offer a healthier environment for the students.
  • A number of cultural activities will be developed and implemented in high risk communities as a means to prevent violence amongst youth.
  • Centers offering recreational activities for elderly citizens will be constructed.

The funds invested into these projects will be fully audited by a reputable international third party.

“We would like to encourage other key international players in the textile industry as well as in other industry segments to also reinvest the funds they will be receiving from the Government as part of the Con Chamba Vivís Mejor program in order to improve living conditions in Honduras,” Mr. Masi added.

With more than 27,000 employees in the country, Gildan is amongst the largest private employers in Honduras, where the majority of its manufacturing facilities are located. Throughout the years, Gildan has been a key contributor to local Honduran economic development through significant capital investments in state-of-the-art facilities employing leading working conditions, continuous job creation, and support to local businesses, in addition to ongoing investments in local community projects which have an impact on people’s well-being and education.

About Gildan

Gildan is a leading supplier of quality branded basic family apparel, including T-shirts, fleece, sport shirts, underwear, socks, hosiery and shapewear. The Company sells its products under a diversified portfolio of company-owned brands, including the Gildan® and Gold Toe® brands and brand extensions, as well as the Anvil®, Comfort Colors®, Secret®, Silks® and Therapy Plus™ brands. The Company also has the U.S. sock license for Under Armour®, and licenses for Mossy Oak® and New Balance® brands. The Company distributes its products in printwear markets in the U.S. and Canada, as well as in Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The Company also markets its products to a broad spectrum of retailers in the U.S. and Canada. The Company also manufactures for select leading global athletic and lifestyle consumer brands.

Gildan owns and operates vertically-integrated, large-scale manufacturing facilities which are primarily located in Central America and the Caribbean Basin to efficiently service the replenishment needs of its customers in the printwear and retail markets. Gildan has approximately 43,000 employees worldwide and is committed to industry-leading labour and environmental practices in all of its facilities. More information about the Company and its corporate citizenship practices and initiatives can be found at its corporate websites www.gildan.com and www.genuinegildan.com, respectively.

About “Con Chamba Vivís Mejor”
“Con Chamba Vivís Mejor” was created in Honduras through the Executive Decree PCM-04-2014, with the goal to create conditions to insert into the labor market the unemployed population at risk of social exclusion and vulnerability. As an incentive for participating in the program, the Honduran government recognizes every company by paying half the minimum wage received during the first three months of work for each employee hired through this program and who succeeded in achieving formal or permanent employment.

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CONTACTS:

Gildan Media Relations – Head Office
Anik Trudel
Vice-President, Corporate Communications
Tel: (514) 340-8919
Email: atrudel@gildan.com  

Gildan Media Relations – Honduras
Claudia Sandoval
Vice-President, Corporate Citizenship
Tel: (504) 2669-6638
Email: csandoval@gildan.com

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