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Gildan has published an annual Corporate Citizenship Report covering the Company’s initiatives since 2004. Due to the large quantity of information and in order to offer readers a more engaging and dynamic format, in 2011 we migrated all of the information to this dedicated website.

This report has been prepared in accordance with the GRI Standards: Comprehensive option. Gildan submitted its reporting for 2016 to the Global Reporting Initiative in order to confirm that Gildan’s disclosures are in line with the GRI Standards by ensuring that the GRI content index has clear references to the location of materiality-related disclosures in the report (Disclosures 102-40 to 102-49 for the Standards). Finally, GRI also ensures that these disclosures are labeled correctly, and easily found, within the body of the report.

The GRI Standards Content Index will help you navigate through Gildan’s most material theme. The GRI Standards, developed by a wide range of international stakeholders, have been adopted to enhance the quality, credibility and comparability of the information we report. These guidelines were applied in the collection and interpretation of all data presented within the report and provide a widely-accepted, credible framework for reporting on the economic, environmental and social performance of an organization, irrespective of size, sector or location.

This website’s information focuses on Gildan’s 2016 calendar year. The website discloses information on issues pertaining to Gildan owned locations in North America, Central America, the Caribbean Basin and Asia, and any significant impact resulting from operations therein. Information about our third party manufacturing contractors and raw material suppliers has also been included when considered material and available. Unless otherwise specified, data concerning our third party manufacturers covers contractor facilities approved for production at the end of the reporting period. When deemed relevant, we have included data from earlier years which is clearly indicated as such when applicable. This website contains information on topics and matters that reflect the organization’s sustainability programs and initiatives with regard to corporate governance, people’s well-being, community engagement, environmental protection and product sustainability. We report on these initiatives as we believe they are material to the apparel industry as well as of interest to our main stakeholder groups, more specifically our employees, shareholders, customers, business partners, governments, local authorities, civil society organizations and the communities within which we operate.

Information pertaining to Comfort Colors, which was acquired on March 2, 2015 as well as our our newest yarn spinning facility in the United-States (Mocksville), which was completed in, has been included in our 2016 data. Information pertaining to Alstyle and Peds, which were acquired on May 26, 2016 and August 22, 2016 respectively, has not been included but will be included in our next reporting year. Please note that the Alstyle and Peds owned and operated facility production represents approximately 7.1 % of Gildan’s total owned and operated facilities’ production.

Data collected and compiled within this report is the result of a collaborative effort by Gildan staff throughout the Company’s many locations with a variety of measurement techniques having been adopted.

  • Gildan's Baseline

    Gildan's baseline year for the purpose of our environmental target reporting is 2015. Last year, Gildan established new reduction targets for its owned sites for energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption as well as waste sent to landfill. As part of this exercise, Gildan partnered with a third party consultant in order to review reporting from previous years in terms of the indicators linked to reduction targets to account for the Company’s recent acquisitions.

    Accordingly, the baseline year of 2015 has been adjusted and reports from subsequent years will be updated when a significant cumulative change in the baseline year metrics is triggered. The following conditions will trigger an adjustment if a significant change is identified:

    1. A structural change of Gildan’s organizational boundaries (i.e. merger, acquisition, or divestiture);
    2. A change in calculation methodologies or emission factors;
    3. Additional or new data or methodology are available on source data that was not previously available; or
    4. A significant error or a number of cumulative errors in the inventory are discovered. “Significant” is typically defined as a cumulative change (+/-) of five percent (5%) or larger in total base year figures.

    When errors from previous reporting years have been identified, they have been corrected and validated with our third party consultant to align the calculation methodology across all years in order to ensure an accurate comparison.

    We are confident that the exercise we undertook to adjust our baseline year properly incorporated the recent acquisitions of the Company and will provide an accurate record in terms of our environmental target reporting, which we will continue to use for our future reporting.

  • Assurance

    Corporate Citizenship has undertaken limited assurance of consolidation systems and tests of reasonableness of selected environmental, health and safety performance data within Gildan’s Corporate Citizenship report for the year ended December 31, 2016, as disclosed on Gildan’s Corporate Citizenship website.  

    The environmental, health and safety data included in the assurance review included:

    • Total annual energy usage 
    • Total water usage 
    • Total waste 
    • Total effluent
    • Total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions – scope 1 and 2 
    • Total inorganic air emissions 
    • Total refrigerants
    • Lost-time injury frequency rate*
    • Number of severe incidents (severity rate)*

    The assurance statement (pdf - 285.0Kb) includes a declaration of independence.  The assurances statement is based on the internationally recognized ISAE 3000 standard and clearly states the scope of the assurance and the performance data reviewed.  

    Please note that the reporting scope for the lost-time injury frequency rate as well as the number of severe incidents (severity rate) is slightly different than the one use for the environmental data reporting. In fact, the health and safety figures include 3 additional sites, representing in total 0.5% of Gildan’s total workforce. Reporting on these sites from an environmental standpoint was considered not material.

  • Materiality

    Gildan considers materiality to represent a topic which has high importance to stakeholders and high impact on the business. In 2014, Gildan conducted its first formal, company-wide external stakeholder assessment and materiality analysis to identify topics most relevant to Gildan and to better inform its sustainability strategy.

    Gildan worked with a third party to help facilitate an independent assessment of the process. The materiality assessment included a five-step process with input from internal and external stakeholders: 

    1. Analyze available documentation and conduct senior leadership interviews:

    The first step included a review of documentation available, such as internal business documents, Gildan’s past life-cycle assessment results as well as research on current and emerging trends to extract topics that were relevant to Gildan’s business, considering issues both within and outside Gildan’s direct control.

    Senior leaders from Gildan’s different business functions and brands were interviewed in order to gain a better understanding of trends, opportunities, and challenges across the business. Topics emphasized or mentioned across multiple interviews have been classified into four different areas: opportunities, challenges, industry trends and external factors.

    2. Creating a gross list of potential categories and emerging issues relevant to the apparel sector and the business:

    Resulting from the aforementioned step 1, a gross list of topics were identified and sorted per business relevant topics. These areas included:

    • Employees: manufacturing operations
    • Employees: corporate functions
    • Environment
    • Operations
    • Social
    • Corporate governance and risks

    The list of topics included under each of the broader aforementioned business relevant topics were used to facilitate the discussion around how the Company should prioritize these topics based on their impact on the business and importance to stakeholders.

    3. Assess stakeholder priorities:

    To determine the importance of each topic to stakeholders, a stakeholder assessment was conducted. As a first step, we developed a list of stakeholders across Gildan’s main stakeholder groups and we evaluated each stakeholder groups’ influence over Gildan and interest in Gildan in order to build a stakeholder map. 

    Gildan stakeholder group surveyed included:

    • Community investment and development non-profits
    • B2B customers
    • Media
    • Labour rights and human rights non-profits
    • Manufacturing contractors
    • Raw material suppliers
    • Governmental representatives
    • Investors
    • Corporate Social Responsibility analysts and rating organizations
    • Trade associations

    Using our list of topics we conducted a stakeholder survey and asked more than 100 stakeholders to rate the importance of each topic on a scale of “least important” to “most important”. The topics rated by the stakeholder in the survey were weighted by degree of influence and mapped on the y axis of the materiality matrix outlined below. 

    4. Define materiality for Gildan:

    To further define what materiality means to Gildan, we organized a workshop to set the thresholds for when a topic has a high impact on Gildan. The workshop included representatives from across the business and different operations. Passing any of these thresholds would mean the topic had a high impact on the business. The thresholds were defined as follows:

    • A topic has a high impact on revenue generation if it generates:
      • 5% change in Gildan’s market share
      • Impact on Gildan’s position in the United States market
      • Impact on Gildan’s expansion in Asia and/or Central and South America
      • Impact on compliance with major customers standards
    • A topic has a high impact on costs if it generates:
      • 1% change in operating expenses
    • A topic has a high impact on employees if it generates:
      • Impact on talent attraction and retention of Honduras-based employees
    • Materiality Matrix: The workshop participants mapped the topics to the materiality matrix. Please click here to see the materiality matrix.
    Child Labour Child Labour Within and Outside
    Corruption Anti-corruption Within and Outside
    Employee Compensation N/A Within and Outside
    Employee Health and Safety Occupational Health and Safety Within and Outside

    Employee Training and Skills

    Training and Education Within
    Fair Wage N/A Within and Outside
    Product Quality N/A Within and Outside
    Product Safety Customer Health and Safety Within and Outside
    Wastewater Discharge Effluents and Waste Within and Outside

    As indicated in the matrix, employee health and safety, employee training and skills, fair wage and employee compensation are material topics based on their relevance to our manufacturing employees. 

    Employee compensation, fair wage and product quality are additional material themes identified during the materiality exercise not included in the GRI. They have been added to the GRI G4 Content Index in the section titled Additional Material themes.

    In addition, although the wastewater topic is included in GRI’s Effluents and waste theme, please note that since only the wastewater portion was material to Gildan, we have either partially or not at all reported on the other indicators listed under that GRI theme Effluents and Waste theme.

  • Review

    Gildan’s Disclosure Committee has reviewed all material information contained herein in order to ensure our stakeholders are provided with a proper representation of our performance for the 2016 year.

    We invite you to go to the GRI Standards Index section for the list of indicators addressed in this report. You can click here to consult our previous Corporate Social Responsibility reports.

    Should you have any questions and/or comments about this website or our responsible practices in general, please contact us at