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At Gildan, we understand that stakeholder engagement is paramount to operating responsibly and to achieving our goals. We believe that adopting a structured approach to engage and involve stakeholders will allow us to collaborate and learn from one another in the pursuit of mutually supportive relationships.

The common goals we share with our stakeholders is improving the lives of the people involved in manufacturing our products, ensuring an ethical and stimulating work environment, and respecting and enhancing the local communities in which we operate. To engage in dialogue, share ideas and build consensus, we invite groups representing workers and factories, students, colleges, trade unions, academia, governments, local communities and consumers to communicate with us. This can be done through a variety of methods, including face-to-face meetings, focus groups or round tables facilitated by external independent facilitators, workshops and seminars, confidential questionnaires, and anonymous feedback.

Our belief is that engagement should be mutually beneficial and transparent, that the focus should be on finding common ground and creative solutions to issues that affect us all, and that the outcome should lead to real value for both the Company and its stakeholders. Gildan has been affiliated and/or in dialogue with the following organizations chosen for their pertinence to our Company and our industry.

For more details, please refer to our Stakeholder Engagement policy (pdf - 87.9Kb).

Sustainable Apparel Coalition

In 2013, Gildan joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), an industry-wide group comprising over 200 members from apparel and footwear brands, retailers, suppliers, non-profit organizations, and NGOs.

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition is the apparel, footwear and home textile industry’s foremost alliance for sustainable production. The Coalition’s main focus is on building the Higg Index, a standardized supply chain measurement tool for all industry participants to understand the environmental and social and labor impacts of making and selling their products and services. By measuring sustainability performance, the industry can address inefficiencies, resolve damaging practices, and achieve the environmental and social transparency that consumers are starting to demand. By joining forces in a Coalition, we can address the urgent, systemic challenges that are impossible to change alone. 

For more information on the SAC, please visit their website at www.apparelcoalition.org.

Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP)

All of Gildan’s sewing facilities are certified with the Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) or are currently in the process of being re-certified.

WRAP is an independent, objective, non-profit team of global social compliance experts dedicated to promoting safe, lawful, humane, and ethical manufacturing around the world through certification and education.

WRAP’s primary activity is their Certification Program, which is the largest independent facility certification program in the world mainly focused on the apparel, footwear, and sewn products sectors. They issue three levels of certification that are valid from six months to two years based on a facility's compliance with WRAP's 12 Principles. These principles are based on the rule of law within each individual country and include the spirit or language of the relevant conventions of the International Labor Organization (ILO).

 

For more information on WRAP, please visit their website at www.wrapcompliance.org.

Fair Labor Association (FLA)

Gildan's labour compliance program was accredited by the Fair Labor Association (FLA) on June 13, 2007. The Company was the first vertically-integrated basic activewear apparel manufacturer to have its social compliance program accredited by the FLA.

FLA is a collaborative effort of universities, civil society organizations and socially responsible companies dedicated to protecting workers’ rights around the world. We are an international organization with a dedicated staff and board, headquartered in Washington, DC, with offices in China, and Switzerland.

Gildan is proud to have been a pioneer in joining the FLA over 10 years ago. The FLA's method of annual public reporting, its strict Workplace Code of Conduct, and the fact it conducts internal and external independent audits were all key elements that prompted Gildan to seek FLA membership in 2004.When Gildan joined the FLA, we were still at the early stages in the establishment of our CSR practice. Since then, we have made a significant investment in the development of our program, a very robust and rigorous social compliance program, including comprehensive auditing procedures, while also incorporating the guiding principles of the FLA, the ILO and other internationally-recognized organizations. This has allowed us to develop valuable relationships with our various stakeholders, including NGOs, with whom we proactively maintain regular and direct dialogue.

Better Work

Gildan has been participating in the International Labour Organization’s Better Work Programme through its third party contractors in Haiti and owned facilities in Nicaragua. This program is a unique partnership program developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC). Launched in February 2007, the program aims to improve compliance with labour standards and competitiveness in global supply chains. It is offered in specific countries, where the ILO and IFC work together to mobilize necessary resources for projects specific to each country.

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 storing and sharing information on four key pillars: Health and Safety, Labour Standards, Business Ethics and The Environment.

Sedex is a global non-profit membership organisation that prides itself on making it simpler to do business that’s good for everyone. 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 utilise this information to help manage and improve ethical standards within its supply chain.

Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)

Gildan has been participating in the CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project, since 2008. CDP runs the global disclosure system that enables companies, cities, states and regions to measure and manage their environmental impacts. They have built one of the most comprehensive collection of self-reported environmental data in the world.

Maquila Solidarity Network

The Maquila Solidarity Network (MSN) is a labour and women's rights organization that supports the efforts of workers in global supply chains to win improved wages and working conditions and greater respect for their rights.

MSN works with women’s and labour rights organizations, primarily in Central America and Mexico, on cases of worker rights violations and on joint projects and initiatives focusing on systemic issues. MSN also works with the Clean Clothes Campaign and other international counterpart organizations on labour rights issues in global supply chains.

Through dialogue with MSN, we have applied their input in the development of a remediation plan following the 2004 closure of our El Progreso plant in Honduras. Since then, Gildan has been working collaboratively with the MSN regarding labour practices and freedom of association at its various manufacturing locations. We continue to remain in dialogue with MSN regarding our corporate social responsibility practices.

Worker Rights Consortium

The Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) is a non-profit organization created by college and university administrations, students and labour rights experts. The WRC's purpose is to assist in the enforcement of manufacturing Codes of Conduct adopted by colleges and universities.

Since 2005, Gildan has been working collaboratively with the WRC regarding labour practices and freedom of association at its various manufacturing locations. In 2012, Gildan was credited by the WRC regarding actions taken by the Company to ensure the reinstatement of workers improperly dismissed at two of its third party contractor facilities in Haiti. In 2016, the WRC recognized Gildan for its engagement in finding a financial resolution for the payment of the severance of employees of a third party contractor Gildan used for a small volume over a very short-term basis and who closed its operations while Gildan while still sourcing from this facility. Gildan expressed its willingness to cooperate in finding a positive resolution and in April 2017, funds were provided by Gildan and the other brands sourcing from this facility in order to ensure all workers would receive their severance payments.

Others

We have also developed relationships with the following organizations:

  • Adozona
  • Anitec
  • Asociacion Hondureña de Maquiladores
  • Asociacion Nacional de Industriales
  • Cámara de Comercio e Industrias de Choloma
  • Fundación Hondureña de Responsabilidad Social Empresarial (FundahRSE)
  • Unión Nicaragüense para la Responsabilidad Social Empresarial (UniRSE)

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