Stakeholders & Partners
At Gildan, we understand that stakeholders are paramount to operate responsibly and to achieve 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 goal we share with our stakeholders is to work toward improving the lives of workers 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 common ground and creative solutions, and that the outcome should lead to real value for both the Company and its stakeholders. Gildan has been affiliated and/or dialoguing with the following organizations chosen for their pertinence to our Company and our industry.
For more details, please refer to our Stakeholder Engagement policy.
Sustainable Apparel Coalition
In 2013, Gildan joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), an industry-wide group comprising over 100 members from apparel and footwear brands, retailers, suppliers, non-profit organizations, and NGOs. The current focus of the SAC is The Higg Index, which is a tool the Coalition developed to measure the environmental and social performance of apparel and footwear products.
With the creation of an apparel and footwear index, the SAC aims at reducing redundancy in measuring sustainability in the apparel and footwear industries, driving business value through risk reduction and creating a common method used by organizations to communicate sustainability to stakeholders.
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. The four contractor sewing facilities producing for Gildan in Haiti are also WRAP certified.
We are also pleased that our integrated textile and sewing facility in Bangladesh has received its first certification from the Worldwide Responsible Apparel Production (WRAP) in 2015. This is the first Gildan-owned, vertically integrated facility to receive this certification.
WRAP is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and certification of lawful, humane and ethical manufacturing throughout the world. WRAP promotes 12 principles that ensure that core labour concepts are understood and practiced on the shop floor and by management. WRAP relies upon independent, third party monitors to certify that factories are in compliance with WRAP's set of principles.
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.
The FLA is a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization whose goal 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 organizations committed to a rigorous program of code of conduct implementation, monitoring and remediation in order to bring manufacturing sites into compliance with FLA standards.
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.
We are grateful for all that we have been able to benefit from the FLA principles, which have guided us in the establishment of our Gildan Genuine Stewardship program, which we believe to be robust and rigorous.
When Gildan joined the FLA, we were still at the early stages of the establishment of our Gildan Genuine Stewardship corporate social responsibility (CSR) practice. Since then, we have made a significant investment in the development of our Gildan Genuine Stewardship 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 a regular and direct dialogue.
Gildan has been participating in the International Labour Organization’s Better Work Programme through its third party contractors in Haiti. 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 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 also been participating in the CDP since 2008. The CDP works with organizations worldwide to drive transparency and effectiveness of reporting processes with regards to international disclosures of corporate greenhouse gas emissions and climate change strategies.
Maquila Solidarity Network
The Maquila Solidarity Network (MSN) is a labour and women's rights advocacy organization that promotes solidarity with grassroots groups in Mexico, Central America and Asia, and works to improve conditions in maquiladora factories and export processing zones. Gildan has been working collaboratively with the MSN regarding labour practices and freedom of association at its various manufacturing locations.
Through dialogue with MSN, we have applied their input in the development of a remediation plan following the closure in 2004 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.
We have also developed relationships with the following organizations:
- Asociacion Hondurena 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)