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Policies & Procedures

Environmental Code of Practice

Gildan’s Environmental Code of Practice (ECP) was created in 2003 and since then has been integrated into all Gildan operations and third party manufacturing contractors. Our ECP lists the allowable materials that can be used in our manufacturing processes – these materials do not contain substances that are harmful to humans or the environment. Our raw material suppliers are required to adhere to the stringent standards set forth by our Environmental Code of Practice. In addition, our third party manufacturing contractors also must ensure that all our products comply with the ECP.

The ECP has multiple benefits:

  • It guarantees our customers that our products are clean and safe for their health
  • It ensures a safe working environment for our employees
  • It minimizes our environmental impact
  • Raw Material Classification

    Gildan classifies any raw materials supplied by third party manufacturing contractors into three distinct categories:

    Class I: The raw materials supplied by third party manufacturing contractors meet Gildan’s Environmental Code of Practice. They are therefore approved for use in our manufacturing process from an environmental perspective.

    Class II: Gildan’s analysis results indicate that the raw material information provided for the goods to be supplied was insufficient. For raw materials supplied directly to our own facilities, additional information is required from the supplier within a period of three months in order to finalize the analysis to determine if the raw materials are approved for inclusion in our manufacturing process. For any third party manufacturing contractors, although the information provided is insufficient to finalize the comprehensive evaluation process, sufficient information is provided to start some level of production (e.g. sampling and production testing). The contractor is still required to provide any missing information within a period of three months in order to finalize the evaluation.

    Class III: Materials are deemed unacceptable according to the terms of our Environmental Code of Practice and are therefore rejected. These materials are not used in any of our manufacturing processes. A Class III classification is given to third party contractors who are unable to provide the required information to complete the ECP evaluation process or are found to use materials and chemicals deemed as unacceptable according to Gildan’s ECP.

  • Embellishing our Code, Improving our Practice

    As a reflection of our commitment to continuous improvement, our Environmental Code of Practice is regularly updated to include chemicals related to the apparel sector which are newly banned or restricted by Oeko-Tex, REACH, California’s Proposition 65, EPAOSHA, the Children’s Safe Products Act from Washington State, Environment Canada, and the Conflict Mineral Rule. Gildan’s ECP version 9, restricts the use of 1,095 substances. To facilitate the search for specific chemicals restricted by Gildan’s ECP, a Restricted Substances List (pdf - 213.6Kb) is included for easy reference. The Restricted Substances List enumerates all substances that are restricted for use by Gildan and indicates the chemical category, name and its  reference number, as listed in the Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS).

    Gildan’s ECP is progressively modified as the aforementioned regulations are revised to include new restricted chemicals. These revisions include new requirements for a wide range of product components that include: cotton, polyester, yarn, chemicals dyes, solvents, trims, accessories, waistbands and elastics, bags, screenprinting activities, service chemicals, ozone depleting substances, fluorinated greenhouse gases and asbestos.