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Policies & Procedures

Environmental Policy and Environmental Management System

Adopted in 2003, Gildan's Environmental Policy (pdf - 46.8Kb) guides our day-to-day practices. Gildan’s Environmental Policy encompasses areas such as water use; wastewater control; waste management; energy; chemical handling; control of atmospheric emissions; ozone-depleting substances; biodiversity protection; and greenhouse gas emissions. It is rigorously applied at all operating facilities and seeks to clearly describe and reinforce behaviours that ensure that we meet and/or exceed local laws, as well as our own higher standards.

  • Environmental Management System

    Gildan’s Environmental Management System (EMS), which is based on the ISO 14001 standard, tracks how Gildan’s Environment Policy and environmental procedures are being implemented across all of our facilities. Gildan’s EMS is verified by internal audits conducted on an annual basis. The EMS allows us to evaluate our procedures for managing water use, wastewater discharges, energy consumption, chemical handling and storage, raw materials, waste generation, biodiversity protection, emissions and spills control.

    The purpose of our Environmental Management System is to reduce our environmental impact and to preserve the external natural resources the Company utilizes. Innovative systems such as the biotop, a biological wastewater treatment system, and our biomass steam generation systems are some of the sustainable practices we have put in place. 

    As part of this EMS, each Gildan-owned facility has to set objectives and targets, aligned with the corporate goals and targets. In addition, each facility manager has environmental objectives linked to their compensation as an incentive for continuous improvement.

  • Environmental Expenditures

    Gildan incurs environmental expenditures in order to comply with environmental laws and regulations, our own Environmental Policy and to continue to improve our practices.

    The total environmental protection expenditures for 2016 were approximately $4.5 million. This includes total operational costs (including the treatment of effluents; Biotop maintenance; waste disposal and management; emissions treatment; spills clean-up) and other improvement initiatives.

    An example of one of our environmental investments for 2016 is the construction of an additional step in our biotop process to better control certain wastewater parameters, which consist of a decolourant station for better control of the colour parameter.