Policies & Procedures
Gildan’s practices are guided by the Environmental Policy (pdf - 46.8Kb) we adopted in 2003. Rigorously applied at all facilities, the policy describes and reinforces behaviours that ensure that we meet and/or exceed local laws, as well as our own higher standards. This encompasses areas such as water use; wastewater control; waste management; energy; chemical handling; and control of atmospheric emissions, as well as ozone-depleting substances, biodiversity protection and greenhouse gas emissions.
Gildan incurs environmental expenditures in order to comply with environmental laws and regulations, our own Environmental Policy and to continue to improve its practices.
The total environmental protection expenditures for 2012 were approximately $25.7 million. This comprises total operational costs (including effluents; Biotop® maintenance; waste disposal and management; emissions treatment; spills clean-up) and investment costs.
Examples of investments made in 2012: