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In line with our commitment to ensure our employees’ well-being and health, occupational health and safety is a top priority at Gildan. It is an integral part of our business practices, as highlighted throughout our Global Health and Safety Policy. As repetitive movements are an inherent part of our manufacturing process and can lead to discomfort and possibly injuries, Gildan has implemented measures to improve our ergonomic practices at all our facilities, with a goal of mitigating worker discomfort and preventing workplace injuries.

In 2008, Gildan implemented an internal health and safety performance scorecard (Global Safety Scorecard) in order to keep track of work-related injuries as well as their severity. The scorecard covers all Gildan-owned facilities and contains data related to first aid, injuries, lost-time accidents, musculo-skeletal disorders, lost work hours, work days, injury and severity rates.

The injury and severity rate indicators are based on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) principles. The injury rate indicator is used to show how many accidents occurred in a 200,000 hour work period while the severity rate indicator shows the gravity of the accidents during the same amount of hours worked. This severity rate is based on the number of lost days, which is an indicator of the severity of any accident.

On a global scale, 2016 saw an increase in injury and severity rates up by 36% and 48% respectively when compared to the previous year. Injury and severity rates decreased by 14% and 24% respectively when compared to our 2010 baseline year. The increase in 2016 in both rates can be attributed to several factors, including an increase of 13% in the total number of employees as well as changes in the working schedule of newly acquired facilities from a weekly schedule to a 24/7 operation.

Week-long safety campaigns were held at the manufacturing plants in order to raise awareness on EHS. Trainings were given on high risk activities such as Hot Work, Confined Space, Work at Height and Lock-Out Tag-Out. In order to keep the momentum, a EHS Summit was held in Honduras with participants from Gildan facilities across its operations.

All Gildan-owned textile facilities have built-in fire safety systems, such as sprinkler systems, emergency exits and fire alarms, among other safety items. Installation of a new sprinkler system is underway at our integrated facility in Bangladesh with expected completion in 2017. Furthermore, fire drills are performed at least twice per year at all facilities.

Each job in the manufacturing and distribution operations has a job safety risk analysis which has been performed in accordance with the OHSAS 18000 standard. This analysis identifies the critical safety aspects of each job. This helps determine the training, experience, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) needed to safely perform the job.

Board of Directors oversight of Health and Safety

Employee Health and Safety is part of the agenda for the Compensation and Human Resources Committee of the Board of Directors each quarter. The Committee reviews and discusses the quarterly Global Safety Scorecard, reviews the overall Company trends over the past 12 months, compares the key metrics (accident frequency rate and severity rate) to industry averages, and discusses important Health and Safety topics such as reviewing any progress in regard to corrective action plans in certain facilities.

The Compensation and Human Resources Committee sets the overall plan each fiscal year and prioritizes the areas of focus. For example, if the Company begins to operate with new equipment or technology in an area in which we have no expertise, the Committee will ask for an analysis of best practices in this field and approve the approach. Most recently, this occurred as part of the Company's further vertical integration into yarn-spinning.

Each fiscal year, health and safety targets are established for each of Gildan’s global operations. These targets are generally 10-20% lower than the previous year’s results as we aim for continuous improvement. Management in each facility (plant managers through supervisor) has employee health and safety as a large part of their annual operating objectives which determines their annual bonus. In addition, Vice-presidents in manufacturing and distribution operations review safety with plant managers and the local safety manager/coordinator on a monthly basis to measure results and trends for each facility and discuss best practices from other locations.

Focus for 2017

In order to continue to enhance our current practices, the Health and Safety priorities for 2017 will be as follows:

  • To reduce work-related injury and severity rates by at least 10% on a global scale. We will continue to monitor the health and safety metrics and focus on improving our case management by tackling the causes of accidents at their source.
  • In order to increase the level of awareness around safety and clearly communicate the importance that Gildan places on a safe working environment, we will introduce a health and safety metric for the manufacturing and yarn-spinning divisions as part of the sector factors of the short-term incentive program (SCORES). 
  • A Health and Safety module was officially launched as part of our HR database. We will continue to reinforce its use over 2017 and we expect all locations will have access to this new tool by mid-2017. This module was implemented to improve data collection and accuracy.
  • In November 2016, Gildan held its first global Environment, Health and Safety Summit in Honduras. With participants from all of our locations, the 3-day event was a great success. The Summit was a good opportunity for each participant to share their internal best practices and learn from each other. An external safety consultant was also present to share industry trends and external best practices, as well as help the group to identify key elements to be considered to become a best-in-class employer when it comes to Health and Safety. In addition to fostering the importance of global collaboration across all of our hubs, the summit allowed us to identify some of our current programs and practices that can be leveraged on a global scale. We also defined initiatives that will contribute to improving our practices and processes. As next steps, we will prioritize the initiatives and identify the ones to be started in 2017.

Data based on Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) calculations.
(Total Amount of Accidents/Total Work Hours) X 200,000
Factor 200,000 is derived from 50 working weeks at 40 hours per 100 employees.

 

Data based on Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) calculations.
(Total Lost Days/Total Work Hours) X 200,000
Factor 200,000 is derived from 50 working weeks at 40 hours per 100 employees.

  • Health and Safety Committees

    Formal Health and Safety Committees, composed of managers, supervisors and production workers have been established at all Gildan-owned facilities and many of our administration offices and distribution centers. These committees meet once a month to discuss preventive measures to be implemented at their corresponding location.

    The committees also review any health and safety accidents that may have occurred during the reviewed period and suggest improvements to our health and safety programs. These improvements are implemented by Health and Safety Managers who are also responsible for developing related procedures at our sewing and textile operations.

    Health and Safety committees are also responsible for performing employee training, as well as carrying out regular fire and safety drills.

    In 2016, approximately 80% of Gildan employees were represented by formal health and safety committees.

  • Health and Safety in Bangladesh

    Gildan owns an integrated textile and sewing facility located near Dhaka, Bangladesh. This facility was purchased in March 2010 as a strategic initiative to service the Company’s growing European and Asian businesses.

    Since the time of the acquisition, we have successfully implemented our Code of Conduct and Environmental Code of Practice both of which are cornerstones of our Genuine Stewardship program. We have invested heavily in this facility in order to bring it up to par with our other facilities in Central America, the Caribbean Basin, the U.S. and Canada These investments include the installation of a sprinkler system and external fire escapes, the construction of a new water-treatment plant and the replacement/upgrade of other equipment required to bring this facility up to Gildan’s global standards.

    As part of the due diligence process carried out prior to the acquisition of this facility, Gildan hired a U.S.-based engineering firm to perform a physical assessment of the property and its buildings. As a result of their findings, considerable resources were allocated to reinforce the building’s structure with structural steel and reinforced concrete. In addition, our Bangladesh building is audited by safety and loss prevention specialists on an annual basis.

    Our employees’ health and safety continue to be of paramount importance to us. In light of the Tazreen Fashions Ltd. and Rana Plaza tragedies that occurred in Bangladesh in recent years, Gildan remains confident that the actions undertaken in our Bangladesh facility best ensure the health and safety of our employees.

    The facility has an emergency response brigade team which is comprised of 283 employees, an increase of 43 employees compared to last year. One recent fire drill at our facility in Bangladesh resulted in the successful evacuation of over 2,800 employees in two buildings, in a span of five minutes, an improvement of one minute compared to last year.

    In July 2014, Gildan was also inspected under the ACCORD program for electrical and fire safety, and for building structure safety in August 2014. In February 2016, the ACCORD conducted its follow-up audit and issued a report. Based on the report received by ACCORD resulting from the follow-up inspection, there are some items that we felt had been fully remediated, but the report did not reflect complete remediation for these items. In addition, it is also important to point out that many of the outstanding non-compliances do not originate from the ACCORD’s initial inspection but rather are new findings which result from follow-up on-site visits that take place every two months. Resulting from different meetings and follow-up during the last year, the ACCORD has acknowledged our remediation status and updated the corrective action plans (CAPs). Remediated non-compliances are now labeled as pending verification rather than in progress. Based on the updated CAPs, from 2016, we only have 1 pending item that is in progress out of 13 for structural building safety, 7 pending items that are in progress out of 57 for electrical safety and 8 pending items that are in progress out of 31 for fire safety. 

    During 2016, injury and severity rates decreased by 33% (from 0.15 to 0.05) and 76% (from 0.33 to 0.25) respectively at this facility.

  • Health and Safety Training

    Each year, Gildan provides a number of health and safety training sessions to employees at all levels at all of its facilities. These sessions include:

    • General safety rules
    • Inspection check sheets
    • Emergency response and first aid
    • Evacuation and rescue procedures
    • Forklift security
    • Industrial security training
    • Fire control and prevention
    • Ear protection and back safety
    • Extinguisher use
    • Hazardous waste management
    • Work permit/lock-out/tag-out
    • Personal protective equipment
    • Electrical hazards
    • Spill response
    • Working at heights
    • Chemical identification and use
    • Accident reporting and investigation

    Approximately 105,000 man-hours of training on health and safety were conducted in 2016.

    In 2015, a group of employees from our facilities in Central America and the Caribbean basin were trained on the Safety Training Observation Program (STOP) in order to promote safety and reduce accidents at all of our facilities in these locations. More than 2,000 employees were trained in STOP, representing over 3,600 man-hours of training. The training helped sensitize employees to safety hazards, resulting in over 4,100  preventive observations submitted by employees in 2016.

    In 2016, all employees of our Canadian hosiery facility have been trained on Gildan’s health and safety standards. The objective of these training sessions was to implement Gildan's Health and Safety Management System in a consistent manner throughout all company owned facilities. Our Peds legwear  facility in the United-States and Alsyle facilities in Mexico will receive such training over the course of 2017. Amongst others initiatives , the health and safety culture at our Canadian hosiery facility was built by training all plant supervisors on accident case management, establishing safety rules and guidelines to all employees, and introducing monthly workplace inspections.

    In addition, more than 19,400 employees from our facilities in Central America and the Caribbean basin were trained in ergonomics by medical, EHS and other staff members in 2015. These training sessions were part of the implementation of our Ergonomics program.

    For more details on this program, please click here.

  • Health and Safety Compliance Performance

    All Gildan-owned facilities are subject to specific health and safety audits. These audits are performed on a regular basis by in-house safety coordinators and internal corporate social responsibility auditors, in addition to external social compliance auditors.

    Health and Safety Audits are conducted at All Gildan-owned Facilities as follows:

    • Textile facilities: Every two weeks
    • Sewing facilities: Once per month
    • Ergonomics
    • Cafeteria sanitary conditions
    • Facility safety
    • Maintenance and condition of equipment
    • Labelling and maintenance of chemicals
    • Housekeeping

  • Local initiatives

    Gildan has developed and implemented numerous programs to address the specific needs of employees working at our facilities around the globe.  Through various regional initiatives, our main priority is to elevate our employees’ knowledge and awareness of general health and safety issues.


    HEALTH AND SAFETY AWARENESS

    Internal Communications

    Health and safety information is communicated to employees through various channels depending on location. Gildan leverages various means of communication including bulletins, flyers, emails, meetings, Gildan TV and notifications from health care partners. 

    EHS Training Videos

    In 2016, Gildan’s EHS team in Honduras prepared training videos to present safety standard operating procedures geared towards our distribution centers. 

    Safety Training Centers

    In 2016, all Gildan Yarns manufacturing facilities situated in North Carolina were equippred with Safety Training Centers. These installations display posters and pictures of common safety issues and serve as a permanent reference for workplace health and safety practices.

    Training centers also feature reference binders containing information about relevant safety programs for employees.  The binders include:  job descriptions, safety data sheets, personal protective equipment requirements and job safety analyses for each occupation.

    The training centers are located at the entrance and in the manufacturing area of each plant so that all employees have access and visibility. 


    HEALTH CAMPAIGNS

    Gildan organizes several health fairs at our facilities and in the communities where we operate throughout Central America, the Caribbean Basin, Bangladesh and the U.S.  Often, Gildan invites representatives from various organizations to provide employees with information on various topics related to nutrition and other health-related issues.  Employees also receive information about treatment and medical conditions, such as diabetes, orthopedics, auditory examinations, dental, ophthalmological and reproductive health.

    Health Fairs

    In 2016, over 1,300 employees and their families received free medical attention at the Gildan health fairs in Honduras and the Dominican Republic.  Moreover, the Company offered dental care and ophthalmology at four health fairs held in Honduras, which benefitted a total of 1,162 employees in these countries. In Nicaragua, health fairs were organized in all three of our facilities to benefit employees and their families; more than 7,500 interventions were provided in areas such as general medicine, diabetes, laboratory and breast exams, cytology, ophthalmology and dentistry.

    Gildan’s Human Resources department in Charleston, SC organized a successful health fair in 2016. Many local vendors and healthcare providers, including chiropractors, massage therapists, orthopedists, and nutritionists, were invited to showcase their products and services. Employees were able to engage with local providers on-site, to discuss personal wellness goals and were given the opportunity to schedule appointments for basic consultations with specialists, also benefitting from discounts offered by vendors affiliated with the group health plan.  Moreover, all participating vendors donated health products or gift certificates for an employee raffle.

    Pediatric Day

    In August 2016, Gildan organized a Pediatric Day in the Dominican Republic where children of employees received free medical attention, vaccinations and deworming while parents benefitted from timely guidance on the treatment and prevention of common illnesses. Close to 300 children participated in the Pediatric Day – not only did they receive care, but they were also treated to fun and games. Additionally, 1,439 employees and family members attended information sessions and benefitted from free dental care (check-up, cleaning, and fluoride applications). 

    In-house Medical Teams

    Gildan’s team of doctors in Honduras regularly lead awareness campaigns to address widespread health concerns affecting the population. These include, for example, venous insufficiency (affection 100 employees) and H. Pylori detection (affecting 53 employees). One of our facilities launched the “I Want to Be Healthy” program, while others focused on raising awareness around motorcycle accidents given the high incidence of accidents reported.

    Health Month at Corporate Headquarters

    In 2016, the corporate head office organized a series of health activities for employees throughout the month of April. This annual initiative is meant to inspire health and wellness amongst employees. Employees benefitted from information sessions and lifestyle activities, such as health assessments for cardiovascular risk, a bootcamp training class and chair massages. Two conferences about wellness strategies for busy professionals and Thyroid health were presented.  Employees were also treated to a salad bar for lunch to encourage healthy eating and menu choices. 

    A walking club has been formed and subsidized yoga classes are also offered on-site; and discounted gym memberships are available to all employees.

    Bangladesh Health and Safety Week

    In 2016, Gildan’s vertically integrated facility in Bangladesh organized a Health and Safety week during the month of April, where public and private organizations were invited to provide training on topics related to health and safety for employees. Various topics were addressed throughout the week.  Representatives from the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association presented on Fire Safety and Disaster Awareness.  Employees also heard from members of the Human Resources department regarding Risk Analysis.  Other external presenters raised awareness about cancer, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.

    Cedartown Health Week

    Gildan’s yarn spinning facility in Cedartown, GA organized a Health Week event, where participants enjoyed a full week of exercise and activities such as hula hooping, jump rope and cornhole competitions. Other activities included a health-themed game of bingo and word puzzles.  During the week, employees learned how to manage stress and they were also offered information by the Stroke Department at Floyd Medical Center in addition to having bone density testing and electrocardiograms performed on-site.  Finger sticks were performed to analyze participants’ triglycerides, cholesterol and blood sugar levels.  Moreover, 44 employees received flu shots during the event.

    Safety Bowl

    The original idea for a Safety Bowl originated from a worker-management committee meeting at Gildan’s distribution facility in Eden, NC. Borrowing from the point system used in football, participants were divided into teams to earn “yardage” and “points” for various safety initiatives such as inspections as well as zero to low accident and injury rates. Teams lose points for failing to comply with safety requirements. At the end of the year, the team with the most points is awarded with a vacation day, a trophy and commemorative plaque, which is then displayed in the break room.

    HIV / AIDS Awareness Campaigns

    Gildan has held HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness campaigns in Honduras and Nicaragua since 2010. The campaigns are meant to educate and to raise awareness amongst employees by sharing information through brochures, bulletin boards and presentations. Local organizations are invited to provide HIV testing. In 2016, all facilities in Honduras participated in a HIV/AIDS prevention contest. Employees there chose to wear a red t-shirt for the cause. During the campaign in Nicaragua, more than 261 employees voluntarily submitted to HIV testing provided by a local NGO.

    Barbados Wellness Committee

    Employees in Barbados formed a Wellness Committee to promote healthy lifestyle initiatives. Fitness and team challenges are organized throughout the year to motivate employees to lead heathy lifestyles. Examples of these initiatives include an annual run/walk, lectures, periodic health checks and screenings (Body Mass Index (BMI), blood pressure, cholesterol and breast cancer) as well as dietary checks and consultations with certified dieticians.


    CAFETERIA QUALITY AND HYGIENE

    Food Safety Program

    In keeping with our commitment to providing employees with clean and hygienic cafeteria services, Gildan implemented a food safety program (Programa Alimentos Seguros or PAS) at all cafeterias located in Honduras. The program provides useful tools for continuously improving the quality of food facilities and increasing employee satisfaction with the cafeterias.  The program is also designed to mitigate any risk of food related outbreaks or illness that could affect cafeteria staff or employees.

    Through this program, Gildan has benefitted from consultations and training from AgroBioTek Internacional, the organization that developed the program. Food service employees received training and were coached on the auditing process to learn how to quickly detect non-conformities as well as implement corrective action in accordance with international standards.

    Food Handling Certification

    Nearly all of our facilities in Honduras and Nicaragua have a valid gold certification confirming that they are compliant with international standards for food handling. The gold rating is the highest that can be attained through this particular certification program. Certification is needed at two facilities, we expect one to be recertified in 2017 following the onboarding of a new cafeteria service provider; the other will apply for certification certification following the completion of kitchen upgrades recommended by AgroBio Tek.

    Cafeteria Services in Bangladesh

    In an effort to continuously improve food service for our employees in Bangladesh, our facility has implemented new internal and external controls to ensure the quality of the cafeteria services.  The facility has accommodated monthly audits by the Institute of Public Health needed to maintain the government’s certification. Moreover, a Cafeteria Committee has been formed and includes representatives from Human Resources, EHS and the onsite medical clinic as well as employees who audit the state of the premises and quality of the food on a monthly basis.


    HEALTHCARE 

    In many countries where we operate, public and private healthcare programs are often inadequate. To compensate for deficiencies in public health systems, Gildan physicians at each of our owned facilities have analyzed the epidemiology of common illnesses in our operating regions (such as influenza, HIV and other STIs, dengue, and conjunctivitis). Based on their findings, Gildan has implemented preventive programs for employees that include communication tools to raise awareness. These include: presentations, bulletins, brochures, and loud speaker announcements.

    Preventing Respiratory Illness in Central America and the Caribbean Basin

    Our facilities throughout Central America and the Caribbean Basin have adopted a preventive program against respiratory illnesses, which are the most common illnesses in these regions due to the tropical climate. For instance, in 2012, after a marked increase in the number of leptospirosis cases in Nicaragua, a preventive program was implemented there.

    To further enhance our health care programs in 2012, seven doctors working at Gildan facilities in Honduras were trained on Occupational Health by the Investigation and Health Studies Center of the Universidad Autónoma de Nicaragua. A total of 11 additional doctors were trained in this area, during 2016, by the Honduran Social Security Institute.

    At present, 22 doctors have been trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), 19 in our Gildan “Shoulder School” ergonomics program, 11 in Occupational Health and 16 certified in audiometric testing. 

    Our team of nurses also received training in 2016; 20 in CPR, 13 in Gildan’s “Shoulder School” and/or “Back School” ergonomics programs as well as 11 in hearing conservation.  

    During the course of 2016, more than 3,700 audiometric tests were performed in Honduras, 3,000 in Nicaragua and 350 in the Dominican Republic as part of the Hearing Conservation program. 

    In October 2016, Gildan inaugurated the ‘’Back School’’ ergonomics program at our textile facility in the Dominican Republic. To date, two groups have participated and have related positive feedback about this program which is meant to improve health and safety in their workplace. Moreover, 30 employees participated in the Back and Shoulder School ergonomics programs in Nicaragua.

    Flu Shot Campaigns

    Onsite flu shot clinics are held at all facilities in the U.S. Employees appreciate the convenience of having this service onsite, but those unable to attend our onsite clinics can be vaccinated at their provider’s office, or approved clinics, free of charge. 

    US Medical Discount Program

    In 2016, over 94% of employees and participating spouses (those participating in our group health insurance plan), voluntarily agreed to receive an annual/routine. Employees who provided valid proof of their visit were able to save $20 bi-weekly on their coverage while those employees whose insurance plan covers their spouses were eligible for a $40 bi-weekly savings. Our goal for 2017 is to achieve 97% participation.

    In 2016, we offered two enhancements to our benefits program that encouraged compliance with our wellness program. For the benefit plan year beginning May 1, 2016, Gildan introduced a comprehensive wellness compliance program that will focus on diabetic health care. Participants in the program that achieved 100% compliance will receive all diabetic medications and supplies free of charge. This program is designed to target those employees, and/or dependents, that incur claims due to non-complacency with recommended diabetic check-ups and will encourage the proper use of medications by eliminating the financial burden associated with obtaining prescriptions. In its initial year the program had 85 participants nationwide.  We will closely monitor the ongoing success of this program throughout 2017.  


    WOMEN’S HEALTH

    Cervical Cancer Screening 

    In Honduras, our health care teams teach female employees to recognize the signs of cervical cancer and provide free testing for those who wish to be tested. First offered in 2007, our ongoing annual campaign has provided cytology tests for 6,613 employees.

    Through this campaign, 2,062 female employees in Honduras and 85 in Nicaragua received screening tests in 2016.  Additionally, a total of 835 breast exams were carried out in these countries.

    In 2016, our facility in Bangladesh held a Cervix Cancer campaign for female employees, who happen to represent the majority of workers in the region. 

    Gildan’s Pink Tour, A Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign

    In honour of breast cancer awareness month, Gildan’s Pink Tour takes action to raise awareness amongst employees throughout our facilities in Central America and the Caribbean Basin.  Developed in 2010, the program’s purpose is to inform employees about the importance of early detection and intervention in the fight against cancer.

    In 2016, the Pink Tour delivered conferences on breast and cervical cancer prevention, detection and treatment.  In collaboration with the Heriberto Pieter Cancer Institute and the League Against Cancer, two non-profit institutions in the Dominican Republic and Honduras, a team of doctors were able to tour Gildan facilities in these countries. Gildan’s resident doctors visited the facilities in Nicaragua to spread the same messages there. As a result, close to 2,800 women were screened.

    Doctors also gave presentations on the importance of a healthy lifestyle in the prevention of cancer and cancer survival stories were shared with participants.  Information on breast cancer was posted around the facilities and pink ribbons were distributed, supporting the message of early prevention and intervention among the over 40,000 employees working in these regions.  

    Pregnancy Workshops in Honduras

    To facilitate compliance with the Honduran Health Secretary’s requirements for pregnant employees, Gildan developed a workshop under the Social Security Institute (IHSS) that is necessary for women employees to receive an allowance during their maternity leave. The government’s objective is to provide pregnant women with information that will help them prepare for birth and motherhood. The workshop covers the following topics:  Breathing techniques, General physical preparation exercises, Advantages of breastfeeding, Delivery, Waiting at home and when to go to the hospital, and High-risk situations.

    Gildan’s workshops give employees an option to receive their training at the Company’s facilities over the course of one day, as an alternative to the four-day workshop taught externally by the IHSS.

    Since 2011, a total of 1,560 women working in our facilities throughout Central America and the Caribbean Basin have participated in Gildan’s workshop. In 2016, 24 pregnancy workshops were provided to pregnant employees in Honduras and Nicaragua respectively, while six workshops were offered in the Dominican Republic.

     

    Breastfeeding Clinics

    In October 2010, we inaugurated a breastfeeding clinic to support new mothers in Honduras. In fact, this initiative was recognized during International Breastfeeding week in August 2011. Building on this success, Gildan also created designated areas for nursing mothers in the other Honduran facilities as well as in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. These designated areas provide a calm, quiet space decorated with pictures of our employees’ babies where nursing mothers can pump and store milk. These stations benefit an average of 150 employees per year.

    In 2016, we created 11 nursing areas in our textile and sewing facilities.

    Pre-natal Clinic in Bangladesh

    In 2014, a pre-natal clinic was opened at our facility in Bangladesh. The clinic provides pre-natal care and instruction for pregnant employees.  A doctor and nurse are in charge of the clinic and they provide periodic workshops on topics such as: Special care for pregnant women, Exercise techniques to facilitate birth, Care of newborns and Breastfeeding techniques. A vaccination program is also in place, with a main focus on tetanus vaccines to protect mothers and their children.

    Tuberculosis Prevention in Bangladesh 

    In 2016, our facility in Bangladesh organized a Tuberculosis campaign, given the prevalence of this infectious disease in the region. The campaign included educational programs as well as information about the diagnosis and treatment of the disease. These initiatives were led by external specialists, invited by Gildan, to provide the best help and support to our employees.

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