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CSR Strategy

Our Genuine Responsibility™ journey started almost 15 years ago. Throughout the years, we have implemented leading programs in terms of corporate, social and environmental responsibility and continuously strive to expand them.  

 

These programs have been developed based on well-recognized standards and industry-leading practices. Our vertically-integrated business model provides us with the control to directly implement our CSR programs and continuously find ways to make them better.

Genuine Responsibility™ has three overarching priorities:

Caring for People
Caring for People

By owning our own facilities that produce our apparel, we are able to directly invest in the well-being, safety and development of our employees by creating work environments that are in line with the highest international standards.

Conserving the Environment
Conserving the Environment

Through investments in large-scale environmental innovations at our manufacturing facilities, we have implemented systems to maximize our use of natural resources, increase our access to renewable energy and treat our wastewater naturally.

Creating Stronger Communities
Creating Stronger Communities

We want to contribute to our communities and have a positive impact by helping them become stronger and more resilient, investing in local economic development, advancing access to education and promoting healthy and active lifestyles.

Materiality Assessment

In 2017, Gildan worked with an independent third party to facilitate our second materiality assessment. This process helped refine our understanding of the social, environmental and economic issues that are most critical to our stakeholders and to the long-term success of our operations and identify three main topics:

  • Human and Labour Rights
  • Health and Safety
  • Operational Waste and Wastewater Management

 

Results of our Genuine Responsibility™ Materiality Assessment:

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More details on the Materiality Assessment methodology can be found in our 2017 report.

Sustainable Development Goals

Born at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in 2012, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. 

In 2017, we selected four Sustainable Development Goals to align with. We believe that our vertically-integrated business model and our Genuine Responsibility™ priorities give us the ability to have a positive impact on the following Goals:

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Quality education is the foundation for improving people’s lives and sustainable development. This goal ensures that all girls and boys complete free primary and secondary schooling by 2030. It also aims to provide equal access to affordable vocational training, to eliminate gender and wealth disparities, and achieve universal access to a quality higher education.

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The SDGs promote sustained economic growth, higher levels of productivity and technological innovation. Encouraging entrepreneurship and job creation is the key to this, as are effective measures to eradicate forced labour, slavery and human trafficking. With these targets in mind, the goal is to achieve full and productive employment, and decent work, for all women and men by 2030.

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Industrialization drives economic growth, creates job opportunities and thereby reduces income poverty. Investments are crucial to achieving sustainable development and empowering communities in many countries. It has long been recognized that growth in productivity and incomes, and improvements in health and education outcomes require investment in infrastructure.

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Sustainable consumption and production is about promoting resource and energy efficiency, sustainable infrastructure, and providing access to basic services, green and decent jobs and a better quality of life for all. Its implementation helps to achieve overall development plans, reduce future economic, environmental and social costs, strengthen economic competitiveness and reduce poverty.