under our Environmental Management System which is based on international standards
to optimize our operations
to improve wastewater treatment at our Biotop in the Dominican Republic
As part of its Environmental Management System, Gildan conducts a complete analysis of potential environmental risks that are specific to the locations where we operate. This analysis helps us prevent and address any adverse impact that our operations have on the environment and in the surrounding community. Part of this process includes scheduling meetings with members of the community to exchange with Gildan on topics of interest as they relate to our operations.
Environmental audits are conducted to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of our Environmental Management System. These audits help us ensure that our operations are compliant with local laws and regulations, as well as with our own stringent internal standards. We continually strive to identify the root causes of any deficiencies revealed during an audit and to establish a clear corrective action plan to implement sustainable remediation.
The frequency of the environmental audits depend on the manufacturing activities performed at a given facility and the potential impact such activities might have on the environment and our operations. The majority of our facilities are audited once per year and a minimum of once every 18 months.
In order to address the non-compliances identified through our environmental audits, we work closely with each of the facilities in order to develop action plans to remediate non-compliances in a sustainable and timely fashion. Onsite visits are critical to ensure the proper implementation of corrective action plans, to establish collaborative relationships and to focus on prevention at the source.
In 2017, training on safe chemistry was provided to our facilities in order to specifically improve their awareness and performance in this topic. We also continued to execute environmental audits specific to our waste management contractors in order to ensure they are complying with local and Gildan requirements.