Communities

Our approach

2020 highlights

Philanthropy

We aim to ensure our community investments and activities are relevant to who we are as a business and aligned with our core values. That's why we seek programs and partnerships which reflect our corporate values of acting like entrepreneurs, operating responsibility, and believing in our people. To ensure that we maximize the impact of our support, we have local teams who manage our investments according to the needs of their respective communities. In 2020, the management overhead cost related to our community engagement was $214,692.

Our areas of focus

Youth education

We believe that supporting education helps address some of our stakeholders' most pressing needs. By working to strengthen the infrastructure, economy, and talent of the communities in which we operate, we contribute to the continued success of both our Company and our communities. Through these efforts, we can build important and trusting relationships with our local and national stakeholders.

Active living

We manufacture and market apparel that helps our consumers have an active life. We define active living as a way of life that integrates health, wellness, and an active lifestyle into everyday routines and brings communities together through healthy living. We believe we strengthen our communities and our business by supporting programs that encourage health, wellness, and physical activity.

Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship is at the very heart of our success. Entrepreneurship is integrated into our corporate values and how we do business every day. For us, entrepreneurship means employee accountability, continuous improvement, taking pride in the business, and contributing ideas to help grow the business. Given our entrepreneurial spirit and expertise as a vertically integrated apparel company, we can contribute to aspiring entrepreneurs.

Environment

At all operating levels, we know that we operate as part of a greater whole: the environment in which we live and work. This translates into a heightened sense of responsibility to optimize environmental resources and implement initiatives designed to reduce the impact of our activities on our surroundings.

Volunteerism

We encourage our employees to pursue their interests, support meaningful causes, and facilitate employee-led volunteering activities at all our locations. With this, our employees contribute to diverse causes by getting involved in and tackling issues that affect people, their communities, and the environment.

Humanitarian aid and disaster relief

We are also committed to continuing our legacy of providing humanitarian aid and disaster relief in the locations where we operate. In 2020, for example, in the wake of the damages left by hurricanes Eta and Iota, Gildan initiated a humanitarian aid plan to support employees and help local communities recover and rebuild. We donated 150,000 pieces of clothes and one million masks, in addition to distributing more than 7,500 emergency kits that included food, water, sleeping mats, and toiletry supplies. We also worked to locate shelters for displaced employees and other community members and provided medical assistance for them at our on-site clinics.

 

Finally, we initiated a fundraiser to support impacted employees and their families; thanks to generous donators across the globe and Gildan’s matching program, we were able to raise $165,000.

Some of our programs

Part of your Life

Our "Part of Your Life" program invites our employees to provide ideas for community projects they would like Gildan to be involved in. Relationships are also established with local and municipal authorities, local charities or education and health-related institutions, in order to identify other projects where we could bring an added value that would benefit the whole community.

Young Sustainability Leaders

Our Young Sustainability Leaders program allows us to transform lives through education. The program seeks to inspire and empower students to be the next generation of social and environmental entrepreneurs.