May 17, 2016
Gildan Donates to Relief Efforts for Fort McMurray Fire Victims
Montreal, Tuesday, May 17, 2016 – Gildan announced today that it is donating a large collection of clothing items, including t-shirts, underwear and socks, to the evacuees of the Fort McMurray fires. The donation, with a retail value of more than $400,000 is being made to the Edmonton Emergency Relief Services Society (EERSS) which has established the necessary infrastructure to receive the shipment and deliver the items to the people displaced by the devastating forest fires.
“Our thoughts are with the residents of Fort McMurray and Northern Alberta who have been forced to flee their homes, leaving everything they value behind,” said Glenn Chamandy, President and CEO of Gildan. “One of the pillars of our company’s corporate social responsibility program, Genuine Gildan, is to be supportive of the communities where we operate, and as such, we are pleased to be able to assist Canadians who find themselves in this difficult situation.”
Under the Company’s Gildan Gives program, Gildan has announced that it will match monetary donations made by any of its more than 600 Canadian employees towards the relief efforts.
“It is our hope that our efforts will assist the Fort McMurray residents displaced by the fires in the process of getting their lives back to normal,” added Mr. Chamandy.
Gildan is a leading manufacturer and marketer of quality branded basic family apparel, including T-shirts, fleece, sport shirts, underwear, socks, hosiery, and shapewear. The Company sells its products under a diversified portfolio of company-owned brands, including the Gildan®, Gold Toe®, Anvil®, Comfort Colors® and Alstyle® brands, as well as the Secret®, Silks® and Therapy Plus™ brands. The Company also has the U.S. sock license for Under Armour®, and licenses for the Mossy Oak® and New Balance® brands. The Company distributes its products in printwear markets in the U.S. and Canada, as well as in Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. The Company also markets its products to a broad spectrum of retailers primarily in the U.S. and Canada. The Company also manufactures for select leading global athletic and lifestyle consumer brands.
Gildan owns and operates vertically-integrated, large-scale manufacturing facilities which are primarily located in Central America, the Caribbean Basin and the United States, and are strategically positioned to efficiently service the quick replenishment needs of its customers in the printwear and retail markets. Gildan has over 42,000 employees worldwide and is committed to industry-leading labour and environmental practices at all of its facilities. More information about the Company and its corporate citizenship practices and initiatives can be found at its corporate websites www.gildan.com and www.genuinegildan.com, respectively.