We are pleased to share that we have published our 18th annual Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Report, which outlines our ESG commitments and performance results in 2021, accompanied by further details on Gildan’s Next Generation ESG strategy and future targets. 

Below you will find some highlights from this year's publication.

Full 2021 ESG report

Take a deep dive into the progress we’ve made toward making apparel with respect for the environment, circularity, people, communities, and transparency. 

“We are pleased with the work we’ve done to continue playing a role in improving the livelihood of people who make our clothes, protecting the environment, empowering our communities, and increasing the sustainability of our products. Our vertically integrated business model continues to be the driving force behind our leading ESG practices and allows us to ensure that our products are made with respect throughout our entire supply chain.”

Glenn J. Chamandy
President and CEO

A look back at 2021

2021 was characterized by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, supply chain disruptions, labour shortages, and geo-political and climate uncertainty. Despite these global challenges, Gildan continued to lead the way responsible apparel manufacturing and closed-off the year with strong ESG performance and strategic progress.

Environment

Gildan understands its responsibility in joining efforts to address the global challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss. This is why we continue to invest in systems, technologies, and initiatives that reduce our GHG emissions, minimize waste, optimize resources, and reduce our overall impact on the planet.

Key environmental highlights

39%

of Gildan's energy came from renewable sources

18%

reduction in water intensity compared to 2018

15%

decrease in total waste intensity compared to 2018

68%

reduction in waste clippings compared to 2020

Social

When it comes to our employees, treating them with respect and dignity is one of our highest priorities. This is why we are committed to continuing to transform policy into concrete action, while making sure fairness, inclusion, and opportunity are further incorporated into Gildan’s labour practices.

Key social highlights

$15.1M

towards in-kind benefits for employees

98%

Gildan workers were represented by formal Health and Safety committees

78%

of respondents from the employee engagement survey said they believed Gildan was an inclusive workplace

2%

increase in female representation per quarter at the senior management level

$2.1M

donated to community partners

$850M

total expenditures in materials and services with local suppliers

Governance

Operating in a responsible, ethical, and transparent manner is at the core to Gildan’s business strategy, and it has long been a key element of our success. As one of the leading vertically integrated manufacturers in the apparel industry, we produce the vast majority of our products in our own facilities. This gives us the advantage of exercising direct control over how we operate, and it enables us to prioritize ESG across our operations.

Key governance highlights

independent
advisory

firm retained to review the Board’s processes and structure, composition and succession planning, and oversight of ESG matters.

9/10

of Gildan’s Board of Directors were independent

2/3

of Gildan’s three Board level committees were chaired by women

Recognitions

In 2021, Gildan was recognized by some of the following organizations: