Gildan is one of the world’s largest vertically-integrated manufacturers of everyday basic apparel, including activewear, underwear, socks, hosiery, and legwear. Over 90% of Gildan’s annual sales are generated from products that are manufactured within the Company’s owned and operated manufacturing network, which sets us apart from major global apparel companies. This direct control of almost the entire manufacturing process, from raw materials to finished products, allows the Company to ensure that responsible and sustainable practices are consistently deployed throughout the complete value chain.
Gildan has always believed in the fair and ethical treatment of its employees as well as those who manufacture our products throughout our entire supply chain. As a responsible corporate citizen, Gildan is committed to adopting the best labour practices and working conditions to ensure that the human rights and dignity of all our employees and those of our third-party contractors are respected.
Gildan’s Genuine Responsibility® program is an environmental, social and governance (ESG) program that guides how our apparel is designed, made and sold. Gildan’s policies and procedures are aligned to those in the United Nation’s (UN) International Bill of Human Rights, as well as the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Forming an integral part of the Genuine Responsibility® program is Gildan’s Human Rights Policy, which clearly states our commitment to adopting the best labour practices and working conditions to ensure that the human rights and dignity of all of our employee and those of our supply chain partners are respected. Read more on human rights at Gildan here.
In all regions where we operate, Gildan and its supply chain partners are required to safeguard employee’s human rights by adopting and adhering to Gildan’s Code of Conduct and by complying with all applicable human rights laws. The Code of Conduct encompasses the standards set forth by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Fair Labor Association (FLA) and World Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP). The Code of Conduct unequivocally asserts our position on key industry risks such as child labour, forced labour, compensation, hours of work/overtime, health and safety, environment, freedom of association/collective bargaining harassment or abuse, grievance procedures are well as non-discrimination.
Moreover, Gildan does not tolerate any forms of forced labor in its supply chain. This includes; human trafficking, any type of modern slavery, prison labour, indentured labour, bonded labour, or any type of forced labor. Gildan’s Statement on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking describes the steps we take to identify and eradicate modern slavery and human trafficking from our supply chain and our own operations.
With regards to the reports of forced labour in, and connected to, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), Gildan can confirm that:
- All of Gildan’s third-party contractors of finished goods have certified that they do not have facilities located in the XUAR,
- Gildan has no known cotton of XUAR origin used in any of its vertically-integrated manufacturing facilities,
- And there are no known instances of cotton, polyester, or any components parts or labour from the XUAR used to manufacture Gildan products.
Gildan is conducting ongoing due diligence to monitor risks related to the XUAR. In that regard, the Company has issued a global communication to all of its supply chain business partners specifying that they implement appropriate policies and procedures to ensure compliance with these regulatory actions. Gildan’s business partners must also maintain records and evidence confirming their compliance with these regulations and appropriate traceability of products.
As always, Gildan is committed to taking all necessary actions to identify, prevent, and mitigate the risk of human right violations in its supply chain, and this commitment stands firm with regards to the XUAR.