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GAP targets GHG emissions reduction
Feb '16
As a strategic investment to foster cleaner global business, international clothing and accessories retailer Gap Inc., has announced an ambitious new goal to reduce absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across all owned and operated facilities globally by 50 per cent from 2015 levels by the end of 2020. With this new emissions target, Gap Inc. joins the international effort to tackle climate change, building upon the momentum of the landmark Paris Agreement reached last month by the 2015 United Nations climate change summit, COP 21, it said in a press release.

Gap Inc.'s new climate goal was announced as part of the company's most recent Global Sustainability report, “Our Futures are Woven Together,” which outlines the company's steadfast commitment to protect human rights and improve working conditions in garment factories across the company's supply chain; to advocate for greater equality and opportunity across its global enterprise; and to change the lives of one million women through P.A.C.E., its award-winning women's life skills education programme by 2020.

Recognizing Gap Inc.'s commitment to equality, inclusion and diversity, the leading nonprofit Catalyst has announced that Gap Inc. would be presented with the prestigious 2016 Catalyst Award at their annual awards event on March 16.

Gap CEO Art Peck opens the new sustainability report, reflecting on the social and environmental challenges collectively faced by Gap Inc. and the people touched by its business, as well as on the opportunities and promise that lie ahead. "Change is not just possible, but imperative – our futures are tied together and we can't afford not to act," Peck writes.

“At Gap Inc., we believe that environmental issues are fundamentally human rights issues. We also believe that creating a more sustainable environment is critical to our company's business success,” said Melissa Fifield, Senior Director of Sustainable Innovation at Gap Inc.

Gap Inc. has set its new emissions goal after having achieved its previous goal, which called for reducing absolute greenhouse gas emissions across US operations from a 2008 baseline by 20 per cent by the end of 2015. Last week, the company reported a total of approximately 37 per cent emissions reduction during the 2008-2015 timeframe. Gap Inc. also announced a companion waste goal for its US facilities to divert 80 per cent of waste from landfill by the end of 2020.

The new report details the company's most recent sustainability initiatives, and covers data from fiscal years 2013-2014. Gap Inc. was one of the first apparel companies to issue a comprehensive social responsibility report in 2003, and the company continues to re-examine the progression of this work as it learns more about the root causes of the challenges across the global value chain and strives to identify, test and implement solutions that can help achieve even greater positive impacts. (SH)

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