HanesBrands to improve at least 10 million lives

October 19, 2020 - United States Of America

HanesBrands, a socially responsible marketer of everyday basic apparel, has come out with new, wide-ranging 2030 global sustainability goals that include a commitment to setting science-based environmental targets, improving the lives of at least 10 million people, and addressing the use of plastics and sustainable raw materials in products and packaging.

The goals were launched via a new sustainability website, www.HBISustains.com, designed to increase company transparency and reporting on key metrics, including diversity, human rights benchmarks and risk assessments for investors.

The company’s efforts, which build upon its long-term success in ethical workplace practices, community building, energy and carbon emissions reduction and environmental sustainability, are being developed in alignment with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. The 17 UN SDGs address global challenges such as poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, good health and decent work.

One of the company’s 2030 global sustainability goals is that by 2030, HanesBrands will improve the lives of at least 10 million people through health and wellness programmes, diversity and inclusion initiatives, improved workplace quality, and philanthropic efforts that improve local communities.

The company will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25 per cent to align with science-based targets, reduce water use by 25 per cent, use 100 per cent renewable electricity in company-owned operations, and bring landfill waste to zero by 2030.

HanesBrands will eliminate all single-use plastics and reduce packaging weight by 25 per cent while also moving to 100 per cent recycled polyester and sustainably sourced cotton.

“Our 2030 global sustainability goals across all three people, planet and product platforms expand our efforts to address key challenges that will make the world a more comfortable, livable and inclusive place,” said HanesBrands CEO Stephen B Bratspies. “As a global industry leader, HanesBrands has an opportunity to make a greater impact through our workplace practices, environmental stewardship and community building initiatives. We’re ramping up our efforts to pursue ambitious goals that will connect our strategies with the global priorities of the UN SDGs to improve the lives of people, protect the planet and ensure world-class sustainable products.”

As part of the company’s 2030 goals, HanesBrands has signed the Science Based Targets Call-to-Action Commitment Letter, pledging the company to develop science-based targets by 2022.

HanesBrands has significantly reduced energy use and carbon emissions since implementing an energy management programme in 2007. Other recent achievements include being named one of the 100 most sustainable companies in the nation by Barron’s; becoming the only apparel company in history to earn the US Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award; and earning a leadership level A- score for the second year in the CDP 2019 Climate Change Report.

The company is building on its long history of employee volunteerism, which provides ample opportunities for its employees to give back to their communities. Through its 2030 goals, HanesBrands is encouraging its 63,000 employees in more than 40 countries to become actively engaged in their communities by volunteering their time.

HanesBrands’ new sustainability website, www.HBISustains.com, represents the next evolution in the company’s industry-leading corporate responsibility programme. The website details the company’s historical progress on environmental metrics, workplace practices, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and long-term vision to promote the well-being of its people and their communities, the preservation of the planet, and the sustainability of its products.

The website is designed to increase transparency into the company’s operations, systems, processes and products to all HanesBrands stakeholders.

“As a global industry leader, it is critical for us to have a strong plan in place to become better stewards of our planet, advocates for our people, and to continue to develop products that are made from the best possible combination of sustainable materials and innovative technology,” said Chris Fox, vice president of corporate social responsibility, HanesBrands. “Our people are at the heart of everything we do, so we sustain our commitment to them and to being community-minded and environmentally conscious. Our 2030 global goals will lead our sustainability journey into the next decade.”

Unlike most companies in the apparel industry, HanesBrands primarily manufactures its garments in company-owned plants across the globe and operates a balanced supply chain across hemispheres, including fabric production and sewing. Owning the majority of its supply chain not only impacts cost, scale and flexibility, but also the ability to adhere to best-in-class management and environmental practices.