Driving Social and Environmental Achievement by Engaging with NGOs and Others
HanesBrands considers engagement with nongovernmental organizations to be a critical part of our sustainability and corporate social responsibility efforts.
HanesBrands has been a fully accredited, participating member of the Fair Labor Association since 2009, and sustained engagement with the organization has been a critical component of the company’s overall social compliance program. This industry-leading organization is comprised of apparel and footwear manufacturers and suppliers, members of the civil society community, and colleges and universities – all working collectively to enhance labor rights compliance throughout worldwide supply chains.
Hanes’ work with the FLA has been instrumental in providing us opportunities to also engage with other members of the labor compliance NGO community, including:
- The Workers Rights Consortium, an independent labor rights monitoring organization that investigates working conditions in factories around the globe. The organization’s purpose is to combat sweatshops and protect the rights of workers who make apparel and other products.
- The Maquila Solidarity Network, a labor and women’s rights organization that supports the efforts of workers in global supply chains to increase wages, improve working conditions and achieve greater respect for their rights.
- Solidarity Center, which works to empower men and women around the world to have safe and fruitful livelihoods, exercise their fundamental labor rights and have a voice in shaping work conditions and public policies that impact their lives.
Hanes is one of the founding members of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), which was launched in 2010. The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) is an industry-leading organization with more than 80 apparel and footwear companies, scholars and environmental experts who collectively strive to reduce the environmental footprint and social impact of apparel and footwear products. The cornerstone of the SAC’s work is the Higg Index, a detailed and in-depth tool that measures environmental impact throughout the production process and lifecycle of apparel and footwear.
The company was the first leading apparel manufacturer to join The Sustainability Consortium. The Sustainability Consortium’s membership includes more than 100 leading companies across a range of consumer goods and other industries. Since its founding in 2009, the organization’s goal has been to work collaboratively across industries to develop the academic rigor necessary to enhance the sustainability of all consumer goods. Hanes is proud to be taking a leadership role in helping to drive the work being done in the Clothing, Footwear and Textiles Working Group.
Hanes is one of only four apparel companies in the groundbreaking Corporate Eco Forum, which is an invitation-only membership organization for large companies that demonstrate a serious commitment to sustainability as a business strategy issue. The organization’s mission is to help accelerate sustainable business innovation by creating the best neutral space for senior business leaders to strategize and exchange best-practice insights. The Corporate Eco Forum’s 70 members represent 18 industries and have combined revenues exceeding $3 trillion.
The company remains committed to engaging with a range of stakeholders and to collaborating with these organizations to continue advancing our successful Hanes for Good social responsibility and environmental sustainability efforts.