HanesBrands surpassed its initial five-year goals for significant reductions in energy use, carbon-dioxide emissions and water use in 2012, and has since set even more ambitious goals for environmental performance by 2020. Compared to its 2007 baseline performance, Hanes is committed to:
- Reduce energy consumption by 40 percent;
- Reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by 40 percent;
- Reduce water use by
As a 2017 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Sustained Excellence Award winner, HanesBrands earned its eighth consecutive EPA commendation for energy conservation, carbon emissions reduction and environmental sustainability. Hanes is the only apparel company to be honored for sustained excellence in the program’s 25-year history.
Energy Star was introduced by the EPA in 1992 as a voluntary,
HanesBrands is committed to increase its use of renewable energy to 40 percent by 2020, and the company has made significant investments in biomass facilities to help meet the demands of its energy-intensive manufacturing operations.
The company owns and operates two state-of-the-art biomass facilities in its global energy portfolio. The first is a process steam biomass
HanesBrands has voluntarily reported its carbon emissions and other data since 2010 to CDP for its annual Climate Change Report. CDP, formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project, is a global disclosure system that enables companies and other entities to measure and manage environmental impacts.
In 2016, the company scored an above-average B rating for emissions,
HanesBrands regularly evaluates its potential water risk using tools developed by the World Wildlife Fund and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
Water risk analyses utilizing the WWF tool were performed on a cross-section of internal manufacturing facilities, which produce about 80 percent of the products Hanes sells across the globe. Potential risks were divided
As part of HanesBrands’ environmental sustainability commitment, the company builds and/or retrofits its manufacturing, distribution and office space worldwide in accordance with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design guidelines from the U.S. Green Business Council.
As a USGBC member, Hanes is committed to maintaining environmentally sustainable buildings through responsible facility design, construction and management. The company
HanesBrands has constructed state-of-the-art wastewater-treatment plants to support its manufacturing facilities around the world. These plants are built to meet or exceed wastewater standards in the United States and local countries, whichever are more stringent.
The systems treat 100 percent of the wastewater from Hanes’ manufacturing facilities and employ an advanced, naturally occurring biological process that has
HanesBrands was one of the first companies to have a comprehensive chemical-management program, and requires its suppliers to have comparable system in place. This rigor helps ensure Hanes’ products are made with the safest and most sustainable substances possible, thus protecting employees, consumers and the environment.
As part of its program, Hanes requires all chemicals to
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
HanesBrands successfully beat our ambitious five-year goals for reducing energy consumption, carbon dioxide emissions and water use. We also achieved our goal of sourcing at least 30 percent of our worldwide energy use from renewable sources.
The goals were set using a baseline of 2007. Between 2007 and 2012, the company:
- Reduced energy use by 22 percent