Letter from our CEO
HanesBrands conducts business around the world in a highly ethical manner, and we cherish our achievements and strong reputation for corporate citizenship and social responsibility. Each and every Hanes employee in more than 40 countries around the world takes pride in and contributes to our significant achievements in the areas of environmental stewardship, workplace quality, community building and business results.
We call our corporate social responsibility program Hanes for Good. That’s because adhering to responsible and sustainable business practices is good for our company, good for our employees, good for our communities, and good for our investors.
We have significantly reduced our environmental footprint and have goals to achieve even more. We have been recognized for our workplace practices, ethics and employee benefits. And we have improved the lives of thousands in our communities around the world through our innovative Green for Good philanthropy program.
While corporate citizenship is good for business, being a responsible company is not easy. It takes dedication, perseverance, patience and an unyielding commitment by tens of thousands of employees each and every day. Fortunately, we own the majority of our supply chain and have more direct control over how we do business than most apparel companies. In fact, approximately 80 percent of apparel items that we sell around the world, including the United States, is produced in facilities that we own or control. For the rest, we have an industry-leading compliance program to help make sure our business partners live up to the high standards that we set for ourselves.
We have been recognized by such organizations as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star program, the Great Place to Work Institute in Latin America, corporate responsibility advocate As You Sow, social compliance rating group Free2Work, the United Way, and others. We are members of the Fair Labor Association, Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Sustainability Consortium, Corporate Eco Forum, and Cotton Leads.
We lead by example and learn from others. To date, we have made significant progress across a range of corporate social responsibility issues, but there is always room for improvement when you set the bar high. We pride ourselves on listening to others outside our company and reacting quickly and responsibly if issue emerge. We hope to continue to make a positive and lasting contribution to our world in the years to come.
Whether it is reducing environmental impact, engaging with employees, or helping communities and people, Hanes for Good is doing the right thing for all of us.
Stephen B. Bratspies
Chief Executive Officer