People around the world know HanesBrands as a leading apparel marketer with iconic brands – including Hanes, Champion, Maidenform, DIM, Bali, Playtex, Bonds, JMS/Just My Size, Nur Die/Nur Der, L’eggs, Lovable, Wonderbra, Berlei, Alternative, Bras N Things and Gear for Sports. Likely less known is that HanesBrands has quietly become an industry leader in environmental responsibility and stewardship and an international business leader in energy management. By embracing sustainability and the conservation of natural resources, Hanes is creating value for the company, as well as its investors, consumers, employees and communities.
ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP IS GOOD BUSINESS
HanesBrands is committed to the responsible management of energy, carbon emissions, water, wastewater, chemicals, solid waste and recycled materials in all of our facilities worldwide, and we report our progress annually. The company is also committed to increase its use of energy from renewable sources, such as biomass, hydro and geothermal, to avoid energy created by burning coal and oil.
Hanes complies with, and in many cases exceeds, all environmental laws and regulations. The company implemented an industry-leading chemical management program in 1991 and developed a comprehensive environmental auditing protocol for its facilities in 1994.
The company also considers engagement with nongovernmental organizations to be a critical part of our sustainability and corporate social responsibility efforts. Hanes is a founding member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, which was the first leading apparel manufacturer to join The Sustainability Consortium and is one of only four apparel companies to become a member of the Corporate Eco Forum.
REDUCING ENERGY USE AND CARBON EMISSIONS
HanesBrands successfully met its significant five-year goals energy-reduction, carbon-emissions and renewable-energy in 2012, and set even more ambitious goals for 2020. To date, the reduction in our carbon footprint is the equivalent of eliminating almost 320 million miles driven by an average passenger vehicle.
The U.S. EPA Energy Star program has recognized Hanes’ energy-management achievements for 10 consecutive years. The company has earned Partner of the Year or Sustained Excellence awards each year from 2010 through 2019.
TREATING WATER AS A PRECIOUS RESOURCE
Water conservation and wastewater treatment are important aspects of HanesBrands’ commitment to environmental stewardship and mitigation of long-term business risks related to water.
The company has significantly reduced its total water used per manufactured pound of apparel. In 2018, for example, the company saved the equivalent of 1,777 Olympic-sized swimming pools of water.
The company also regularly assesses its potential water risk using tools developed by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).
Additionally, all of our textile-manufacturing facilities have wastewater-treatment systems that adhere to or exceed leading global wastewater-management practices.
MINIMIZING IMPACTS OF RAW MATERIALS, PRODUCTS AND WASTE
Reducing environmental impact by carefully managing raw materials and recycling waste is critically important given the scale of our operations.
HanesBrands strives to expand its use of sustainable materials in its products, including cotton yarns made from spinning technologies that require less energy to manufacture, recycled cotton fibers derived from cut fabric waste, and recycled polyester filament yarns and fibers, both from plastic bottles. The company has more than a decade of experience in using recycled PET in its products and, during this time, has fine-tuned manufacturing processes to incorporate recycled fibers without impact to quality. Recycled polyester is used in all of the company’s fleece products and in cotton-polyester EcoSmart T-shirts sold to screen printers. Annually, Hanes brand products contain 6 million pounds of recycled materials.
In 2018, Hanes achieved a landfill diversion rate of 86%, recycling more than 107 million pounds of fabric-cut parts, corrugate, plastic and other materials. By monetizing its dynamic recycling program, along with cost savings from energy reductions, the company created Green for Good – a unique philanthropic effort that takes environmentalism to the next level by combining it with community improvement and volunteerism. Since the program’s inception, more than 12,000 employees have donated 455,000 hours to complete more than 110 projects supported by $2.5 million in company funding. Projects have included school and hospital refurbishments, medical clinics, clean water projects, tree plantings and beach cleanups, among others.