Recognition for environmental, social and employee responsibility

At HanesBrands, we’re privileged with the opportunity to leverage our large organization for the good of the environment, our employees, and our communities. We’re proud of what we’ve already accomplished and are excited to achieve new goals in the future. Take a look at the list below to see some of the recognition we’ve received so far.


Created by nonprofit advocacy group Not For Sale, Free2Work is an independent tool for grading consumer brands on their supply chains and labor practices. HanesBrands was one of only three apparel and shoe manufacturers to receive A grades out of 300 brands assessed in Free2Work’s comprehensive apparel industry trends report issued in 2012.

Free2Work’s research tool assesses the management of apparel supply chains based on policies, traceability and transparency, monitoring and training, and worker rights. The report may be viewed at

Free2Work also has assigned HanesBrands a grade of A- for its procurement of cotton. Hanes purchases nearly all of its cotton for worldwide apparel production from the southeastern United States where advanced farming practices and low- to no-irrigation practices make our cotton some of the most responsible and sustainable in the world.

Energy Star Awards

As a 2018 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Sustained Excellence Award winner, HanesBrands earned its ninth 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 26-year history.

Newsweek 2012 List of Greenest Companies

We’ve reduced our carbon emissions by 25 percent per manufactured pound by using more clean energy and being
more efficient.

We now use 21 percent less energy per manufactured pound produced than in 2007.

We’ve reduced our water usage by 33 percent per manufactured pound produced.

Thirty-four percent of our worldwide energy use comes from renewable sources, up from 29 percent in 2007.

We rank No. 2 among Textile, Apparel & Luxury Good companies in Newsweek’s 2012 list of the Greenest Companies in America.

As You Sow

As You Sow, an environmental and social corporate responsibility advocacy group, ranked HanesBrands as one of the best for social and ethical supply chain compliance programs. Only two other companies received higher grades than Hanes in the 2010 report titled Toward a Safe, Just Workplace: Apparel Supply Chain Compliance Programs. As You Sow gave A grades to Hanes for its code of conduct, auditing, remediation and transparency. The report may be accessed at

United Way

The United Way of Forsyth County honored HanesBrands in 2011 with the Decade of Excellence award for the company’s commitment to community volunteerism and financial support. Hanes and its employees had donated more than $23.5 million since 2006 and logged thousands of volunteer hours to benefit United Way agencies. The United Way of North Carolina awarded Hanes with its 2016 Spirit of North Carolina Award for campaign excellence, the eighth consecutive Spirit Award and 10th earned in the past 11 years by Hanes and its employees.


The Mexican Center for Philanthropy

CEMEFI, the Mexican Center for Philanthropy, awarded HanesBrands the Corporate Social Responsibility Best Practices Award for Latin America in the category of public/private partnership.

The award recognized Hanes and its partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development and nonprofit Glasswing International for community improvement projects, including rehabilitation of four public schools in El Salvador carried out by hundreds of Hanes employee volunteers.


In 2016, the Honduran Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility (FUNDAHRSE) awarded Hanes Honduras with its official CSR seal for the sixth consecutive year. The FUNDAHRSE seal recognizes our efforts in the seven key areas of corporate social responsibility: corporate governance, employee relations, environmental sustainability, responsible marketing, supplier standards, community relations, and public policy.

Puerto Rico Aqueducts

In 2012, our facility in Humacao, Puerto Rico, was recognized for the second consecutive year by the Puerto Rico Aqueducts and Sewer authority for excellence in wastewater treatment operations.

We construct state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plants around the world to meet or exceed wastewater standards of the United States and local countries, whichever is more stringent.


Medical Brigades Provide Care to Honduran Children

Together, Hanes and Wake Forest have provided
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HanesBrands Assists Victims of Hurricane Dorian

HanesBrands donated more than 225,000 pairs of
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HanesBrands Assists Victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

HanesBrands donated more than 2 million pieces of
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HanesBrands honored for CSR by two leading organizations

Two leading independent advocates of corporate
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