HanesBrands, released its 2016 environmental performance data on energy use, carbon dioxide emissions, water use, renewable energy and landfill diversion.
Compared with its 2007 baseline, Hanesbrands reduced its energy use by 16%, carbon emissions by 16% and water use by 25%. Hanes also shifted 25% of the energy the company uses to renewable sources and diverted 84% – or £118 million – of waste from its company-owned supply chain from landfills.
The company’s brands include: Hanes, Champion, Maidenform, DIM, Bali, Playtex, Bonds, JMS/Just My Size, Nur Die/Nur Der, L’eggs, Lovable, Wonderbra, Berlei and Gear for Sports.
Hanes is committed to meeting its aggressive 2020 commitments to reduce energy use by 40%, carbon dioxide emissions by 40% and water use by 50%, along with securing at least 40% of its energy from renewable sources and diverting 100%of waste in its company-owned supply chain from landfills.
“We are proud of the culture of environmental responsibility that we’ve established at HanesBrands during the past decade. It unifies our 67,000 global employees, enables us to make progress during economically challenging years and creates a win-win-win for the environment we all share, our communities and our company.” Michael E. Faircloth, Hanes’ president and chief global supply chain and information technology officer.
Hanes reports energy and water use, along with carbon emissions, based on “intensity” – or per pound of apparel manufactured. Year-over-year comparisons for energy, water, and carbon emissions were less favorable, due to a strategic decision in 2016 to reduce inventories. Versus 2015, the company’s energy use was up 8%, water use up 8% and carbon emissions up 4%, due to less production volume to absorb fixed energy and water use. On an absolute basis, the total amount of energy and water used was down, with carbon emissions showing a slight uptick.
Hanes – unique in the apparel industry because it owns the significant majority of its manufacturing and supply chain operations – was recognized last year by multiple organizations for its environmental footprint reduction efforts. In 2016, this included:
Ranking No. 172 on Newsweek Magazine’s list of top U.S. green companies;
- Winning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Partner of the Year/Sustained Excellence award for the seventh consecutive year;
- Earning above-average scores for carbon emissions (B), water (A-), supply chain (B) and forest (B) in the CDP 2016 Climate Change Report;
- Receiving the CEO of the Year award from Corporate Social Responsibility Magazine for leadership in advancing industry-leading environmental and energy management practices; and,
- Earning a Responsible Business Award from Ethical Corporation for best employee engagement in its Green For Good philanthropic program, which mobilizes the company’s environmental commitment, employee volunteerism, and community improvement.
More information on Hanes’ award-winning environmental sustainability efforts on HanesForGood.
source: SGB Media