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HanesBrands releases environmental performance data

Hanes earned a B score for carbon emissions in the CDP’s 2016 report.

6th September 2017

Knitting Industry
 |  Winston-Salem, NC

Knitted Outerwear

Hanes earned a B score for carbon emissions in the CDP’s 2016 report. The company achieved the score for transparency, effectively managing emissions, implementing best practices and taking coordinated action on climate-change issues.

Building sustainable legacy

Hanes voluntarily discloses its environmental performance data to the CDP because the company and its employees are committed to building a sustainable legacy, according to Michael E. Faircloth, Hanes’ president and chief global supply chain officer and a finalist in Ethical Corporation’s Responsible Business Awards for the 2017 Sustainability Leader of the Year.

“HanesBrands has significantly reduced its energy use and carbon emissions since 2007,” said Faircloth. “By embracing environmental sustainability and the conservation of natural resources, Hanes and its 68,000 worldwide employees are creating value for our company, our investors, our consumers and our communities. We are focused on continuing to make significant strides in protecting the environment, and publicly reporting progress against our goals is an important part of that effort.”

Aggressive 2020 goals

The company, an eight-time winner of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star partner of the year/sustained excellence award, has aggressive 2020 goals to continue reducing its environmental footprint.

Hanes is committed to a 40% reduction in energy use and carbon emissions, 50% reduction in water use, sourcing renewable energy for 40% of the company’s needs, and achieving zero waste by diverting company-owned supply chain waste from landfills.

The company reports progress against its environmental performance goals on an annual basis. Compared with its 2007 baseline, in 2016 the company 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 pounds – of waste from its company-owned supply chain from landfills.

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