HanesBrands Outperforms Apparel Peers on Carbon Emissions

HanesBrands has voluntarily disclosed its carbon emissions and related information for the CDP 2016 Climate Change Report and earned an above-average score of B.

Hanes has voluntary reported its emissions data since 2010 to CDP, formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project, for its report.

The company posted better performance in the 2016 report than the apparel industry average and overall program average in all CDP reporting categories: governance and strategy, risk and opportunity management, emissions management and verification.

Hanes, unique in the apparel industry because it owns the significant majority of its manufacturing and supply chain operations, achieved its CDP score for its transparency and by managing emissions, implementing best practices and taking coordinated action on climate-change issues.

"Hanes' B score demonstrates the significant strides our company, with the support and engagement of our 70,000 worldwide employees, has made in becoming an international business leader in energy management," Hanes CEO Gerald W. Evans Jr. said. "By embracing environmental sustainability and the conservation of natural resources, Hanes is creating value for our company, our investors, our consumers, our employees and our communities. We are proud of our score and look forward to making further progress."

Hanes has won the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star partner of the year/sustained excellence award for an unparalleled seven consecutive years. The company, which ranks No. 172 on Newsweek Magazine's 2016 list of top U.S. green companies, has achieved significant reductions of its environmental footprint and has established even more ambitious goals for 2020. Since 2007, the company has:
  • Reduced energy consumption by 25 percent, carbon emissions by 21 percent, and water use by 31 percent, and established renewable energy sources for 25 percent of its worldwide energy needs. The benefits of the company's reduced carbon footprint are equivalent to those provided by more than 2 million tree seedlings grown for 10 years.
  • Set 2020 goals of 40 percent reduction in energy use and carbon emissions, 50 percent reduction in water use, and sourcing renewable energy for 40 percent of the company's needs.
  • Earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification from the U.S. Green Business Council for numerous facilities, including headquarters, manufacturing, distribution and store buildings in four countries. More than 15 percent of Hanes' 20 million square feet of worldwide manufacturing, distribution and office space is LEED certified.