With 11.5 out of 100 points Gildan is starting the journey. The company addresses issues in the cotton sector through its membership of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI).
The company addresses environmental and social issues in cotton cultivation through its BCI membership. The membership is only applicable to the Gildan Yarns Manufacturing division. The company does not source cotton originating from Uzbekistan. The company does not have a time-bound target to achieve sustainable cotton by a specific year. Nor has it specific policies in place to address issues such as the elimination of HPPs, reducing water use, or labour issues in cotton cultivation. Gildan has an Environmental Management System (EMS) in place that includes Biodiversity and Soil Use procedures specifying, for instance, that for every tree cut, ten are planted. The system does not, specifically address cotton cultivation.
The company does not specify what share of its cotton processed is considered more sustainable, but did share its 2017 forecast of planned sustainable cotton sourcing.
Gildan does not publish figures for absolute volume of all cotton lint used, but states that the majority of its cotton comes from the United States. It does publish a list of finished products and yarn manufacturers.