The company scores 4 out of 100 points in this ranking – showing no significant performance on more sustainable cotton, and has therefore not yet started.
The company is aware of potential negative environmental impacts of cotton cultivation and states its intention to achieve more sustainable cotton sourcing. Hanesbrands is however not part of any collaborative initiative to achieve more sustainable cotton. Policies to address environmental and social issues are lacking, and the company does not report on these topics. The company does not have a time-bound target to source cotton sustainably. The company does have a policy on recycling of cotton products. It uses recycled yarn as a substitute for the cotton content in its black socks. Cotton fabric waste that cannot be used for recycled yarn is sent to other companies where it is re-used it for other purposes.
The company does not publish any information about volumes of more sustainable cotton sourced, either in percentage or absolute terms.
The company publishes no information on the absolute volume of cotton used. The company states that nearly all cotton comes from the United States without specifying which percentage. The company provides no detailed information on finished product, fabric, or yarn manufacturers. It does publish a list of company-owned facilities and some strategic contractors but it is not clear what percentage of manufacturers is covered.