Gildan is a leading supplier of quality branded basic family apparel, including T-shirts, fleece and sport shirts. The Company distributes its products in printwear markets in the U.S. and Canada, where Gildan® is the industry-leading brand, and the Company is increasing its penetration in international printwear markets. The Company is also one of the largest suppliers of activewear. Gildan owns and operates vertically-integrated, large-scale manufacturing facilities which are primarily located in Central America and the Caribbean Basin to efficiently service the replenishment needs of its customers in the printwear and retail markets. Gildan has over 31,000 employees worldwide and is committed to industry-leading labor and environmentalpractices in all of its facilities.
Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 certification
In April 2004, Gildan became the first manufacturer catering to the wholesale imprinted activewear market in North America to obtain the Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 certificate.This internationally-recognized standard allows producers and consumers to objectively assess the presence of harmful substances in textiles and apparel products. The tests criteria currently include around 100 human-ecological and performance-related tests parameters. The testing also includes simulation tests, which take into accounts way by which harmful substances could be absorbed into the human body.Textile and apparel products may be certified according to the Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 only if all components meet the required criteria. Thus, testing covers raw materials, intermediate materials, and end products, including not only apparel fabrics, but also sewing threads, buttons, zippers, and other components and accessories.Fair Labor Association (FLA) Social Compliance Initiative (SCI)With the arrival of the FLA SCI in 2012, we decided to reassess our previous goal and base our social management system on the SCI Initiative. In 2011, we started to review our social compliance program to adopt a more completed management system approach, which we pursued in 2012 and will continue to develop in 2013 using the SCI methodology.