Gildan

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Cotton

Our commitment

2019 highlights

Cotton

Cotton is the primary fibre used in our products, representing more than two-thirds of our total fibre inputs. Our Company has selected to primarily purchase U.S. cotton because of its high quality and strong environmental sustainability and social responsibility practices. Sustainably grown and ethically-harvested U.S. cotton remains the optimal choice for our products.

Regulated as a food crop under strict U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines, cotton grown in the US represents the best combination of quality and value for our products. Under the guidance of the National Cotton Council, the USDA and various other organizations, US farmers have continuously reduced their environmental footprint by adopting a variety of conservation and targeted agricultural practices.

More than 65% of the cotton acreage where the Company’s cotton is grown is irrigated only using naturally occurring rainwater. Conservation agriculture practices and advanced soil monitoring systems have reduced soil erosion and residual impacts on the environment. GPS positioning and advanced delivery systems allow farmers to be more efficient while planting, fertilizing and harvesting, effectively allowing for a reduction in GHG emissions and environmental impacts on the land and neighbouring ecosystems.

US cotton farmers are required to adhere to strict US labour laws and Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) regulations which are likely the most stringent in the global cotton industry.

Our position on uzbekistan cotton

As a matter of principle, we require all our third-party yarn suppliers to confirm by means of a signed statement or binding contract that they do not use or procure any cotton fibre originating from Uzbekistan. In 2013, we determined that less than 5% of our total cotton supply was at risk of being supplied with fibre from Uzbekistan. As such, we believe that there is a low risk of cotton originating from these crops in any of our products.