Gildan

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Safe chemistry

Our commitment

2019 highlights

Restricted substances code of practice

Our Restricted Substances Code of Practice (RSCP), revised in 2017 and continuously updated and aligned with industry leading standards, has been integrated into all of our operations, including third-party manufacturing contractors and raw material suppliers, so that we can be sure that no hazardous substances are used in the manufacturing of our products at any point in the supply chain.

The Restricted Substance list is continuously aligned with external guidelines such as the CPSIA, REACH (SVHC list) Washington State and Proposition 65; industry practices such as Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 and customer’s Restricted Substances Lists; chemicals highlighted by NGOs and Textile Sector initiatives such as SIN List and ZDHC. The list also includes other known harmful chemicals (but not legally regulated) as well as substances with possible relevance of health concerns. Our Substances List (pdf) is included for easy reference.

The RSCP has the following benefits:

  • It offers our customers products that are clean and safe for their use
  • It ensures a safe working environment for our employees
  • It minimizes our environmental impact
Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 certification

Gildan®, Comfort Colors®, Alstyle® and Anvil® by Gildan® branded products are certified by the internationally-recognized Oeko-Tex® Standard 100, which allows producers and consumers to objectively assess the presence of harmful substances in textiles and apparel products based on approximately 100 human-ecological and performance-related test parameters.

Achieving the Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 involves meeting strict standards including the absence of restricted chemicals and subjecting the supply to an annual independent validation through an accredited laboratory testing of raw materials and finished products. Insofar as our infant apparel, we are certified by the even more stringent Oeko-Tex 100 Product Class I certification. These certifications are demonstrative of our commitment to protecting the health of our consumers and employees as well as to using environmentally responsible manufacturing processes.