provided to employees throughout our operations
training information on Gildan’s Restricted Substances Code of Practice
parameters conducted for Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification
The Company developed its Environmental Code of Practice in 2003, which was updated in 2017 to our Restricted Substances Code of Practice (RSCP). Since then the Code has been integrated into all our company-owned operations. Our RSCP lists the allowable materials that can be used in our manufacturing processes, ensuring that these materials do not contain substances that are harmful to humans or the environment. The Company’s procurement process requires that all raw material suppliers and third party contractors submit MSDS forms for materials purchased and are also required to adhere to the stringent standards set forth by our Restricted Substances Code of Practice.
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:
Gildan® and Anvil® branded product that we manufacture 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.
Our Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 certification is supported by robust operational quality assurance measures and is consistent with the Company’s own rigorous RSCP. This certification shows our commitment towards protecting the health of our consumers and employees as well as utilizing environmentally responsible manufacturing processes.