Apparel, Fashion, Retail

Gap Inc. Now Uses 98% Of Cotton From More Sustainable Sources

In its recently released 2023 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report, global apparel retailer Gap Inc said 98 percent of cotton utilised by the company was from more sustainable sources.

“While, 100 percent of cotton utilised by Gap brand and Athleta was from more sustainable sources,” the company said in a press release.

Other highlights from the report include that over 2.5 million people touched by the apparel industry have been empowered to improve their access to clean water and sanitation since 2017.

Over 19,600 youth have participated in Old Navy’s ‘This Way Onward’ program since 2007, which fuels the next generation of leaders with the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the workplace.

With 70 percent of alumni identifying as people of colour, the program now accounts for 4.3 percent of all Old Navy entry-level employees.

As of 2022, 58 percent of electricity used in company-operated facilities was from renewable sources.

The retailer which has iconic brands like Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic and Athleta has launched its Inclusive Leadership Coaching Series facilitated by a third-party expert.

This coaching will focus on building a sense of belonging. It also launched an Inclusive Hiring Training, which aims to actively mitigate bias and any form of discrimination in the recruitment process.

“When Don and Doris Fisher opened the first Gap store in 1969, they bridged the generation gap with clothing and experiences that spoke to an energetic new idealism,” Gap Inc CEO Richard Dickson said.

“Today, 55 years later, the people of Gap Inc. are still bridging gaps, inspired by our shared humanity, to create a better world,” he added.

In 2023, Newsweek named Gap Inc. first in retail on its list of ‘America’s Most Responsible Companies’ and was also included in the S&P Global Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the eleventh year in a row.

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