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HanesBrands Makes Significant Strides Toward 2020 Environmental Goals

HanesBrands reports achievements in water use, carbon dioxide emissions, energy use, renewable energy use and landfill diversion; on track to meet 2020 benchmarks

Published 03-29-18

Submitted by HanesBrands

HanesBrands (NYSE: HBI), a socially responsible, leading marketer of everyday basic innerwear and activewear apparel under world-class brands in the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific, today released the company’s 2017 environmental performance.

Across every category, the company posted strong results compared to the year prior. Versus 2016, Hanes reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by 15 percent, energy use by 6 percent and water use by 7 percent, while increasing its use of renewable energy by 7 percent. Additionally, Hanes – unique in the apparel industry because it owns the significant majority of its manufacturing and supply chain operations – again diverted 84 percent of its supply chain waste from landfills.

This performance puts Hanes on track to meet 2020 environmental sustainability goals. When compared to its 2007 baseline, the company has committed to reducing:

  • Carbon emissions by 40 percent (28 percent in 2017);
  • Energy use by 40 percent (28 percent); and,
  • Water use by 50 percent (30 percent).

Hanes has also pledged to secure at least 40 percent of its energy from renewable sources (33 percent in 2017) and achieve zero waste by diverting company-owned supply chain waste from landfills (84 percent).

“These across-the-board improvements indicate our strong commitment to create a more efficient and energy-conscious organization for both the areas where we do business and the larger worldwide community,” said Michael E. Faircloth, group president, global supply chain, information technology and e-commerce for HanesBrands. “We have taken great strides toward our 2020 goals, and we intend to continue pushing to fulfill our promise to create a more environmentally friendly company.”

Faircloth was named a finalist in Ethical Corporation’s Responsible Business Awards for the 2017 Sustainability Leader of the Year, and the company’s Energy Treasure Hunts program was also recognized by the organization for Employee Engagement of the Year. For eight consecutive years, Hanes has won the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star Sustained Excellence/Partner of the Year award – the only apparel company to earn Sustained Excellence honors. The company ranks No. 194 on Newsweek magazine's green list of 500 largest U.S. companies for environmental achievement.

For more information on HanesBrands’ award-winning environmental sustainability efforts, visit

Matt Hall: (336) 519-3386
Carole Crosslin: (336) 519-3201

HanesBrands is a socially responsible leading marketer of everyday basic innerwear and activewear apparel in the Americas, Europe, Australia and Asia-Pacific. The company markets T-shirts, bras, panties, shapewear, underwear, socks, hosiery, and activewear under some of the world’s strongest apparel brands, including HanesChampionMaidenformDIM, BaliPlaytex, Bonds, JMS/Just My Size, Nur Die/Nur Der, L’eggsLovableWonderbra, Berlei, Alternative, Bras N Things and Gear for Sports. More information about the company and its award-winning corporate social responsibility initiatives may be found at Connect with HanesBrands via social media on Twitter (@HanesBrands) and Facebook.

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Hanesbrands Inc. is proud of its strong reputation for corporate social responsibility - conducting business around the world in a highly ethical and responsible manner. Our CSR commitments and efforts fall into two categories: 1) environmental responsibility, and 2)social responsibility, including being a responsible employer to our approximately 45,000 employees around the world.

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