Animal Welfare Policy: We are committed
to thehumane treatment of animals. Our animal welfare policy prohibits the use of fur, angora, and
mohair, as well as practices including live plucking and mulesing. For more details, visit
LENZING™ ECOVERO™: LENZING™ECOVERO™ is a
wood-based fiber produced using pulp derived from responsibly managed forests and
with significantly lower emissions and less water than generic viscose.
Organic Cotton: Organic cotton is better
for people and the environment because it's grown without the use of harmful synthetic
pesticides and fertilizers.
Organic Farming: Organic farming aims to
create stable ecosystems by rotating crops, utilizing well-adapted seeds, maintaining
healthy soil, and applying organic fertilizers and manures instead of chemicals.
Preferred Fibers Toolkit: Our toolkit
includes an evaluation of raw material choices that builds upon data inputs from the
Sustainable Apparel Coalition's (SAC) Higg Materials Sustainability Index. It also
incorporates other holistic indicators to consider environmental and social considerations.
Building on the toolkit, Gap Inc. and Textile Exchange are proud to announce the public
release of the Preferred Fiber and Material Matrix, a resource for sourcing and design teams
to inform companies on meeting their sustainability goals.
Recycled: Using recycled materials help
us minimize our impact on the planet. Compared to virgin materials, recycled materials help
keep waste out of landfills while also reducing carbon emissions.
Responsible Down Standard (RDS): RDS aims
to ensure that down and feathers come from animals that have not been subjected to any
Verified American-Grown Cotton: As
members of the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, we participate in a program for U.S.-grown cotton
that supports best practices and continuous improvement in key areas, including soil health,
water management, and Greenhouse Gas Emissions. The Trust Protocol uses verified data to
drive impact and brands participate through the Mass Balance System.
Wood-Derived Fabric Policy: Our
wood-derived fabric policy, which we developed in partnership with CanopyStyle, Canopy's
sustainable fashion and forestry initiative, to ensure our suppliers do not use wood from
ancient, endangered, high-conservation or high carbon–value forest areas to make
cellulose-based textiles, including rayon, modal, viscose, and lyocell.
Washwell:Developed in 2016, our Washwell
program uses at least 20% less water compared to conventional garment-wash methods.
Water-Quality Program: Developed in 2003,
the Gap Inc. Water-Quality Program aims to ensure our jeans are made in a way that protects
local waterways and minimizes impact on the planet.
Women + Water Program: Our Women + Water
strategy focuses on the intersection between our industry's significant use of water and the
human right to clean, safe water, and targets three key areas: partnering with fabric mills
and laundries to reduce manufacturing impacts; building awareness and educating the women
who make our clothes about safe water-handling practices, and by increasing their access to
safe water; and adopting more water-efficient product design and sourcing practices. Learn
more at gapincsustainability.com/environment/creating-solutions-women-water
Restricted Substance List (RSL): Our
Restricted Substances List prohibits suppliers from using certain chemicals that are harmful
to people and the planet. In addition to protecting customers, our policies were put in
place to address environmental pollution and protect garment workers from exposure to
Zero Discharge Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC)
As a ZDHC Signatory Brand, we require our suppliers to follow the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero
Programme, which includes registering with the ZDHC Gateway, maintaining a chemical
inventory list, and using input chemicals that comply with ZDHC's guidelines. We joined
ZDHC's Roadmap to Zero commitment in 2014 to work toward the elimination of hazardous
chemicals in our supply chain. We integrated ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme tools and
resources, such as the Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) and Wastewater
Guidelines, into our Mill Sustainability Program. Since 2018, we have required our strategic
mills to test their wastewater twice a year and publish the results through the ZDHC
Gateway. Learn more at roadmaptozero.com/input#Gateway-Chemical-Module.
SUPPORT FOR WORKERS
partnership with our suppliers, we developed a suite of programs that aim to develop
facilities' capabilities for worker representation and leadership involvement.
Workplace Cooperation Program (WCP): We
believe that improving dialogue and relations between workers and management can help
prevent labor disputes, resolve problems, give greater voice to workers, and improve
productivity and competitiveness. Our Workplace Cooperation Program (WCP) sets up committees
that comprise of both workers and management representatives who are trained to work
together to help address workplace issues, from overtime and worker well-being to washroom
sanitation and better quality of food in the canteen.
Supervisory Skills Training: We launched
the Supervisory Skills Training (SST) program to reach mid-level managers and provide them
with the skills to improve communication with workers. SST gives supervisors and middle
managers a deeper understanding of important leadership and supervisory concepts.
Participants are trained to avoid a passive or authoritarian style of leadership, and to
strike a fair balance between the interests of the company and the interests of staff.
Prevention of Sexual Harassment: Gap
Inc.'s Supplier Sustainability team works with our suppliers to help build an environment
where they clearly define and implement policies for Prevention of Sexual Harassment (POSH)
and create an Internal Complaints Committee to address issues of discrimination and
harassment. We aim to help our suppliers raise awareness about this issue and the rights and
responsibilities of male and female employees, including managers.
Gap Inc. Code of Vendor Conduct: Since
launching our Supplier Sustainability program in 1994, we transformed our approach to
improving facility working conditions by developing innovative, holistic programs that
leverage assessments (audits) and remediation of our supply chain to ensure compliance to
our Code of Vendor Conduct. We believe that by working together, we can achieve our
commitments to improve workers' well-being, protect human rights, reduce environmental
impacts, and improve business performance.
Mill Sustainability Program: Our Mill
Sustainability Program focuses on driving transparency and innovation while reducing
compliance risks and contributing to our corporate sustainability goals. By leveraging
partnerships, we can analyze and improve the environmental performance of our supply chain.
Our suppliers' involvement is key to our ability to calculate our energy, Greenhouse Gas,
and water baselines, which support progress toward our new science-based target for our
Scope 3 GHG emissions and help us build a more water-resilient supply chain. The program
also helps drive improvements in social performance at mills. Learn more at
Personal Advancement & Career Enhancement Program
(P.A.C.E.): P.A.C.E. is Gap Inc.'s educational program that helps the women
who make our clothes build the skills, knowledge, confidence, and resilience needed to
advance in work and life. Learn more at gap.com/pace. We continue to share our program
curriculum with other retailers via Empower@work.
Circularity: Materials are valuable, and
one of the best things we can do is keep those materials in use for as long as possible and
help ensure they never become waste. Joining the circular economy means shifting our
thinking about design, how we wear and care for products, and where products eventually go,
so that they can get reused and recycled. To do so, we are building programs to address
product end of life and create circular design systems that reduce waste and increase
recycling, upcycling, and reuse.
ReGap: ReGap is our way of saying, "Share
the good." We obsess over every stitch and detail, so each Gap piece has the quality to hold
up — and pass along. From big kid to little kid, mom to daughter, friend to friend.
Single Use Plastic: We set a goal to
eliminate single-use plastics in our operations by 2030. We aim to achieve this goal through
a combination of methods — eliminating packaging where possible, reducing thickness to
reduce the overall amount of plastic used, converting to recycled plastic and/or
biodegradable materials where possible.
Upcycling:When materials are re-used in a
way that adds value to the product, we call that upcycling. The opposite of upcycling is
downcycling — still a form of recycling, but one where the new product has less value than
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