In a short amount of time, the COVID-19 global pandemic has disrupted business operations in an unprecedented way and as we close out 2020, proving that operations will likely never be the same. From managing interruptions in the supply chain to rapid changes in the workforce, global business has risen to meet the challenges of the dynamic COVID-19 environment. Employee health and safety has been a primary focus throughout the pandemic. Because of this, some of the more routine environmental, health, and safety (EHS) compliance programs and procedures can be overlooked.
While most office-workers have been working from home for much of this year, there is a slow but growing trend towards opening office spaces for limited numbers of employees to gather and collaborate. Employers recognize the value of in-person meetings for building stronger teams and sparking innovation. Of course, going into the office during a pandemic is quite different. We now know that COVID-19 spreads through respiratory droplets and aerosols that are produced through talking and breathing.
Gildan recently announced the release of its 2019 ESG report, highlighting the progress made by the Company towards fulfilling their vision of Making Apparel Better®. An essential part of achieving this vision rests on Gildan’s Genuine Responsibility® program, which has been designed around three core pillars. Today, Gildan focuses on the first pillar, Caring for Our People, as the Company looks back on some of its 2019 highlights.
Gildan has re-opened two sewing facilities in Nicaragua to respond to increased demand in mask production
In April, Gildan announced that the Company had partially re-opened some of its textile and sewing factories in Honduras to produce non-medical face masks and isolation gowns in support of the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Company adapted its operations to manufacture the new products and mobilized a team of experts to develop and implement stringent processes to protect employees who had chosen to come back to work on this effort. But since then, the demand for masks has continued to grow.
MONTREAL, April 8, 2020 /3BL Media/- Gildan Activewear Inc. (GIL: TSX and NYSE) today announced that it has joined forces with various business partners to leverage its manufacturing facilities to produce non-medical face masks and isolation gowns in support of the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
For World Cancer Day, Gildan shares impactful project on cervical cancer prevention launched in Honduras
In light of World Cancer Day, an international day to raise awareness of cancer and encourage its prevention, Gildan looks back at a meaningful partnership with The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC) and the League Against Cancer Honduras on a cancer prevention project in three of their sewing facilities.
Gildan shares the audit process that ensures the consistent application of social standards across their entire supply chain
Social compliance audits are an integral step in ensuring employees’ safety and improving working conditions in the clothing industry. They serve as tools to determine a factory’s compliance with international labor standards across various topics, including child labor, forced labor, health and safety, freedom of association and collective bargaining, discrimination, working hours, remuneration and management systems.
Antea Group’s Alanna Garrison is highly accomplished professionally and a true inspiration in her personal life. We let her tell us her secrets to success as a health and safety practitioner, and what she finds rewarding and surprising about her job.
Read about this cancer-survivor, mom, runner, former dancer, and health and safety project manager from New Jersey in our monthly spotlight.