San Francisco – August 22, 2011 – Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today released its fifth Social and Environmental Responsibility report, a comprehensive update on its supply chain operations, environmental programs and community investment efforts from 2009 to 2010.
“Gap Inc. takes seriously the importance of being a responsible company,” Gap Inc. Chairman and CEO Glenn Murphy said. “To achieve lasting change, we need all apparel brands to commit to making ongoing improvements in the lives of garment workers and to the environment,” Murphy added.
Reducing the environmental impact of the company’s operations remains a top priority in the years ahead. Gap Inc. reported that 100 percent of its branded denim is made in compliance with the company’s Water Quality System, ensuring the wastewater from the laundries is properly treated before being discharged.
In this report, the company also committed to reducing the absolute greenhouse gas emissions from its operations in the United States by 20 percent by 2015, when compared to 2008 levels.
Another program highlighted in the report – Gap Inc.’s PACE program (Personal Advancement and Career Enhancement) – has helped more than 5,000 female factory workers gain life and work skills education, that benefit them both at home and at work. This award-winning, proprietary program is now in place in Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. The program will be expanded to Bangladesh later this year.
Accomplishments detailed in the 160-page, biennial report:
source : Gapinc.com