Gap acts for inclusion, sustainability
Among the highlights of Gap Inc.’s 2020 Global Sustainability Report are efforts to advance women’s careers and create a more sustainable supply chain.
The report documents the efforts the company and each of its brands made in 2020 towards sustainability and creating a more inclusive and fairer workplace. The company has aligned its environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy on the following pillars, with each brand embracing work related to at least one pillar of the strategy.
Women’s empowerment and human rights
Through the company’s Personal Advancement and Career Improvement Program (PACE), Gap Inc. provides women with foundational skills, technical training and support to progress at work and in their lives. By 2020, PACE reached over 804,000 women and girls and is on track to meet the goal of reaching 1 million women and girls by 2022.
Old Navy’s outreach program, This Way ONward, has been tasked since 2007 with providing 20,000 job opportunities to underserved youth by 2025. Old Navy is already halfway through its commitment, with nearly than 10,000 graduates of the program.
Gap Inc. is committed to becoming carbon neutral and water positive by 2050, eliminating single-use plastics from its value chain and supporting a circular economy to protect natural resources. Additionally, the company is on track to meet its goal of 100% renewable energy sourcing by 2030 for facilities owned and operated around the world.
At the end of fiscal 2020, Gap Inc. claims to have helped improve access to water and sanitation for 650,000 people.
Other highlights of the report include:
- Gap is committed to sourcing 100% more sustainable cotton by 2025. In 2020, the company joined Textile Exchange’s 2025 Sustainable Cotton Challenge and became the first company to join the new US Cotton Trust Protocol. Each of Gap’s brands has expanded into more sustainable products and practices. Old Navy is on track to meet its goal of having 100 percent of its cotton from sustainable sources by 2022 and is committed to increasing its use of recycled cotton in the denim assortment.
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- In April, Old Navy added sustainability goals, including a goal to reduce plastic waste throughout the supply chain and phase out plastic shopping bags by 2023 in the United States, at Canada and Mexico. In addition, the brand is committed to converting 60% of its traditional polyester to recycled polyester by 2025.
- Ninety-one percent of Denim Gap in 2020 was part of the Washwell Water Saving Program which has saved Gap over 402 million gallons of water since 2016, enough to fill 804 million bottles water compared to conventional washing methods.
- At Banana Republic, more than 60% of the materials used in its spring 2020 collection are from sustainable sources.
- Athleta’s solar farm in North Carolina was commissioned earlier this year, which is expected to offset 100% of its operational footprint each year.
- Gap is currently working in partnership with other retailers as a signatory member of the Fashion Pact, to identify and pilot viable innovative alternatives to single-use plastic. The company is committed to eliminating single-use plastics by 2030.
“At Gap Inc., we are committed to growing our business by providing safe and fair working conditions for the people who make our products, enabling access and opportunity across our business, and combating the environmental impact on our entire value chain, ”said Sally Gilligan, Chief Growth Transformation Officer, Gap Inc.
The report covers Gap Inc.’s global operations for fiscal 2020, which ended January 30, 2021. For the full report, Click here.