Gildan Activewear Inc.

Gildan apparel and GoldToe socks. Gildan Activewear Inc.'s compliance program is accredited by FLA.

From the Gildan Activewear Inc. website: A key element in demonstrating our commitment to being a socially responsible employer in all our geographical hubs is the successful implementation of our Social Compliance Program for labour practices and working conditions. This program is designed to ensure that, at a minimum, all facilities comply with our own strict internal Code of Conduct, local and international laws, and the codes to which we adhere, including those of Worldwide Responsible Apparel Production (WRAP) and Fair Labor Association (FLA). When external suppliers are being used, they must also adhere to these codes. This is, in fact, a condition for doing business with us.

Authored by Marsha Dickson, PhD How many young fashion designers graduate and take their first jobs having had the opportunity to visit an apparel factory? As a professor of fashion and apparel studies involved with several different design programs over the last two decades, my educated guess is that “virtually none” have had this experience. This number is even smaller when asked if the apparel factory is in one of the developing countries where over 95% of clothing sold in the United States is manufactured. Yet despite very limited exposure to the factory environment and the...

On February 8, 2011, the Collective of Honduran Women (Colectiva de Mujeres Hondureñas, CODEMUH) filed a Third Party Complaint with the Fair Labor Association (FLA) with respect to ergonomics at facilities in Honduras owned and operated by Gildan Activewear.

In June 2012, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) was notified of worker unrest at Star S.A. in El Progreso, Honduras. This unrest began on May 3, 2012, when the factory was acquired from Anvil Holdings by Gildan Activewear Inc. (“Gildan”), a FLA-affiliated company. To get a thorough understanding of the situation on the ground, the FLA commissioned COVERCO, an accredited independent NGO monitoring organization, to conduct an exploratory investigation to ascertain changes in workplace environment occurring during the ownership transition.

On January 10, 2011, FLA issued a report on a Third Party Complaint (3PC) from the SITRAGILDAN union, affiliated with the union federation FEDOTRAZONAS, at FLA affiliated company Gildan Activewear Inc.'s Gildan Activewear Dominican Republic factory (Dortex-Gildan). The 3PC alleged a range of noncompliances with the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct at the factory, in particular with the Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining elements. At Step 2 of the FLA 3PC procedure, Gildan elected to internally investigate the allegations raised in the complaint.

Gildan Activewear is a manufacturer of premium T-shirts, sport shirts and sweatshirts for sale in the wholesale imprinted sportswear market of the U.S., Canada, Europe and other international markets. Gildan plans to expand into the retail market, in addition to the screen-print market, and has recently expanded its product line to include underwear and socks as part of its strategy.

On January 16, 2007, FLA released a report on two separate Third Party Complaints (3PC) filed by workers at the Textile, Co., Inc. facility in the Dominican Republic, owned by FLA affiliate Gildan Activewear. The 3PCs alleged harassment, verbal abuse, and intimidation by specific managers at the factory. In response, Gildan followed up with the managers named in the complaint and enacted a remediation plan to address the complaints, including training in the Dominican Republic for its in-country leaders, supervisors, and coordinators on Leadership, Harassment, and Communication Skills.