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EthicalTees | Blog

 Delivering your ethically produced printed T-Shirts and Hoodies all over the UK.


Gildan’s business and ethics.

You may not at first recognize the name – they are a staple of the promotional products industry – but you are certainly familiar with their products.  Take, for example, t-shirts. Gildan has captured 63% of the t-shirt market, with its closest competitor Hanes and Fruit of the Loom.

A leading supplier of active wear for the t shirt printing market in the U.S, Canada, and Europe, Gildan is also establishing a growing presence in the North American Uniform market. Headquartered in Montreal, Gildan has over 28,000 full-time employees around the world.    

Companies of that size sometimes shy away from social responsibility, but Gildan appears to embrace it.  From earthquake relief in Haiti to grants that reintegrate at risk youth into the workforce, Gildan is at the forefront of corporate citizenship.  And in April 2004, Gildan became the first manufacturer catering to the wholesale imprinted active wear market to obtain the Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 certification.

It simply means that every Gildan product is made completely within Gildan facilities. We control the complete process from raw fiber through to finished garments and operate some of the world's largest textile and apparel factories. Every one of our 30,000 employees is committed to delivering great products in every shipment.

In terms of CSR, being vertically integrated allows us to visualize potential areas of opportunities better than companies that do are not. We can ascertain if our combined processes are achieving the optimal balance of maximum output and minimum inputs, meaning fewer chemicals, energy, water, GHG's etc.  

It is just easier because the factories belong to us and we engineer them from the outset in the most efficient manner possible. The same applies to our labour practices. We know our labour codes are applied because we produce in our own factories. When brands use foreign sources they have to rely on audits that often occur infrequently. Our auditors and plant managers are on the scene 24/7.

Gildans continued expansion of environmental initiatives is currently yielding more impressive results. After successful implementation in our DR hub, we are completing and launching numerous BIOMASS boiler systems in Honduras. These systems burn agricultural waste to generate all the steam we require in our textile operations. We are also extending these boiler systems to provide energy to other systems in our facilities. These present saving annually of GHG and fossil fuel consumption beyond our expectations

Gildan is a vertically-integrated marketer and globally low-cost manufacturer of quality branded basic apparel.

Gildan® is the leading active wear brand in the screen print market in the U.S. and Canada. The brand is continuing to grow in Europe, Mexico and the Asia-Pacific region. The Company sells T-shirts, sport shirts and fleece as undecorated "blanks", which are subsequently decorated by screen printers with designs and logos. The Company is also one of the world's largest suppliers of branded and private label athletic, casual and dress socks sold to a broad spectrum of retailers in the U.S. Gildan markets its sock products under a diversified portfolio of company-owned brands, including Gold Toe®, PowerSox®,  SilverToe®, Auro®, All Pro®, GT®, and the Gildan® brand. The Company is also the exclusive U.S. sock licensee to the Under Armour® and New Balance® brands. In addition to socks, the Company is increasingly becoming a significant supplier of underwear and undecorated active wear products in the retail channel. Gildan owns and operates highly efficient, large-scale, environmentally and socially responsible facilities in Central America and the Caribbean Basin and has begun the development of a manufacturing hub in Bangladesh to support its planned growth in Asia and Europe.

Gildan's corporate head office is located in Montreal, Canada, and we have over 29,000 employees worldwide. Our shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange.

Child Labour:

We do not employ any person under the age of 18.

Forced Labour:

We do not make use of forced labour, whether in the form of prison labour, indentured labour, bonded labour or otherwise.


We pay the legal minimum wage or the prevailing industry wage, whichever is higher. We compensate all overtime hours worked with the legally mandated overtime hour premiums.


We comply with all provisions for legally mandated benefits.

Hours of Work/Overtime:

We comply with legally mandated regular and overtime work hour limitations. Work hours do not exceed 60 hours per week, including regular and overtime hours, or comply with legal limits if they are lower. We provide all employees with a minimum of one day off in seven. We inform employees in writing at the time of hiring if mandatory overtime is a condition of employment.

Health and Safety:

We take all necessary measures in order to provide a safe and healthy working environment for all employees and to prevent accidents or injuries arising out of or occurring in the course of work. We also take all necessary measures to ensure healthy and safe conditions in employee residential facilities, where applicable.


We comply with applicable country environmental regulations and laws.

Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining:

We recognize and respect the right of employees to Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining.

Harassment or Abuse:

Every employee shall be treated with respect and dignity. Physical, sexual, psychological or verbal harassment or abuse of any kind will not be tolerated.

Discipline and Termination:

Discipline and Termination procedures are standardized and include a series of warnings prior to suspension or dismissal. Disciplinary procedures do not include the use of punitive deductions or forced resignations.

Freedom of Movement:

When authorized, and under special circumstances (in an emergency or in a matter of personal urgency, death or illness of a family member), employees can leave the facility and are not penalized. Employees have free and reasonable access to drinking water and toilet facilities.

Grievance Procedures:

Employees are permitted to lodge grievances that are addressed in a systematic manner so as to protect employees’ privacy and protect them from reprisals.


Female employees are not asked about their pregnancy status nor are they required to be tested for pregnancy. We abide by all local and international laws regarding working conditions for pregnant workers, including but not limited to rest breaks and adequate seating.


We do not discriminate in hiring, wages, benefits, advancement, discipline or termination on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, disability, physical appearance, pregnancy, sexual orientation, nationality, union affiliation, political opinion or social or ethnic origin.

Documentation and Inspection:

We maintain on file such documentation as may be needed to demonstrate compliance with this CODE of CONDUCT, and shall make these documents available for GILDAN or its designated auditor(s) for inspection.

Gildan Interim Report 2010. PDF

Gildan Fair Labour Report. PDF