CEO ENVIRONMENTAL STATEMENT
Hanesbrands has quietly become a leader in energy management and aspires to be an international apparel industry leader in overall environmental responsibility and stewardship. This effort is more than a commitment; it is a major business strategy for our success. Using sustainable practices and conserving natural resources to mitigate our environmental footprint and reduce costs is one of Hanesbrands' core efforts to create value for our company, our investors, our consumers, our employees and our communities. We have made significant progress in our efforts over the past few years, but we have the potential to achieve much more and are mobilizing to do so.
Our big brands and large-scale global supply chain -- primarily plants that we own -- not only give us a competitive advantage in business, they also allow us to make meaningful contributions to environmental stewardship faster than many of our peers. We're doing our share to address global climate change and can do so effectively because, unlike many other apparel companies, we produce the significant majority of our products in plants that we own and operate. We are systematically assessing our impacts on the environment and have identified a broad set of areas to address. In addition to energy and carbon management, we recognize the importance of managing the other impacts of our operations, notably water use, wastewater, solid waste, raw materials, chemical use, and product packaging.
In 2007, our first year as an independent company, we set five-year goals to significantly reduce energy use, carbon emissions and water use. Our commitments include:
- Reducing carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) by 15 percent per product produced through increased efficiency and increased use of renewable energy sources. To date, we have reduced these emissions by 12 percent.
- Increasing the percentage of our total annual energy use from renewable energy sources to 30 percent. In 2009, 25 percent of our energy came from renewable sources, and our monthly run rate is now 30 percent.
- Reducing water use by 10 percent per product produced. We have already surpassed this goal, achieving an 18 percent reduction, and we are in the process of setting a new goal.
We manage a comprehensive corporate global energy program that minimizes energy consumption and continually reduces carbon emissions, while also reducing our operating costs. Use of lower-emission renewable energy and our energy efficiency efforts have substantially reduced our carbon footprint. This progress has not gone unrecognized; we're proud that in 2010 we were named an Energy Star Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Beyond energy, we're also committed to being a responsible manufacturer in other ways, such as creating comprehensive recycling programs, building state-of-the-art wastewater treatment systems, and using a sophisticated chemical management system that closely monitors every substance used in the production process. We're also continually seeking ways to reduce the environmental impact of our raw materials, products and packaging. Specifically, we are continuing to research how we can further mitigate the environmental impact of cotton, which accounts for more than 90 percent of our fabric raw material inputs.
I encourage you to visit our environmental web site to see our many accomplishments so far. We don't have all the answers. In some cases, we don't even know all the questions yet. What we do know is that consumers trust our brands and we are proud of our commitment to environmental responsibility and the progress we've made in recent years. Going forward, we will save more energy, use less material, and reduce our greenhouse-gas footprint even further. We will continue to optimize our environmental policies and strategies to lessen our environmental impact, and we hope you will join us in these efforts.Richard A. Noll
Chairman and CEO, Hanesbrands Inc.
March 17, 2010
- In 2009, approximately 25 percent of the energy we used came from clean, renewable sources. By the end of 2009, our monthly rate reached 30 percent for the first time.
- Since 2007, our energy efficiency programs have reduced the amount of energy we use to make our products by 11 percent.
- In 2010, we were named an U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star Partner of the Year.
- We have three U.S. Green Building Council LEED-certified operations – including our 1.3-million-square-foot distribution center in Perris, California – and are pursuing certification on four more. In total, 20 percent of our worldwide square footage for manufacturing, assembly, distribution, office and retail facilities, is on track to be LEED-certified.
- In 2009, our CO2 emissions from our transportation and logistics operations fell by 41 percent.
- We have reduced our water use per product by nearly 18 percent since 2007.
- Our EcoSmart® polyester fiber is made from recycled plastic bottles, and our EcoSmart® cotton yarn contained in some of our socks is made directly from textile cutting waste.