The world’s largest manufacturer of basic apparel is an industry
leader in environmental responsibility and international business leader
in energy management and is making significant progress against
aggressive 2020 sustainability goals.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–HanesBrands is on a mission to become the apparel industry’s leader in
environmental stewardship and social responsibility. The company’s
progress has earned a ninth consecutive U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency Energy Star Partner of the Year award for sustained excellence in
energy conservation, carbon emissions reduction and environmental
Hanes – unique in the apparel industry because it owns the significant
majority of its manufacturing and supply chain operations – is being
recognized by the Energy Star program for its 2017 accomplishments,
Lowering year-over-year energy use per pound of production by 6
percent, saving the company more than $4 million. Since 2007, the
company has reduced energy intensity by nearly 21 percent and
delivered a total cost avoidance of more than $200 million.
Implementing numerous environmental stewardship initiatives, including
the startup of a combined heat-and-power biomass plant in El Salvador
and pilot projects utilizing new technology to reduce energy-intense
water use by 50 percent and energy use by 500 million BTU each year.
Encouraging employee engagement in the company’s energy management
culture through programs such as treasure hunts. Hanes’ most recent
treasure hunt, which was held at the company’s Dos Rios fabric
manufacturing plant in the Dominican Republic, generated nearly 125
employee-led energy reduction ideas for power, steam, compressed air
and water use with a potential savings of nearly $1 million.
Partnering with numerous universities, such as Wake Forest University,
Appalachian State University, North Carolina State University and the
University of Tennessee – Knoxville, to educate the next generation of
business leaders about the importance of integrating environmental
stewardship in business strategy.
“HanesBrands is incredibly honored to earn our ninth consecutive Energy
Star Partner of the Year award and will accept it on behalf of our
approximately 70,000 worldwide employees who are committed to energy
management and environmental responsibility,” said Javier Chacon, chief
global manufacturing officer for HanesBrands. “Thanks to our employees’
steadfast commitment, Hanes is the only apparel company to be honored
for sustained excellence by the EPA Energy Star program in its 26-year
history and continues to demonstrate that companies from all industries
can make a difference in energy conservation, carbon emissions reduction
and environmental sustainability.”
Hanes recently released the company’s 2017
environmental performance data on energy use, carbon dioxide
emissions, water use, renewable energy and landfill diversion.
Across every category, the company posted strong results compared to the
year prior. Versus 2016, Hanes reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by
15 percent, energy use by 6 percent and water use by 7 percent, while
increasing its use of renewable energy by 7 percent. Additionally, Hanes
again diverted 84 percent of its supply chain waste from landfills.
Chacon and a cross-functional team from Hanes will attend the April 20
Energy Star banquet in Washington, D.C., to accept the award and
participate in collaborative meetings to share best practices with other
companies that have earned Energy Star recognition, including Allergan,
The Boeing Company, Colgate-Palmolive Company, General Motors Company
Energy Star was introduced by the EPA in 1992 as a voluntary,
market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through
increased efficiency. The annual Energy Star Partner of the Year award
honors organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protect
the environment through best practices and organization-wide energy
For more information on Hanes’ award-winning environmental, social and
workplace accomplishments, visit Hanes
For more information about the U.S. EPA Energy Star program, visit energystar.gov.
HanesBrands is a socially responsible leading marketer of everyday basic
innerwear and activewear apparel in the Americas, Europe, Australia and
Asia-Pacific. The company markets T-shirts, bras, panties, shapewear,
underwear, socks, hosiery, and activewear under some of the world’s
strongest apparel brands, including Hanes, Champion, Maidenform,
DIM, Bali, Playtex, Bonds, JMS/Just My Size, Nur
Die/Nur Der, L’eggs, Lovable, Wonderbra, Berlei,
Alternative, Bras N Things and Gear for Sports. More
information about the company and its award-winning corporate social
responsibility initiatives may be found at www.Hanes.com/corporate.
Connect with HanesBrands via social media on Twitter (@HanesBrands)
and Facebook (www.facebook.com/hanesbrandsinc).
Matt Hall, 336-519-3386