Gap Inc., the American specialty apparel company with sales of US $ 13.8 billion, has released its 2020 sustainability report which reflects the efforts that the company and each of its brands have made in 2020 towards sustainability and creating a more inclusive and fairer workplace and world for everyone touched by the business.
The report highlights that its business is driven by women – they are the majority of customers, leaders, employees and apparel supply chain workers – and the company is making industry leading investments to help ensure they are empowered to reach their full potential.
In 2020, company’s Personal Advancement & Career Enhancement (P.A.C.E.) programme reached more than 8,04000 women and girls, and is on track to meeting the goal of reaching 1 million women and girls by 2022.
This programme provides women with foundational life skills, technical training and support to advance at work and in their lives.
Creating sustainable economies and a culture of equality and belonging means Gap Inc. uses its assets and scale to enable access to opportunity. Through Old Navy’s outreach programme, This Way ONward, the company helps fuel the next generation of leaders with the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the workplace.
Since 2007, the programme has created a valuable pipeline of diverse talent. Tasked with providing 20,000 job opportunities to underserved youth by 2025, Old Navy is already halfway to their commitment with nearly 10,000 graduates of the programme.
The company has 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 and ensure healthy communities for generations to come.
Additionally, the company is on track to meet its goal of sourcing 100 per cent renewable energy by 2030 for globally owned and operated facilities.
The company is committed to source 100 per cent more sustainable cotton by 2025. In 2020, the company joined Textile Exchange’s 2025 Sustainable Cotton Challenge and became the first company to sign up to the new US Cotton Trust Protocol.
Sally Gilligan, Chief Growth Transformation Officer, Gap Inc. said, “At Gap Inc., we are committed to growing our business by enabling safe, fair working conditions for the people who make our products, enabling access and opportunity across our business and addressing environmental impact across our value chain.”