WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--HanesBrands (NYSE: HBI) a leading marketer of everyday basic innerwear and activewear apparel under world-class brands in the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific, has earned its eighth consecutive U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star Partner of the Year award for sustained excellence in energy conservation, carbon emissions reduction and environmental sustainability.
Javier Chacon, chief global manufacturing operations officer, and a team from Hanes is attending today’s annual Energy Star awards 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 The Boeing Company, Colgate-Palmolive Company and 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 savings. Hanes is the only apparel company to be honored for sustained excellence by the program in its 25-year history.
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 2016 accomplishments, including:
- Integrating newly acquired facilities across multiple continents into the company’s energy-management program;
- Implementing more than 220 projects identified through energy treasure hunts, yielding nearly $2 million in energy savings; and,
- Developing long-range energy plans that identify strategic projects to achieve 2020 goals of reducing energy use by 40 percent, carbon dioxide emissions by 40 percent and water use by 50 percent, along with securing at least 40 percent of its energy from renewable sources. Hanes has also committed to diverting 100 percent of waste in its company-owned supply chain from landfills.
“HanesBrands is very honored to earn our eighth consecutive Energy Star Partner of the Year award, and all of the credit goes to each of our more than 68,000 worldwide employees who are committed to energy management and environmental responsibility,” said Chacon, who will accept the award on behalf of the company. “We have made significant progress in reducing our environmental footprint, but remain steadfast in our drive to achieve the company’s 2020 goals. Doing so is a win-win-win for the environment we all share, the communities in which we operate, and our company and its stakeholders.”
Hanes recently released the company’s 2016 environmental performance data on energy use, carbon dioxide emissions, water use, renewable energy and landfill diversion.
Compared with its 2007 baseline, the company reduced its energy use by 16 percent, carbon emissions by 16 percent and water use by 25 percent. Hanes also shifted 25 percent of the energy the company uses to renewable sources, including biomass, hydroelectric and geothermal, and diverted 84 percent – or 118 million pounds – of waste from its company-owned supply chain from landfills.
For more information on Hanes’ award-winning environmental sustainability efforts, visit Hanes For Good.
For more information about the U.S. EPA Energy Star program, visit energystar.gov.
HanesBrands, based in Winston-Salem, N.C., is a socially responsible leading marketer of everyday basic innerwear and activewear apparel in the Americas, Europe, Australia and Asia-Pacific 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, and Gear for Sports. The company sells T-shirts, bras, panties, shapewear, underwear, socks, hosiery, and activewear produced in the company’s low-cost global supply chain. A member of the S&P 500 stock index, Hanes has approximately 68,000 employees in more than 40 countries and is ranked No. 448 on the Fortune 500 list of America’s largest companies by sales. Hanes takes pride in its strong reputation for ethical business practices. The company is the only apparel producer to ever be honored by the Great Place to Work Institute for its workplace practices in Central America and the Caribbean, and is ranked No. 167 on the Forbes magazine list of America’s Best Large Employers. For eight consecutive years, Hanes has won the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star sustained excellence/partner of the year award – the only apparel company to earn sustained excellence honors. The company ranks No. 172 on Newsweek magazine’s green list of 500 largest U.S. companies for environmental achievement. More information about the company and its corporate social responsibility initiatives, including environmental, social compliance and community improvement achievements, may be found at www.Hanes.com/corporate. Connect with HanesBrands via social media on Facebook (www.facebook.com/hanesbrandsinc) and Twitter (@hanesbrands).