For Gap Inc., environmental responsibility means far more than being “green” or selling green products. We view it as connected to every aspect of our business, from the manufacture of our clothes to how they are packaged and shipped to the design of our stores. As a global retailer, we have the potential to make a difference on critical environmental issues, such as saving energy and combating climate change. Being environmentally responsible also supports our success as a company. We believe that it allows us to innovate, create value for our business, and meet the expectations of our customers, employees and shareholders.
Over the past decade, we have made sustainability-focused advancements within our directly operated fleet of stores and distribution centers – incorporating the use of renewable energy, reducing waste and lowering power usage. We set an ambitious absolute goal to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 20 percent in the U.S. by 2015 using a 2008 baseline, and are well on our way to meeting that target. We also believe that our suppliers should consider sustainability in their own businesses – and we therefore work with mills, laundries and cut and sew facility management along our supply chain to help our vendors reduce their own energy, chemical and water usage.
We are proud partners of organizations, such as Conservation International and the Natural Resource Defense Council. Recognizing that scaling efforts across our industry will help to amplify our efforts, we are also founding members of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and Ceres’ Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP), and have joined the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) joint brand working group.
More greenhouse gases (GHG) lead to climate change, with melting ice caps and glaciers causing rising sea levels and altering precipitation.
To help mitigate climate change, Gap Inc. is reducing its GHG emissions and environmental footprint, through energy efficiency, conservation measures and waste reduction.
Gap Inc. has been named to CR Magazine’s “Best Corporate Citizens” list, climbing from #6 to #3—our highest place to date.
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