Gap Inc. Releases 2020 Global Sustainability Report
September 29, 2021 at 12:16 PM EDT
“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,” said Sally Gilligan, Chief Growth Transformation Officer, Gap Inc.
Gap Inc.’s sustainability report reflects the efforts that the company and each of its brands have made in 2020 toward sustainability and creating a more inclusive and fairer workplace and world for everyone touched by the business. The company has aligned their Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) strategy to the following pillars, with each brand embracing work that connects to at least one pillar of the strategy.
Empowering Women and Human Rights
Gap Inc.’s 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.
Through the company’s Personal Advancement & Career Enhancement (P.A.C.E.) program, Gap Inc. provides women with foundational life skills, technical training and support to advance at work and in their lives. In 2020, P.A.C.E. reached more than 804,000 women and girls, and is on track to meeting the goal of reaching 1 million women and girls by 2022.
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 program, 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 program 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 program.
Gap Inc. 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% renewable energy by 2030 for globally owned and operated facilities.
Recognizing that women are disproportionately affected by climate change and water scarcity, the USAID Gap Inc. Women + Water Alliance pledges to improve access to drinking water and sanitation for 2 million people, of which 1 million are women, by 2023 in India’s textile manufacturing communities. As of the end of fiscal year 2020, Gap Inc. has empowered 650,000 people to improve their access to water and sanitation.
Gap Inc.’s 2020 Report highlights
This report covers Gap Inc.’s global operations for fiscal 2020, which ended on January 30, 2021, unless otherwise noted. To view the full sustainability report, click here. For in-depth information about the company’s efforts to be a force for good for people and the planet, please visit gapinc.com/sustainability.
About Gap Inc.
Gap Inc., a collection of purpose-led lifestyle brands, is the largest American specialty apparel company offering clothing, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic, and Athleta brands. The company uses omni-channel capabilities to bridge the digital world and physical stores to further enhance its shopping experience. Gap Inc. is guided by its purpose, Inclusive, by Design, and takes pride in creating products and experiences its customers love while doing right by its employees, communities, and planet. Gap Inc. products are available for purchase worldwide through company-operated stores, franchise stores, and e-commerce sites. Fiscal year 2020 net sales were $13.8 billion. For more information, please visit www.gapinc.com.