Empowering Communities: A Recap of Gildan Australia's 2023 Initiatives

Empowering Communities: A Recap of Gildan Australia's 2023 Initiatives

Posted by Gildan Brands | Gabriela Rocha on 22nd Dec 2023

At Gildan, our foundation is built on respect, with a deep dedication to our communities. We believe that strong communities help businesses thrive. In early 2022, Gildan introduced its "Next Generation ESG" strategy, detailing our priorities and ambitions until 2030. A primary objective is to foster the growth of societies and economies in our operational areas by implementing sustainable programs and encouraging our employees to volunteer their efforts.

Throughout 2023, we actively engaged in various initiatives. For instance, during October Awareness Month, Gildan proudly supported breast cancer awareness by partnering with the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). Through a special fundraising campaign, for every product sold, Gildan contributed 5 cents towards NBCF's invaluable efforts. The NBCF, Australia's leading nonprofit organisation, has channelled around $200 million into over 600 world-class research projects since 1994, resulting in a significant 40% reduction in breast cancer death rates.

As a corporate partner, we dedicated October to raising awareness and fundraising for NBCF. We proudly served as their merch provider, offering tees and hoodies as a canvas for this meaningful cause. Alongside our fundraising efforts, we hosted a morning tea, welcoming a special guest from NBCF to share insights into the foundation's mission.

Gildan's team went pink for breast cancer awareness. 

Additionally, we participated in Ausmusic T-shirt Day 2023, leveraging our Gildan Softstyle 65000 Midweight T-shirt to support music workers in crisis. As the official merch partner, we actively joined the initiative, raising urgently-needed funds to aid those in the music industry facing challenges, celebrating Aussie music, and contributing to Support Act, which has already amassed a remarkable $777,197 by this point.

Gildan's team repping their Ausmusic tees.

In line with our commitment to making a difference, we conducted Mental Health First Aid training. This equipped participants with practical, action-oriented skills to recognise and respond to someone experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis, until professional help is received or the crisis resolves.

Gildan's team building support through mental health education. 

Encouraging our employees to pursue interests and champion meaningful causes, we also facilitate employee-led volunteering. One such impactful day was spent at Escabags, a charity offering free 'escape bags' to individuals fleeing domestic and family abuse. We engaged with their vital work and assisted in crafting these bags, providing essential items for those in vulnerable situations.

Gildan's team lending a hand in crafting 'escape bags'.

Our community engagement has consistently aligned with our core business strengths and values while addressing local needs—a commitment that remains unwavering. These initiatives represent just a snapshot of our ongoing efforts to create a positive impact on both our planet and its people, a source of immense pride and optimism for the future.