In the full report (aptly titled “Our Futures are Woven Together”), the company vows to protect human rights, improve working conditions in garment factories across the company's supply chain, and advocate for gender equality and opportunity.
The most sweeping commitment? To reduce absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across all their facilities worldwide by half by the end of 2020.
Gap Inc. is no stranger to setting emissions goals: in 2008, they set out to reduce GHG emissions across US operations by 20 percent by the end of 2015. At the end of the eight year time frame, they'd surpassed their goal, reducing emissions by nearly 37 percent.
For a company that operates out of countless factories and 3,300 stores across 90 countries, this is no small feat. What's more: they promise to do it in five years, a fraction of the time it takes other major chains to complete sweeping changes to their operations or sourcing.
Announced only a month after the landmark COP 21 Paris summit, Gap Inc.'s new emissions target brings them into the international effort to admit climate change is a real, lasting, dangerous issue, and to tackle the problem.
Other highlights from the report include: