HanesBrands (NYSE:HBI), Glasswing and the U.S. Agency for International Development announce a public/private partnership that will add an additional $1 million in funding for youth education in El Salvador, Honduras and the Dominican Republic.
In these areas, students cannot attend school past sixth grade because of danger and community conflicts. This program will allow youth to continue their education.
iGive.com celebrates not only the financial commitment of this program, but also the fact that more than 300 Hanes employees donate their time to support these programs every week. USAID will match the company’s three-year investment for a total amount of more than $1 million for Glasswing International.
“Glasswing is an organization that smartly leverages existing resources to make a significant impact in the communities it serves and where we operate,” said Hanes Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard A. Noll. “Glasswing has been a fantastic partner in our efforts to build communities and improve the lives of our employees. We are looking forward to expanding this very powerful community improvement model to the Dominican Republic.”
Hanes was one of the first corporations to support Glasswing, in part because it part of the community in which Hanes employees live and work. Hanes maintains a commitment to “doing the right thing” as exemplified in their Hanes fo Good philosophy.
“Hanes has been a crucial partner for us to develop our community schools model where the whole community, including parents, teachers, students, local governments and corporations, work in partnership to generate community pride, as well as safer and healthier schools where youths can thrive,” said Ken Baker, chief executive officer, Glasswing International. “The hundreds of Hanes employees who volunteer weekly in the schools are an inspiration to us and an example for other global businesses to follow.”
HanesBrands, based in Winston-Salem, N.C., is a socially responsible leading marketer of everyday basic innerwear and activewear apparel in the Americas, Europe and Asia under some of the world’s strongest apparel brands, including Hanes,Champion, Playtex, DIM, Bali, Maidenform, JMS/Just My Size, L’eggs, Wonderbra, Nur Die/Nur Der, Lovable 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 65,300 employees in more than 40 countries and is ranked No. 490 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 Employers. For seven 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. 246 on Newsweek magazine’s green list of 500 largest U.S. companies. 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.
Glasswing International empowers individuals to address the root causes of poverty and violence in their communities through education and health programs. Its cross-sector approach forges partnerships with international and local governments, corporations, non-profits, and civil society. In eight years, Glasswing has grown from three employees to a team of over 250 employees across Latin America, the Caribbean, and New York City. Glasswing currently has permanent offices in six Central American countries and projects in 14 countries. Since its formation, Glasswing has directed more than $25 million to education and health programs with less than 5% going to overhead. For more information, please visit www.glasswing.org.