Sustainability

When our founders, Doris and Don Fisher, started Gap Inc. in 1969, a key part of their vision of success was creating opportunities for the people and communities touched by our business throughout the world.

Today, we’re working harder than ever to make our business more sustainable by setting bold goals, designing new programs and partnering with others to change our industry for the better.

View our latest global sustainability report. 

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Climate & water resilience

Protecting our planet is fundamental to our sustainable business strategy and central to our company’s future. Damage to the climate and the urgency of water scarcity are global challenges that transcend boundaries, affecting people and communities everywhere.

We are taking steps every day through incorporating sustainability into product design and partnering with business, nonprofit, governmental and community organizations to do our part in building a healthy place to thrive for generations to come. Here’s the latest

Save 10b liters of water by 2020
Exceeded goal!
100%

100% renewable energy by 2030
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spools of thread

Responsible sourcing & materials

Great products are created with sustainability at their core — which means ethically sourcing and using more sustainable raw materials to make our clothes.

We are constantly innovating and working to design our products using more sustainable raw materials and concentrate our business decisions with preferred vendors to drive positive impact on a larger scale to create long-term progress. Here’s the latest

By 2025, will derive 100% of its cotton from more sustainable sources
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Gap Inc. will derive 100% of its cotton from more sustainable sources by 2025
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Advancing people & human rights

From day one, we’ve been guided by the principle of equality for all. This means making the necessary changes across our company and also inspiring change within our industry -- from addressing labor issues and supporting the people who make our clothes, to investing in programs to support employees and communities around the world, to celebrating individuality and diversity.

We’re not perfect, but we’re committed to ongoing progress. Here's the latest

Reach one million women and girls participants in our PACE program by 2022
50% TOWARDS OUR GOAL
50%

100% of suppliers use digital wage payments by 2020
92% TOWARDS OUR GOAL
92%

5% of new store hires are from This Way Ahead by 2025
41% TOWARDS OUR GOAL
41%

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Circularity & waste

We have a responsibility to reduce the waste created by our business, which impacts the environment and adds unnecessary costs to our business. We are on track to divert millions of pounds of waste from landfills while innovating to optimize packaging and reduce volume, protect oceans, and support industrywide change.

We're stepping up to create more sustainable products – focused on positive impact across a garment’s lifecycle from seed to the store to the end of a garment’s use. Here’s the latest

Work toward zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in our supply chain by 2020
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We are working towards diverting 80 percent of the waste produced by our U.S. facilities by the end of 2020
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From the press

GLOSSY

How Gap Inc.’s company-wide diversity and inclusion council is driving sales

“A group of 45 Gap Inc. employees, called the Color Proud Council, is taking diversity and inclusion head-on at the company, overhauling how all of its seven brands market, merchandise and hire to have a new focus on inclusivity. “

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BLOOMBERG

Gap Targets ‘Borderline Irresponsible’ Water Use With India Hub

“Gap will team with textile manufacturer Arvind Ltd. to open the 18,000-square-foot plant, which it’s calling an “innovation center.”

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THE BUSINESS JOURNALS

Gap, thredUP partner on clothes 'recycling' ​

“The partnership with Gap Inc. will be the largest distribution channel of thredUP Clean Out bags and labels under the company’s resale-as-a-service model...”   

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