What started in 1901 as a men’s sock manufacturing business is now, more than 100 years later one of the largest clothing manufacturers in the world, with presence in more than 25 countries, 51,500 employees and over $4.5 billion in sales.
Hanes was founded by John Wesley Hanes in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The company was initially named Shamrock Mills and changed its name in 1914 to Hanes Hosiery Mills Co.
By 1918, Hanes started manufacturing women’s socks and today Hanes manufactures and distributes bras, sheer hosiery, men’s underwear, children’s underwear, socks, t-shirts, shapewear and many other items of clothing for the whole family around the world.
Hanes apparel is on the market under a wide umbrella of brands including: Champion, Playtex, Flexees, Just My Size, Wonderbra, Gear for Sports, Bali and Maidenform. The company’s international brands include Track N Field, Ritmo, Sol y Oro, Rinbros and Zorba.
What differentiates Hanes from many clothing manufacturers in the market is that the company operates its own manufacturing facilities. 90 percent of the apparel sold and distributed around the world by Hanes is manufactured in the company’s plants or by dedicated contractors. This practice ensures ethical business practices and responsible corporate practices.
With so many brands under its umbrella, it is hard to narrow what Hanes has to offer. In the intimate wear department, Hanes has lines for women, men and kids with great styles in cotton and the innovative “tagless” wear that takes the itchy tags out of the equation.
Hanes also offers a wide variety of hosiery, shapewear, swimwear and clothing. The Hanes clothing line includes t-shirts and tops, pants, shorts, jackets, sweatshirts and fleece wear, thermal underwear and a line of sleep and lounge for the whole family.
Hanes manufacturing process is environmentally and socially responsible and the brand’s t-shirts are produced in environmentally responsible facilities owned by the company, with lower-impact U.S cotton. The company’s employees are encouraged and rewarded to be socially active in their communities
There is nothing more comfortable than apparel in soft, great cotton and Hanes knows this. The company makes a wide assortment of clothing pieces in the most wonderfully comfortable cotton, and the best part: it’s all done with the workers and the environment in mind.
For the fifth year in a row, HanesBrands has received the U.S Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star Partner of the Year award for its energy management worldwide and its reduction in greenhouse gas and carbon emissions in the company’s manufacturing facilities.
Hanes set significant long-term goals in 2007 to reduce its use of energy and water and lower its carbon emissions. To achieve its ambitious goals, the company has used renewable sources of energy such as biomass, hydroelectric and geothermal power. The use of these renewable sources of energy has resulted in significant reductions in energy use, water use and also a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.
Hanes also puts an equal amount of emphasis in the fair treatment of its employees worldwide. The company has established a Global Code of Conduct together with Global Standards for Suppliers and adheres to the Fair Labor Association to make sure all its facilities comply with the fair labor laws and regulations.
We value a company for its products and its practices and Hanes excels at both, so we have to give it 5 starts out of 5 stars.
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