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A Healthy Environment is a Human Right

ValuesLaura Wilkinson, Senior Manager of Public Affairs at Gap Inc.Comment

Gap Inc. Recognized for Progress on Climate, Water and Smarter Shipping

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At Gap Inc., we believe a healthy environment is a human right, and we’re working hard to help tackle the interconnected threats of climate change and the global water crisis. We also recognize the business benefits that come from these efforts, making us more efficient and enhancing our connection with customers, employees and other stakeholders who also seek to make a positive impact for people and the planet.

While we still have more work to do, we recognize that the scale of our global business holds great potential to create real change -- and we’re committed to doing our part. We’re proud that some of our climate and water efforts have recently garnered the attention and recognition from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and CDP.

Earning leadership status on new CDP Climate and Water scorecards

In the 2017 annual release issued today by CDP, the non-profit global environmental disclosure platform, Gap Inc.’s climate and water targets earned leadership level scores, with the company scoring an A- for both.

The announcement today covers the 15th general disclosure from CDP tracking corporate performance on environmental indicators from the world’s largest listed companies, surveying more than 2,400 global companies, cities and regions that voluntarily disclosed their environmental data and targets. This is the second consecutive year that Gap Inc. earned a leadership-level status for our climate efforts, and our water efforts were upgraded from last year’s B score. We began disclosing our climate change impacts in 2010, and water in 2011.

To learn more about our individual annual responses, visit CDP online.

Smarter Shipping

Today, Gap Inc. was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with the 2017 SmartWay Excellence Award, a recognition of top environmental performers and leadership for freight supply chain efficiency.

Gap Inc. met this achievement by effectively hauling 99% of all freight with environmentally and energy efficient SmartWay carriers, rigorous management of our supply chain network and tracking efficiencies in moving freight to and from our Distribution Centers to reduce our carbon footprint.We review the performance of our transportation network each week in order to ensure efficiency and reduce fuel emissions.

Gap Inc. was one of 62 companies to receive this distinction, representing the best environmental performers of SmartWay’s 3600 Partners.

To learn more about the EPA Smarter Shipping program: www.epa.gov/smartway/. 

Read more about how we’re working to halve the carbon footprint of our owned and operated facilities globally: http://www.gapincsustainability.com/environment/doing-our-part-climate