Blog: Leonie BarrieEnergy-saving efforts reap rewards

Leonie Barrie | 8 April 2014

Beleaguered US department store retailer JC Penney is at last getting something right as it continues to try to turn around its business: its commitment to saving energy and fighting climate change.

The company is one of four apparel firms out of a total of 127 organisations to have been recognised for their efforts by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Energy (DOE). Other recipients of the 2014 Energy Star Partner of the Year Award include Sears Holdings Corporation, Kohls Department Stores and Hanesbrands.

While the retailers obviously focused on improving the energy efficiency performance of their stores, Hanesbrands, not surprisingly, has extended its efforts across the supply chain.

The company, which makes basic apparel under some of the world's strongest brands, including Hanes, Champion, Playtex, Bali, Maidenform and Wonderbra, says its accomplishments include initiating a formal best management practice programme, which catalogues projects by operation to ensure proven energy reduction projects are implemented across the supply chain network.

And it conducted an annual supplier summit to align suppliers' energy and environmental management efforts with its own sustainability initiative. Eighty-one key suppliers benchmarked with Hanesbrands and identified best practices in energy management, environmental management, and other areas of corporate social responsibility.

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