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  • Overall approach
    2/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Commodity-specific
      0/6
      Pulp & Paper
      "By 2020, we’ll eliminate the use of any wood-derived fabrics (like rayon, viscose, lyocell, and modal) made from the pulp from ancient and endangered forests."
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "By taking these steps to protect these crucial forests, we’re also furthering our climate change efforts, as trees are vital natural resources that help to combat climate change by removing carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere."
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    24/86
    • Leather
      10/86
      • Commitment Strength
        0/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/21
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/10.7
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/15
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
      • Reporting and Implementation
        4/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          Gap disclose a full list of apparel, accessories and footwear which includes leather factories. 
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        6/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          "Gap Inc. state that they abide by the minimum standards for social security and human rights as set by the ILO. They require their suppliers to ensure their workers' have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination."
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          2/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          2/4
          "Our COVC prohibits any form of discrimination during hiring, compensation, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on gender." "Launched in 2007, our innovative Personal Advancement & Career Enhancement (P.A.C.E.) program was initially created to support women in the global apparel industry. . .and expanded the program to community settings in 2013 to unlock new possibilities for women and adolescent girls."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Pulp & Paper
      38/86
      • Commitment Strength
        22/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          13/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Type of commitment: Protects priority forests
            "By 2020, eliminating the use of wood-derived fibers made of dissolving pulp from ancient and endangered forest areas"
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "By 2020, eliminating the use of wood-derived fibers made of dissolving pulp from ancient and endangered forest areas"
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "By 2020, eliminating the use of wood-derived fibers made of dissolving pulp from ancient and endangered forest areas"
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "By 2020, eliminating the use of wood-derived fibers made of dissolving pulp from ancient and endangered forest areas"
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "By 2020, eliminating the use of wood-derived fibers made of dissolving pulp from ancient and endangered forest areas"
          • Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            Target date
            2020
            1.2/1.3
            "By 2020, eliminating the use of wood-derived fibers made of dissolving pulp from ancient and endangered forest areas"
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "By 2020, eliminating the use of wood-derived fibers made of dissolving pulp from ancient and endangered forest areas"
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          10/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Recycled content
            "Beginning this fall [2019], Gap Inc. will produce its Athleta catalog using 100% FSC-certified, post-consumer waste recycled paper"
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Beginning this fall [2019], Gap Inc. will produce its Athleta catalog using 100% FSC-certified, post-consumer waste recycled paper"
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Beginning this fall [2019], Gap Inc. will produce its Athleta catalog using 100% FSC-certified, post-consumer waste recycled paper"
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Beginning this fall [2019], Gap Inc. will produce its Athleta catalog using 100% FSC-certified, post-consumer waste recycled paper"
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            "Beginning this fall [2019], Gap Inc. will produce its Athleta catalog using 100% FSC-certified, post-consumer waste recycled paper"
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Beginning this fall [2019], Gap Inc. will produce its Athleta catalog using 100% FSC-certified, post-consumer waste recycled paper"
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        6/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes
          2/2
          "Avoiding the use of wood-derived fibers logged illegally, sourced from tree farms established after 1994 through the conversion or simplification of natural forests"
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          Gap Inc. published a list of their factory suppliers in April 2019.
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        10/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes
          4/4
          "Avoiding the use of wood-derived fibers logged illegally, sourced from tree farms established after 1994 through the conversion or simplification of natural forests; or from areas being logged in contravention of indigenous peoples’ rights; or without obtaining Free, Prior and Informed Consent of local and indigenous communities, or from controversial suppliers."
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          "Gap Inc. state that they abide by the minimum standards for social security and human rights as set by the ILO. They require their suppliers to ensure their workers' have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination."
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          2/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          2/4
          "Our COVC prohibits any form of discrimination during hiring, compensation, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on gender." "Launched in 2007, our innovative Personal Advancement & Career Enhancement (P.A.C.E.) program was initially created to support women in the global apparel industry. . .and expanded the program to community settings in 2013 to unlock new possibilities for women and adolescent girls."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    11/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    5/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    8/16
    Avg. score

Profile

Gap is an American retailer of clothes and accessories operating 3,700 own brand and franchise stores around the world, as well as having an online presence. Well-known brands include Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy. The company purchases its merchandise from vendors with factories in 40 countries around the world. China is a major area of procurement, with approximately a quarter of merchandise by dollar value being sourced from there in 2015. Gap iss one of the top five clothing and footwear retailers selling exclusively own brand products in the world by brand share. It has significant presence in the US, Asia and Europe.

Sector
Industry sector 
Accessories & luggage, Apparel & footwear
Segments
Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
United States
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

Top Brands

GAP, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, InterMix, Hill City, Janie and Jack

How we assess the Forest 500

To ensure deforestation free supply chains, companies need to adopt and implement timebound and measurable policies for forest risk commodities.

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This assessment has been carried out following the methodology developed for the Forest 500 project, available here. Please see our disclaimer applicable to all information contained within this site and our terms and conditions for use of data presented on this site.

All assessments use policies published on company and financial institution websites, and while we endeavor to keep them updated some links may have changed or been removed since the time of assessment.

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