WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — April 17, 2013 — HanesBrands, a leading marketer of everyday basic apparel,
today announced that it has expanded to Honduras its successful Central American school renovation
and afterschool youth club programs in partnership with Glasswing International.
Since its inception in 2010, the Hanes partnership has resulted in the renovation of three
schools in El Salvador and the creation of more than 60 after-school clubs at those school staffed
by HanesBrands employee volunteers. Approximately 1,000 students participate in the clubs each
The expansion will result in renovations of two schools in Honduras and two additional
schools in El Salvador, as well as creation of after-school clubs led by company employee
Glasswing International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming communities in
El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala through improving educational opportunities, particularly in
areas affected by high crime rates, and by improving healthcare services.
“While public schools in particular are an area most susceptible to violence, they are also
the site of one of the most promising solutions,” said Celina de Sola, co-founder and vice
president of programs for Glasswing International. “Through this strategic partnership with the
U.S. Agency for International Development and companies such as HanesBrands, Glasswing is
increasing opportunities for youth in Central America.”
HanesBrands, which has operated production facilities in Central America for more than 20
years, has made a cumulative multiyear commitment to date of $250,000 to the Glasswing partnership
in Central America, an amount being matched by USAID. Employees will also contribute tens of
thousands of volunteer hours to renovate the schools and lead organized after-school activities.
HanesBrands has approximately 9,400 employees in El Salvador and 9,200 employees in
“Our company has a long history of reaching out to the communities in which we operate
around the world,” said Teddy Mendoza, manager of environmental affairs and corporate social
responsibility for HanesBrands in Central America. “We are improving the learning environment of
schools that have poor infrastructure and are creating after-school clubs that extend the amount of
time kids are in school each day.”
In El Salvador, the partnership funds and volunteers have been used to repair bathrooms,
build roofs and ceilings, paint classrooms, landscape school grounds and refurbish sports
facilities at schools in San Juan Opico and Ciudad Arce, both located near HanesBrands production
facilities. Furniture, computers and teaching materials were also provided.
More than 900 employee volunteers, about 10 percent of the company’s workforce in El
Salvador, have contributed more than 15,000 volunteer hours to the schools. The employees, trained
by Glasswing educators, are leading after-school clubs in the arts, computers, sports, journalism,
academics and homework, and music.
Funding for the Glasswing partnership is part of HanesBrands innovative Green for Good
philanthropy program. The company uses savings from sound environmental practices, such as
recycling, to fund community improvement projects that utilize employee volunteers to help
communities meet fundamental needs in the areas of education and health and welfare.
“We feel it’s important for our company to create a sense of pride among employees by
fostering a culture of integrity, teamwork and leadership both within the workplace and in the
communities where they live,” said Chris Fox, HanesBrands vice president of corporate social
responsibility and environmental affairs. “We are excited to bring many more opportunities to our
employees to help shape and strengthen their own communities where so many young people need
support in order to prosper.”
HanesBrands Green for Good projects in El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica and the Dominican
Republic include school renovations; hospital rehabilitation; ambulance donations; mobile medical
clinics; ear, nose and throat surgeries; natural disaster relief; beach cleanups; and reforestation
Posted April 23, 2013