January 22, 2010 — WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Hanesbrands Inc. today announced that production has
resumed at its Haitian contract sewing operations affected by the Jan. 12 earthquake, putting
hundreds of employees back to work as the country tries to rebuild its economy.
The company also has set up a staging operation in the Dominican Republic that is supplying
food, water and basic necessities for the Haitian contract workers and has donated $2.2 million
worth of underwear to be widely distributed to those in need in the country by humanitarian aid
agency CARE and Fashion Delivers Charitable Foundation, Inc.
Hanesbrands has three primary T-shirt sewing operations in Haiti, and all three have at least
partial production under way as of today. All of the facilities have been inspected by engineers
and have been cleared for resumed production and safe occupancy. Production at one of the plants
located near the Dominican Republic was not affected by the earthquake, and initial
production at the two operations near Port-au-Prince resumed today, with all employees expected to
be back to work by the first week of February.
With the resumption of production in Haiti, the addition of new contract suppliers, and added
production at company-owned plants, Hanesbrands expects full pre-earthquake T-shirt production
levels as soon as mid-February. The production suspension should not have a material impact
on sales of the company’s underwear T-shirts or casualwear T-shirts sold to the wholesale
Haiti accounts for a small percentage of Hanesbrands’ overall production, and the sewing
disruption will not affect the company’s previously announced expectations to increase sales by 5
percent in 2010 as a result of retail shelf-space and distribution gains.
“We are very thankful that our major contract partners have the wherewithal to resume
production, providing critical jobs for employees who are seeking to recover from the aftermath of
the earthquake,” said Gerald Evans, Hanesbrands president, international business and global supply
chain. “Our contractors are doing a great job providing employees and their families with food,
water and other assistance, and employees are eager to return to work. We were disappointed to
learn that two employees of one of our contractors died from injuries suffered in the earthquake.
We send our sympathy to their families, friends and co-workers.”
Of the company’s three sewing contractors, one of the operations sews underwear T-shirts for
retail customers, one produces outerwear T-shirts for the wholesale screen-print imagewear
industry, and the third produces both underwear and outerwear T-shirts.
The company also has a fourth T-shirt sewing contractor, located near Port-au-Prince, that
produces a small quantity of outerwear T-shirts. It is expected to resume initial production on
Hanesbrands has donated more than 2 million pieces of new underwear with a wholesale value of
$2.2 million, primarily men’s and boys’ underwear bottoms and women’s and girls’ panties, to aid
agencies for distribution in Haiti.
The company is donating approximately 1.5 million pair of underwear to CARE and is working
with other CARE partners to sort, ship, store and distribute the goods. The Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints is providing assistance in sorting the basic apparel for appropriate
distribution and UPS is providing transportation logistics and shipping of the goods. CARE was able
to accept the donation because the apparel was new and it was able to garner the support of
partners to mitigate the costs of managing the distribution.
Hanesbrands is donating approximately 750,000 pair of underwear to Fashion Delivers
Charitable Foundation, Inc. Based in New York, Fashion Delivers was founded to coordinate donations
of new products from the apparel and home industries to aid victims of disasters.
Hanesbrands and its employees have also established a staging operation for Haiti relief
supplies at the company’s textile fabric manufacturing plant in Bonao, Dominican Republic.
Hanesbrands employees and operations from around the world are donating goods and money and the
company is purchasing supplies of water, food and basic necessities to be earmarked for the
employees of the company’s contract sewing operations in Haiti affected by the earthquake.
Hanesbrands employees also have personally donated thousands of dollars to CARE and the
American Red Cross to aid the people of Haiti.
“Hanesbrands has a culture of helping those in need that is driven by the generosity and
compassion of our employees,” said Chris Fox, Hanesbrands vice president of corporate social
responsibility. “We are proud of our employees who always rise to the occasion to support others in
times of crisis, no matter where it is, and to continually support those in need in our
communities. We thank them once again for being great community ambassadors.”
Hanesbrands would also like to thank the United States and Dominican Republic governments,
the United Nations and all of the various relief agencies for supporting Haiti in this time of
Hanesbrands Inc. is a leading marketer of everyday apparel essentials under some of the
world’s strongest apparel brands, including Hanes, Champion, Playtex, Bali, JMS/Just My Size,
barely there and Wonderbra. The company sells T-shirts, bras, panties, men’s underwear, children’s
underwear, socks, hosiery, casualwear and activewear produced in the company’s low-cost global
supply chain. Hanesbrands has approximately 45,000 employees in more than 25 countries. More
information about the company may be found on the Hanesbrands Internet Web site at
Posted on January 26, 2010
Press Release Courtesy of Hanesbrands Inc.