HanesBrands Expands Successful Central American Community and Education
Partnership with Glasswing International
Company Partnership with Glasswing International and U.S. Agency for
International Development to Provide Funding for School Renovation and
Volunteers for After-School Programs Expands to Honduras
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., April 18, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HanesBrands, a leading
marketer of everyday basic apparel, today announced that it has expanded to
Honduras its successful Central American school renovation and after-school
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 week.
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 volunteers.
[Video available on the HanesBrands YouTube channel. The English-language
video is available at http://youtu.be/d138oCNY6eA, and the Spanish-language
video is at http://youtu.be/qComY1iGRlc.]
HanesBrands has approximately 9,400 employees in El Salvador and 9,200
employees in Honduras. 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
"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 tree planting.
HanesBrands is a socially responsible leading marketer of everyday basic
apparel under some of the world's strongest apparel brands, including Hanes,
Champion, Playtex, Bali, JMS/Just My Size, barely there, Wonderbra and Gear
for Sports. 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. Ranked No. 512 on the Fortune 1000
list, Hanes has approximately 51,500 employees in more than 25 countries and
takes pride in its strong reputation for ethical business practices. Hanes is
a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star 2013 and 2012 Sustained
Excellence Award winner and 2010 and 2011 Partner of the Year. The company
ranks No. 141 on Newsweek magazine's list of Top 500 greenest U.S. companies.
More information about the company and its corporate social responsibility
initiatives, including environmental, social compliance and community
improvement achievements, may be found on the Hanes corporate website at
Glasswing International is a nonprofit organization based in San Salvador, El
Salvador that partners with the public and private sectors and civil society
to transform communities in the areas of education and health. In only five
years, Glasswing has expanded to five countries, mobilized more than 50,000
volunteers, engaged over 60 corporations and benefitted hundreds of thousands
of Central Americans.
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CONTACT: Matt Hall, (336) 519-3386
Kay Carter, (336) 519-5061
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