Gap scores 15.8 out of 100 points classifying the company as ‘starting the journey’. It addresses issues in cotton cultivation through its membership of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI).
The company is committed to improving cotton farming practices globally. The Gap brand has a time-bound target for 100% sustainable cotton by 2021 and Gap Inc. has a policy on sourcing recycled cotton. The company has a Human Rights policy in place committing to respect internationally recognized human rights, but this policy is not specifically applicable to cotton cultivation. The company has no policies addressing biodiversity issues, the elimination of HPPs, or for reducing water use in cotton cultivation. The company addresses these issues through its membership of BCI. Gap has a Climate Policy in place to address the reduction of its impact on climate change that does not specifically target cotton cultivation.
Gap does not share information on the percentage of the total volume of sustainable cotton used. The company sourced 5,216 metric tonnes of Better Cotton in 2016.
Gap is working on increasing the traceability of their supply chain. The company publishes a factory list that includes all branded product manufacturing (100%). This is updated on a biannual basis. More information further up the supply chain on fabric manufacturers or yarn spinners is not published. The company does not publish country of origin or the absolute volume of cotton used in their product.