Assessing Materiality

Assessing Materiality Prioritizing what matters most

We are prioritizing the opportunities and challenges in sustainability that matter most to our stakeholders and business. In 2014, we embarked on an in-depth assessment, working with third-party experts to identify and evaluate an extensive list of environmental, social, governance, economic and other issues that could impact our company and the people our business touches around the world.

We collected input and feedback from a variety of external stakeholders and business partners across Gap Inc. In addition, we drew on the insights that we have gathered from years of visiting factories and interviewing the people who make our clothes, as well as from running our own employee programs. Our participation in various industry and multi-stakeholder initiatives added further perspective on key issues.

Assessing Materiality

We are prioritizing the opportunities and challenges in sustainability that matter most to our
stakeholders and business.

We evaluated issues based on the magnitude, likelihood and time horizon of their potential impacts on stakeholders and our business.

Through this process, we identified 15 sustainability-related aspects that guide our strategy and grouped them into three categories: Governance & Operating Context; Human Rights & Social Impact; and Resource Use, Scarcity & Impacts. The chart below shows these aspects and where they occur within and outside of Gap Inc.

Gap Inc. Global Sustainability Materiality Assesment

  Aspect Boundary
Materiality Category & Aspect Within Gap Inc. Outside Gap Inc.
Governance & Operating Context
Corporate Governance Global Operations Customers, Supply Chain, Communities
Country/Regional Legal & Economic Conditions Global Operations Supply Chain
Radical Transparency Global Operations Customers, Supply Chain, Communities
Technology & Product Innovation Global Operations Supply Chain
Resiliency Global Operations Supply Chain
Human Rights & Social Impacts
Worker Rights & Well-being Global Operations Supply Chain
Income, Wages & Inequality Global Operations Customers, Supply Chain, Communities
Human Capital & Development Global Operations Supply Chain
Diversity & Inclusion Global Operations Supply Chain, Communities
Reputation & Consumer Engagement Global Operations Customers, Supply Chain, Communities
Resource Use, Scarcity & Impacts
Water Stewardship Global Operations Customers, Supply Chain, Communities
Chemicals & Toxics Management Global Operations Customers, Supply Chain, Communities
Energy & Climate Stewardship Global Operations Customers, Supply Chain, Communities
Waste & End of Life Global Operations Customers, Supply Chain
Sustainable Materials Sourcing Global Operations Supply Chain, Communities