Materiality

Materiality Prioritizing what matters most

We integrate sustainability deeply into our business to create greater impact across our value chain.

Within sustainability, materiality refers to the areas of heightened concern from internal and external stakeholders compared to relevant environmental, social and governance issues. Our material issues, viewed alongside our value chain, demonstrate focus areas where we can develop programs more directly targeted to the areas of greatest impact.

Assessing Materiality

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

We use our materiality assessment to: 

  1. Identify the most material sustainability issues for Gap Inc. in terms of business value, risks and opportunities for long-term planning.
  2. Understand how sustainability and key business issues intersect.
  3. Inform future sustainability commitments and resource allocation.
  4. Support Gap Inc.’s engagement with external stakeholders.

Our materiality assessments defined 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 Assessment

  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