Gap Inc., the largest American specialty apparel company, is among the first companies in the US to release its 2021 sustainability report in digital format using the SASB XBRL taxonomy.
Marvin Smith, Director of ESG Reporting & Disclosure, said Gap Inc. chose to make digital disclosures in XBRL to make its ESG report more accessible to various stakeholders.
“Having that machine-readable (XBRL) element is another way to ensure our disclosures are accessible to key stakeholders who are processing and evaluating our ESG performance. We believe it’s important to make information available in a useful, comparable, reliable, and importantly, accessible manner and in a format where investors and stakeholders increasingly process information – in the digital format.”
On learnings from the report’s digital conversion, Smith said the taxonomy structure encouraged Gap Inc. to present some of the sustainability data in a more rigorous, nuanced manner, to add value to investors.
Anand Padmanabhan, President, IRIS Business LLC stated “With the increasing adoption in over 60 countries by more than 180 regulators, XBRL has played a pivotal role in enhancing the goal of data usability, standardization, and discoverability. We have been extensively working in this area over the last 18 years, helping regulators, enterprises, and analysts adopt these data standards”.
“With rising focus on ESG reporting by corporates, it was great to see the Value Reporting Foundation release SASB XBRL taxonomy last year. We are excited to see leading organizations like Gap Inc becoming early adopters of digital data standards to enable better data accessibility to their stakeholders” said Anuradha RK, Global Customer Success Head at IRIS CARBON®.
GAP’s SASB Index in iXBRL format can be found in the ‘Data & Disclosures’ section of ESG Resources Hub. Click here to view the Interactive iXBRL Viewer.
Gap Inc., a collection of purpose-led lifestyle brands, is the largest American specialty apparel company offering clothing, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic, and Athleta brands. The company uses omnichannel capabilities to bridge the digital world and physical stores to enhance its shopping experience. Gap Inc. is guided by its purpose, Inclusive, by Design, and takes pride in creating products and experiences its customers love while doing right by employees, communities, and the planet. Gap Inc. products are available for purchase worldwide through company-operated stores, franchise stores, and e-commerce sites. The fiscal year 2021 net sales were $16.7 billion. For more information, visit www.gapinc.com.
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