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H&M Group signs new International Accord for Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment Industry.

Fire and building safety are extremely important issues for H&M Group. We are pleased to have signed a new agreement, called the International Accord for Health and Safety in the Textile and Garment Industry, with trade unions and other brands to continue our joint efforts to ensure a safe work environment in the garment industry.

For me, living and working in Bangladesh, it has been evident what remarkable change the textile industry has gone through the last couple of years. I’m proud to have been a part of fruitful and important discussions with other brands and trade unions leading up to this ground-breaking agreement. I’m convinced it will not only honor all the great work being done so far but also mean a significant step forward with regards to safeguarding the work environment in the industry.

Masarrat Quader – Public Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Bangladesh, H&M Group

H&M Group have signed a one-to-one legally binding agreement enforceable on us as a brand. The agreement contains independent oversight of brands by unions and it also commits to explore how trade unions and brands together with other national and industry stakeholders can strengthen health and safety in other production countries.

The new agreement is valid from 1 September 2021.

Joint press release by Brands Association, Bangladesh Accord, UNI Global Union and IndustriALL Global Union is available here.