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IOM and H&M Group join forces to protect migrant workers

Today, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and H&M Group signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote cooperation in relation to ethical recruitment and protection of migrant workers in global supply chains.

“IOM is delighted to enter into this partnership with H&M Group. With this MoU, the company shows its true commitment and leadership in the fashion industry. We look forward to bringing our mutual strengths to tackle the complex challenges facing migrant workers in supply chains”.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Laura Thompson, Deputy Director IOM


The UN Sustainable Development Goal “Reduce inequality” points out the migrant workers as being a target for action, and IOM and H&M Group are both committed to contribute to its realisation. By joining forces, H&M Group and IOM can more effectively address and take action on the challenges connected to this area. The collaboration aims at strengthening the protection of migrant workers, including improvement of recruitment practices and of employment of migrants


“The partnership with IOM is strengthening our work to ensure fair working conditions for migrant workers in our supply chain. By joining forces, we can more efficiently address the systemic challenges migrant workers face. We see a need to collectively advocate for improved legislation and cross-border regulations, and at the same time continue working on the ground, together with our business partners and other brands”.

                                                                                       Anna Gedda, Head of Sustainability H&M Group

Read IOM’s full press release here.