Key Milestones

Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals

H&M Group has always been at the forefront when it comes to our efforts to eliminate hazardous chemicals from our production, and we have strict chemical restrictions. Discover the key milestones in our journey towards Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals.

2019

  • 100 % of all our wet processing facilities in scope are now enrolled in ZDHC programs to measure hazardous substances in the input and output. This covers more than 600 facilities.

  • Adoption of ZDHC MRSL 2:0, an industry list of restricted substances in production.

  • H&M Group joins a task team within ZDHC to develop and scale Screened Chemistry, a hazard-based method to assess best in class chemicals as industry standard.

2018

  • As the demand for recycled material will increase, H&M Group initiates a mapping of hazardous chemicals in textile waste streams together with IKEA.

  • 30 % of all our wet-processing facilities in scope are now enrolled in ZDHC programs to measure hazardous substances in the input and output. This covers more than 200 facilities.

2017

  • H&M Group adopts screened chemistry a hazard-based method to assess best in class chemicals.

  • H&M Group sets a new H&M Chemical Vision and roadmap towards a toxic-free fashion future.

  • 8 % of all our wet processing facilities in scope are now enrolled in ZDHC programs to measure hazardous substances in the input and output. This covers 49 facilities.

2016

  • H&M Group joined ChemSec, an independent, non-profit organization committed to the development of sustainable chemicals use through the dissemination of knowledge, collaboration and practical tools.

  • H&M Group launches a new sustainability strategy, with 100% Circular and Climate Positive being one of the three pillars.

 

2015

  • Bureau Veritas and H&M Group start to develop a tool for us and our facilities to use in order to be able to measure chemical usage and discharge, called BVe3.

2013

  • H&M publishes the list of suppliers to increase the transparency within our supply chain.

  • PFAS, a group of chemicals often used as a water-resistant coating on clothes and also in makeup is banned by H&M Group.

2011

  • H&M Joins roadmap for ZDHC, teaming up with other fashion and sports brands with the common mission to catalyse positive change in the discharge of hazardous chemicals across the industry.

2009

  • H&M develops water-based adhesives in shoes to be able to make shoes without hazardous solvents.

  • First H&M MRSL (restricted substances in production) is released to further assure customer and workers health as well as the environment.

2005

  • Joined the AFIRM Group, an organisation with the mission to reduce the use and impact of harmful substances in the apparel and footwear supply chain.

1999

  • H&M enforces a ban of the plasticiser PVC, a material often used in, for instance, raincoats or to achieve a lacquered vinyl look on clothing, shoes and accessories.

1995

  • H&M published our first H&M chemical restriction list, to assure safe products, working conditions and environment.

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