Without water, there is no life. From growing cotton and fabric dyeing to washing clothes we love to wear — all have an impact on water resources. And since water is essential to our business and, of course, the planet and everyone living on it, we are working together with organisations such as WWF to make sure we value every drop.

This is a short summary of our work to protect water resources.
Find much more detail and data in our Sustainability Performance Report 2019

Water pollution is increasing worldwide and freshwater is increasingly scarce, with 2.3 billion people lacking basic sanitation services.  

We are part of a water-intense industry and are committed to push harder for action and progress throughout our value chain, while protecting the water resources of communities close to our suppliers’ factories. 

For over a decade, the H&M Group has been working to reduce negative water impacts throughout our value chain. Each supplier is obliged to comply with our Sustainability Commitment, and, as a minimum, we require full compliance with existing laws and regulations. Our production offices in the markets we source from give us the unique opportunity to have daily contact with our suppliers, visit them regularly and to monitor production. 


Water Roadmap for Supply Chain

In 2018, we launched our new water roadmap for our supply chain as a part of the transformation of the textile industry, with key goals and actions to 2022. The plan addresses the water-related challenges we face around the world, in a way that puts our industry on the path to contributing to the relevant sustainable development goal: “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all” (SDG6).  

The roadmap represents a major improvement in integrated water management where water is valued as a shared resource. For example, one goal is to recycle 15% of wastewater from production processes by 2022.  

We have started using five new water recycling solutions for textile and apparel production. These will improve quality and create opportunities for water recycling in many of the countries where we manufacture.  

Find more details and data in our Sustainability Performance Report 2019

About water in Bangladesh and other Sustainability stories

Find out how we are working in Bangladesh to protect water and read other short stories from the Sustainability Report 2019