Awards and recognitions

Some examples of the sustainability awards, ratings and recognitions H&M Group have received.

Textile Exchange Corporate Fiber & Materials Benchmark

Textile Exchange rated us as one of the leading companies in the 2021 Material Change Leaderboard. We were also recognised as the biggest user of preferred cotton, recycled man-made cellulosic fibres and recycled down, and the second biggest user of organic cotton and recycled cotton. 

Platform Living Wage Financials Annual Report

In their 2021 report, Platform Living Wage Financial (PLWF) rated H&M Group’s work towards living wages as “advanced”, higher than all other garment of footwear companies included in the report. PLWF is an alliance of 18 financial institutions that monitors and encourages companies to address the non-payment of living wages in global supply chains.

Ecogain Biodiversity Index

We were one of five companies awarded the Green Traffic Light for aligning our biodiversity goals with science in the Ecogain Biodiversity Index in 2021.

InfluenceMap's A-List of Climate Policy Engagement

We were identified as one of 15 corporate leaders advocating for ambitious climate policy in the 2021 A-List of Climate Policy Engagement.

Remake's Fashion Accountability Report

H&M Group ranked 11 in Remake’s 2021 Fashion Accountability Report that rates 60 fashion companies according to transparency, climate, diversity and inclusion.

Oxfam Australia Naughty or Nice List

In 2021, H&M Group was included in Oxfam Australia’s Naughty or Nice List, which assesses clothing brands on their progress towards paying living wages. We were one of the top three brands recognised for our commitment, transparency and how we ring-fence labour costs.

Dow Jones Sustainability Index

H&M Group was included in the Dow Jones World Sustainability Index for the tenth year running in 2021, scoring well above our industry average. We achieved the highest possible scores in several areas including environmental and social reporting, as well as making huge jumps in climate strategy and packaging. We were also listed in the Dow Jones European Index.

Baptist Aid's World Ethical Fashion Report

Each year Baptist World Aid Australia publishes its Ethical Fashion Guide to help consumers choose brands that put people and planet before profit. In 2021, H&M Group was awarded an A grade, putting us in the top 20% of brands surveyed.

Stand Earth Fashion Scorecard

Stand Earth ranked H&M Group in the top ten of their Fashion Scorecard 2021 for our performance in deploying fossil-free energy in our supply chain. While we are happy to be amongst the leading brands, it’s clear that we, and our whole industry, still have more work to do.

United Nationals Global Compact LEAD

H&M Group was named one of 37  Global Compact LEADs by the United Nations (UN) in 2021. The Global Compact brings together the UN and businesses to work towards universally accepted principals on human rights, labour, environment and anticorruption, and the Sustainable Development Goals. Companies named as Global Compact LEADs represent the highest level of engagement with the UN Global Compact.

Fashion Revolution Fashion Transparency Index

H&M Group ranked number two in Fashion Revolution’s 2021 Fashion Transparency Index, a ranking of 250 fashion brands, with a score of 68% (73% in 2020). We’re pleased to have been recognised for our efforts to increase transparency, but we know this is not a substitute for performance and we will continue to improve our practices.


H&M Group was included in CDP’s 2020 A List for climate, which recognises companies leading on environmental transparency and performance. Of more than 9,600 companies assessed, we were among the 273 companies recognised for climate action work.

Changing Markets Foundation Responsible Viscose Report

We were included as one of 14 frontrunners in Changing Markets Foundation’s 2020 report on where the global textile industry stands in the transition towards responsible viscose.


H&M Group was again featured in the 2020 FTSE4Good Index Series, a responsible investment index that helps investors identify companies demonstrating strong environmental, social and governance standards.

Sustainable Cotton Ranking

H&M Group ranked third in the 2020 Sustainable Cotton Ranking.

Dagens Industri

H&M Group was ranked as the most sustainable consumer goods company in an assessment of listed companies in Sweden by Dagens Industri and Aktuell Hållbarhet in 2020.

Corporate Knights 2020 Global 100

H&M Group has been ranked 27th in Corporate Knights’ annual ranking of the world’s most sustainable corporations, announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. 

Corporate Responsibility Reporting Awards

Our 2019 Sustainability Performance Report was ranked top in the category Best Report award. We reached second place in several other categories: creativity in communication, openness and honesty, as well as best carbon disclosure. We’re very proud of this result and will work to keep this position with rightfully increasing expectations.

Carbon Disclosure Project Climate A-List

H&M Group is included in the Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) 2019 Climate Change. A List that recognises the world’s most pioneering companies leading on environmental transparency and performance.

Ethisphere® Institute

H&M Group was recognised for the ninth time by the Ethisphere® Institute as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies in 2019.

Walking the Talk? Report

According to Stockholm School of Economics 2019 Walking the Talk? Report, which studies the sustainability communications of Sweden’s largest listed companies, H&M Group is among the best companies in “walking the talk”.

PETA Vegan Homeware Awards

H&M Home was awarded the PETA Vegan Homeware Award for Best Wool-Free Rug for its 100% recycled cotton patterned rug from the Conscious Collection in 2019.