Goals and ambitions

At H&M Group, we consider the needs of present and future generations, and are aware that our entire business must be conducted in a way that is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. This is why we set clear ambitions and bold goals.

Our sustainability work focuses on:

Leading the Change

  • Promote and scale innovation
  • Drive transparency
  • Reward sustainable actions

Circular & Climate Positive

  • Take a circular approach to how products are made and used
  • Use only recycled or other sustainably sourced materials
  • Create a climate-positive value chain

Fair & Equal

  • Provide fair jobs for all
  • Champion inclusion and diversity
“We want to use our size and scale to lead the change towards circular and climate positive fashion while being a fair and equal company."

Anna Gedda, Head of Sustainability

 

We have set several ambitious goals for a sustainable fashion future, and will continue to do so. These are the main ones: 

Climate 

By 2025, H&M Group will reduce: 

  • Electrical intensity (kWh/sqm per opening hour) by 25% (2016 baseline). 
  • Absolute transport-related emissions by 30% (2018 baseline). 

By 2030

  • Source 100% renewable electricity. 
  • Reduce scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 40% (2017 baseline). 
  • Reduce scope 3 GHG emissions from purchased raw materials, fabric production and garments by 59% per product (2017 baseline). 

By 2040

  • Achieve a climate positive value chain — one that creates an overall positive impact on the climate.  
     

Chemicals 

By 2020

  • Achieve zero discharge of hazardous chemicals from our textile and leather supply chain. 
     

Materials 

By 2020

  • Only source 100% sustainable cotton. 
  • Collect 25,000 tonnes of garments a year through our collection initiatives.  

By 2022

  • Only source virgin wool from farms certified to the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS). 

By 2025

  • All wood used in our products and packaging will be made of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified materials, or fibres from alternative sources such as agricultural residues and post-consumer textiles. 
  • To only source from producers of viscose and other MMC fibres that have good environmental practices, such as closed-loop processing of water and chemicals. 
  • All our animal-based leather will be chrome-free and originate from more responsible sources. 

By 2030

  • Only use 100% recycled or other sustainably-sourced materials. 
     

Packaging 

By 2025

  • All packaging designed and produced by the H&M Group will be reusable, recyclable or composted. 
  • Reduce packaging across our value chain by 25% (compared with 2018 baseline). 
  • Reuse or recycle 100% of packaging waste from our own sites.

By 2030

  • 100% of our packaging will be made from recycled or other sustainably-sourced material with a preference for recycled materials. 
     

Water 

By 2020:

  • 100% of the facilities in our own operations will have water-efficient equipment. 

By 2022

  • Reduce water usage in production by 25% (2017 baseline). 
  • Recycle 15% of the total water consumed during production. 

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