Many of the challenges we face today are too complex to tackle alone. By joining a range of organisations and initiatives we can facilitate collaboration, increase our impact, learn and together accelerate positive change. Below are some of our global partnerships, memberships and collaborations, in alphabetical order.
Memberships and collaborations
In Bangladesh, we have been actively collaborating with 2030 Water Resources Group since 2015. Working with WWF, we published Water Governance in Bangladesh – Challenges and Opportunities Around Policy, Institutional Function and Implementation for a Sustainable Water Future, which resulted in a stakeholder consultation to form Bangladesh Water Multi-stakeholder Platform (MSP). 2030 WRG’s advocacy for private sector participation facilitated by the MSP, continues to play a key role in catalysing the public sector’s traditional approach to solving the water challenges of Bangladesh.
ACT (Action, Collaboration, Transformation)
ACT is a ground-breaking agreement between 19 global brands, retailers and trade unions to transform the garment and textile industry and achieve living wages for workers through industry-wide collective bargaining linked to purchasing practices. ACT is the first global commitment on living wages in the sector that provides a framework through which all relevant actors, including brands and retailers, trade unions, manufacturers, and governments, can exercise their responsibility and role in achieving living wages.
The AFIRM Group works to reduce the use and impact of harmful substances in the apparel and footwear supply chain. It provides a forum to advance global management of restricted substances in apparel and footwear, communicate information about restricted substance list (RSL) to the supply chain, discuss concerns, and exchange ideas for improving RSL management.
Alliance for Water Stewardship
We started working with Alliance for Water Stewardship in 2021 to better understand the International Water Stewardship Standard, or AWS Standard, that drives, recognises and rewards good water stewardship performance.
The AWS Standard offers a credible, globally applicable framework for major water users to understand their own water use and impacts, and to work collaboratively and transparently with others for sustainable water management within the wider water catchment context.
Business Network on Civic Freedoms and Human Rights Defenders
The Business Network on Civic Freedoms and Human Rights Defenders is an informal network of companies, convened and facilitated by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, The B Team and The International Service for Human Rights. The Network calls for protection of human rights defenders and civic freedoms, which are under attack across the world. We are currently on the Network’s secretariat, having been a member since 2018.
Better Than Cash Alliance
The Better Than Cash Alliance is a partnership of governments, companies and international organisations that accelerates the transition from cash to digital payments to reduce poverty and drive inclusive growth. Based at the UN, the Alliance has almost 80 members, collaborates closely with other global organisations and is an implementing partner for the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion. We joined the Alliance in 2017.
The International Labour Organization (ILO) started the Better Work programme with the aim of bringing employees and employers together to find solutions to workers’ issues and ensure a sustainable labour market. We collaborate on in-country programmes in Cambodia (Better Factories Cambodia), Indonesia and Vietnam. These programmes include assessments, training, advocacy and research in order to change policies, attitudes and behaviour.
Business Call to Action
Business Call to Action recognises and advances inclusive businesses that have a clear commitment to benefiting people in low and middle-income markets to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. We joined in February 2014 and committed to providing training to 5,000 people in our supply chain by 2016. In 2020, we renewed our membership and committed to strengthen inclusion and diversity in our supply chain through a project at 40 textile factories in Turkey, helping them to employ foreign workers.
Business for Nature is a global coalition that brings together business and conservation organisations and forward-thinking companies. Together, we demonstrate credible business leadership on nature and amplify a powerful leading business voice calling for governments to adopt policies to reverse nature loss this decade. We are part of the Strategic Advisory Group and provide input on direction and focus areas to help drive actions across nature, climate and development agendas.
The Centre for Child Rights and Business supports companies to deliver improvements within their supply chains that benefit workers, families and children. We are a member of their working group and have engaged in various initiatives over the years.
Clean Cargo Working Group
The Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG) is a business-to-business leadership initiative organised by Business for Social Responsibility. The initiative involves major brands, cargo carriers, and freight forwarders dedicated to reducing the environmental impacts of goods transportation and promoting responsible shipping.
The Canada-based NGO Canopy works with the forest industry’s biggest customers and their suppliers to develop business solutions that protect the world’s ancient and endangered forest.
We are a founding member of their Canopy Style initiative that aims to bring the fashion industry together to support the transformation of the man-made cellulosic supply chain to next-generation solutions.
We also work with them on Pack4Good, a project that works towards reducing packaging waste and ensuring packaging is free from wood from world’s ancient and endangered forests.
CEO Water Mandate
The CEO Water Mandate is a UN Global Compact initiative that mobilises business leaders on water, sanitation and the Sustainable Development Goals. Endorsers of the CEO Water Mandate commit to continuous progress against six core elements of stewardship and in so doing understand and manage their own water risks.
COVID-19: Action in the Global Garment Industry (Call to Action)
COVID-19: Action in the Global Garment Industry aims to catalyse action from across the global garment industry to support manufacturers to survive the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and to protect garment workers’ income, health and employment. This global action also calls for work on sustainable systems of social protection for a more just and resilient garment industry.
Ellen MacArthur Foundation
We are a strategic partner of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation‘s (EMF) network that brings together businesses, innovators, universities, and thought leaders to build and scale a circular economy. Additionally, we are a core partner of EMF’s Make Fashion Circular initiative, which works to create a textiles economy fit for the 21st century. We are also a signatory to their New Plastic Economy Commitment, which sets out three major goals in order to establish a sustainable use of plastics packaging and have signed the UN Treaty for Plastic pollution, an initiative founded by WWF and EMF.
Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI)
We were accepted as a full ETI member in 2016 after two years as a foundation stage member. The ETI is a leading alliance of companies, trade unions and NGOs that promotes respect for workers’ rights around the globe. It offers a platform for collaborating with peers and stakeholders to collectively and strategically address concerns and issues in our supply chain.
The Fashion Pact was initiated in 2019 by the French President Emmanuel Macron together with the fashion group Kering. We are one of the signatories, aligning our commitments and ambitions on climate, oceans and biodiversity with several other brands in the fashion and textile industry.
The Global Deal
The Global Deal is an initiative that was launched by the Swedish Prime Minister in cooperation with the OECD and the ILO in 2016 to address challenges in global labour markets. The initiative focuses on sound industrial relations and social dialogue to contribute to decent work, quality jobs and increased productivity and, by extension, to greater equality and inclusive growth.
Global Fashion Agenda
Global Fashion Agenda is a global non-profit initiative founded by the Danish Fashion Institute in 2016 that wants to make sustainability fashionable. Its aim is to mobilise the global fashion system to change the way we produce, market and consume fashion, for a world beyond next season. In collaboration with its group of Strategic Partners, Global Fashion Agenda leads the global sustainability conversation. We were one of the founding strategic partners, alongside Kering, Target, Sustainable Apparel Coalition and Li & Fung.
Global Logistics Emissions Council
Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC) is a voluntary partnership of companies, industry associations and green freight programmes backed by governments and other stakeholders. Together, we developed the GLEC Framework for logistics emissions accounting and reporting.
Green Freight Asia
Green Freight Asia is a network of Asian road freight companies working together to improve fuel efficiency, reduce CO2 emissions, and lower logistics costs across the entire supply chain. The group is made up of large, medium, and small logistics companies and customers of logistics companies.
Humane Society International (HSI)
The HSI works to protect animals around the world, including animals in laboratories, farm animals, companion animals and wildlife. As a fashion company, it is crucial we work together to protect animal welfare across our industry.
We are one of the few companies in our industry to have signed a Global Framework Agreement with IndustriALL Global Union and Swedish trade union IF Metall. The agreement is based on a shared conviction that collaboration between the parties in the labour market is crucial for lasting improvements for garment workers and to support good industrial relations. IndustriALL and IF Metall are key partners in a project carried out under partnership agreements with the ILO and Sida.
Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is an independent body that aims to strengthen the science-policy interface for biodiversity and ecosystem services for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, long-term human well-being and sustainable development.
International Accord for Health and Safety in the Garment and Textile Industry (The International Accord)
The International Accord is a legally binding agreement between global brands, retailers and trade unions designed to build a safe and healthy ready-made garment (RMG) industry. By committing to the agreement, we continue to contribute to safe and healthy working conditions in the Bangladeshi textile industry by supporting the independent RMG Sustainability Council (RSC). Signatories also commit to explore how trade unions and brands, together with other national and industry stakeholders, can strengthen health and safety in other production countries. This is based on the principles and standards of the previous fire and building safety Accords of 2013 and 2018, which H&M Group also signed.
International Finance Cooperation (IFC)
In 2017, we signed a cooperation agreement with IFC to develop a Low-Carbon Roadmap for our global supply chain to be implemented over the next 10 to 15 years. IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development organisation focused exclusively on the private sector in developing countries.
International Labour Organization (ILO)
We partner with the ILO to improve global, national and enterprise labour relations; strengthening legal frameworks and institutional capacities for labour inspection and dispute resolution, and supporting the formulation of sound policies for strengthening work-place dialogue and wages.
International Organisation for Migration (IOM)
The IOM is the leading inter-governmental organisation in the field of migration and combats all forms of exploitation and abuse of migrant workers. In 2019, we signed a Memorandum of Understanding with IOM to promote cooperation and mutual assistance in relation to ethical recruitment and protection of migrant workers in global supply chains.
International Platform for Insetting
The International Platform for Insetting is a collaborative membership organisation supporting businesses with implementing effective and scalable nature-based solutions along their value chains.
The Mekong Club uses an association model to bring four industry-specific working groups together, including Banking, Manufacturing, Hospitality and Retail to end modern slavery in global supply chains.
Network for Transport Measures (NTM)
NTM is a non-profit organisation that aims to establish a common base of values to calculate the environmental performance for all modes of traffic, including the transport of goods and people.
Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA)
We were a founding member of OCA and we continue to be actively involved in further strengthening the supply, demand and integrity of organic cotton. The OCA’s mission is to build a fair, robust organic cotton market that promotes transparency and traceability and makes it easier for farmers to switch to organic production.
RE100 is a global initiative bringing together the world’s most influential businesses committed to 100% renewable electricity. Led by the Climate Group and in partnership with CDP, their mission is to accelerate change towards renewable power.
Responsible Mica Initiative
Mica is the name for a group of minerals used in cosmetic products. Mica mining is prone to labour abuses including poor working conditions and child labour. The Responsible Mica Initiative is a global coalition for action – putting policy into practice – comprised of over 70 members from various sectors and NGOs. The ambition is to establish a fair, responsible and sustainable mica supply chain in the states of Jharkhand and Bihar in India that will eliminate unacceptable working conditions and eradicate child labor by 2030.
Shift is an independent, non-profit organisation that provides practical guidance on implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. It supports and helps governments, businesses and their stakeholders put these principles into practice.
Sida and Swedish Leadership for Sustainable Development
The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) is a government agency that aims to reduce poverty. In 2014, we signed a memorandum of understanding with Sida to support decent jobs and sustainable development opportunities with respect for human rights, on a programme and policy level depending on the country and region.
Social & Labour Convergence Program (SLCP)
SLCP is a joint initiative between manufacturers, brands, retailers, industry groups, (inter)governmental organisations, service providers and civil society organisations to develop a simple, unified and effective industry-wide assessment framework for evaluating efforts to improve working conditions.
It is a non-profit multi-stakeholder initiative that aims to eliminate audit fatigue in global supply chains. SLCP provides the tools and system for a high-quality comparable data set on working conditions that can be used by all industry stakeholders. This increases transparency in supply chains, reduces the need for social audits and ultimately allows users to redeploy resources into improving working conditions.
The Solidaridad Network is an international civil society organisation that facilitates the development of socially responsible, ecologically sound and profitable supply chains. We have been working together on several projects, around cotton fields, dyeing mills and sewing factories. Our aim is to further improve social and environmental conditions in the supply chain and find better ways to support sustainability in the fashion industry. For example, we have developed and launched the cleaner production program “Better Mill Initiative (BMI)” in China. The BMI supports dyeing and printing mills’ transition to cleaner production in textile wet processing.
Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC)
The SRC researches how to improve social-ecological systems, in particular their ability to deal with change while developing. As part of our research project with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, we worked with the SRC on a report called Fashion within Boundaries, which was launched in 2021.
Sustainable Air Freight Initiative
Established by Business for Social Responsibility in 2019, this initiative brings together 15 companies from different sectors working to create more sustainable low-carbon air freight options.
Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC)
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) is a global multi-stakeholder nonprofit alliance for the consumer goods industry. H&M Group is a founding member of the Coalition and in 2021 achieved Leader+ status. The SAC is made up of more than 270 leading apparel, footwear and textile, brands, retailers, suppliers, service providers, trade associations, nonprofits, NGOs and academic institutions working to reduce environmental impact and promote social justice throughout the global value chain.
Taskforce on Nature-Related Financial Disclosures informal working group
The Taskforce on Nature-Related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) is a global initiative that aims to give financial institutions and companies a complete picture of their environmental risks. Better information will allow these organisations to incorporate nature-related risks and opportunities into their decision-making processes. In 2023, the TNFD will deliver a framework for organisations to report and act on evolving nature-related risks to support a shift in global financial flows toward nature-positive outcomes.
Textilbuendnis / Partnership for Sustainable Textiles
H&M Germany is part of the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles, a multi-stakeholder initiative by the country’s Federal Government to further improve sustainability performance in the fashion industry,
Textile Exchange is a global non-profit organisation that works closely with all sectors of the textile supply chain to find the best ways to minimise the industry’s negative impacts on water, soil, air, animals and people. We have been a member of Textile Exchange since 2004.
TENT works to support refugees around the world, by partnering with companies to set specific action plans. We became a partner in 2019 and in 2021, we joined the Refugee Women Mentorship Initiative, led by Tent Partnership for Refugees and Catalyst. The initiative focuses on mentoring refugee women to enhance their opportunities to enter into employment.
The Pathways Coalition
Transparency International Sweden
We have been a corporate supporter of Transparency International Sweden (TI Sweden) since 2013. TI Sweden is part of a global coalition that works to combat corruption in all forms.
UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Indonesia
UNFPA is the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency. Its mission is to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.
UN Global Compact (UNGC)
We have signed the United Nations Global Compact. The Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with 10 universally accepted principles concerning human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.
Founded at the UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland (COP24), the UNFCCC has formed a fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action. We are one of the signatories together with other leading fashion brands, retailers, supplier organisations and others.
We have been working with UNICEF, the United Nation’s agency working to support child rights since 2004. Alongside donations to UNICEF – both from our customers and H&M Group – we have collaborated on child rights guidelines for the manufacturing industry, various internal training courses on child rights and updating our Responsible AI guidelines from child rights perspective.
UNI Global Union
We have a Global Alliance with UNI Global Union, which is an an ongoing dialogue to clearly express our mutual commitments of acknowledging and enforcing neutrality, freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining. Jointly, we work to the best interest of our employees and our business, which are inextricably linked with each other.
Unstereotype Alliance is an industry-led initiative convened by UN Women to end the harmful gender stereotyping in marketing and communications. The the alliance aims to use communication and advertising as a force for good and to drive positive change all over the world. The alliance contributes to empowering people in all their diversity (race, class, age, ability, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, language, education, etc.) to help create an equal world. We joined in 2021 for a three-year partnership involving all our brands.
Value Change Initiative
The Value Change Initiative is a multi-stakeholder forum bringing together some of the world’s largest companies, leading civil society actors and internationally recognised frameworks to collectively define how to address and account for greenhouse gas emission reductions across global value chains.
World Economic Forum Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders
We joined the Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders, to work side-by-side with governments in a joint public-private effort to accelerate the transition to a net-zero economy through credible cross-sector collaboration. The Alliance encourages all business leaders to set science-based targets to halve emissions by 2030 and reach net-zero by 2050 as well as to provide transparency on emissions and their financial impact in line with the recommendations of, for example, the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures.
World Economic Forum Partnering for Racial Justice
As one of the founding members of the World Economic Forum’s Partnering for Racial Justice in Business, we have a seat on the advisory group/steering committee and the working group. The partnership’s overarching aim is to implement a compliant and harmonised global approach to data collection. We hope to create a common language that establishes standards and universal principles for becoming an anti-racist organisation.
We have worked with WWF since 2017. We share the vision of a sustainable future for people and nature. Our partnership works across water, climate and biodiversity to address the key environmental impacts of our value chain and beyond. By working together, we want to lead the fashion industry to operating in ways that keep our planet safe.
Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC)
We are an active member of the ZDHC group. This programme takes a holistic approach to tackle the issue of hazardous chemicals in the global textile and footwear value chain. Together with other brands, we are working with different stakeholders to raise awareness of industry standards and work towards zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in the fashion industry.
We founded the Pathways Coalition along with E.ON, Scania and Siemens to accelerate the decarbonisation of heavy transport. Members of the coalition are committed to reach fossil-free commercial transport by 2050 at the latest.