Memberships and collaborations

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 change. Below are some of our global partnerships, memberships and collaborations, in alphabetical order.

Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh (The Accord)

The 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 in Bangladesh. By committing to the agreement alongside other companies, trade unions, employer organisations and the Government of Bangladesh, we can influence and contribute to safe and healthy working conditions in the Bangladeshi textile industry. In 2020, the Accord operations were transferred to the RMG Sustainability Council (RSC).

ACT (Action, Collaboration, Transformation)

ACT is a ground-breaking agreement between 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. ACT was founded by 17 global brands and retailers, including us, and IndustrialALL Global Union, which represents garment and textile workers from around the globe.

AFIRM Group

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.

Better Cotton Initiative (BCI)

BCI is a multi-stakeholder initiative that aims to promote measurable improvements in the environmental and social impacts of cotton production. We are one of the founders of BCI, and one of the biggest users and financial contributors among retailer members. ​

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 60 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.

Better Work

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.

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.

Canopy Style

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 work with them to ensure our​ viscose does not contribute to the deforestation of ancient or 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.

Chemsec Business Group

We are part of the ChemSec Business Group — a collaboration between companies to inspire progress and push for more progressive legislation on the use of toxic chemicals. ​

circular.fashion

circular.fashion supports us in circular product design. We also collaborate on sharing knowledge around the standardisation of digital product passports for circularity.

COVID-19: Action in the Global Garment Industry

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

As a Global Partner of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (a key organisation in support of circular economic systems) and its Circular Economy 100 programme, we are working together with other corporates, governments and cities, academic institutions, emerging innovators, small and medium-sized enterprises and others to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. We are a core partner of the Foundation’s Make Fashion Circular initiative, which works to create a textiles economy fit for the 21st century. We are also a signatory to the Foundation’s New Plastic Economy Commitment, which sets out three major goals in order to establish a sustainable use of plastics.

EP100

We were the first international fashion company to join EP100 after its launch in May 2016. Led by The Climate Group in partnership with the Alliance to Save Energy, EP100 encourages influential businesses to double their energy productivity as part of international efforts to transition to a net-zero economy. By doubling the economic output from every unit of energy consumed, companies set a bold target, demonstrating climate leadership while reaping the benefits of lower energy costs.

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.

Fashion Pact

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.

I:CO

We collaborate with global service provider I:CO on our in-store textile collection initiative.

IndustriALL/IF Metall

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.

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.

Mekong Club

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.

Microfibre Consortium

We are an associate member of the Microfibre Consortium (TMC), which is a non-profit organization working for a better understanding of fibre fragmentation pollution. TMC facilitates the development of practical solutions to minimise fibre fragmentation and release into the environment from textile manufacturing and product lifecycle.

MinShed

We are taking part in MinShed, a project coordinated by the Swedish research institute RISE.  The goal is to help the textile industry design and create clothes made of synthetic fabrics that do not emit microplastics as well as investigating how washing machines and filters can reduce microplastics emissions.

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

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. In collaboration with over 50 members from various industry sectors and NGOs, the Responsible Mica Initiative takes a holistic approach to improve traceability and working conditions in this sector.

Science Based Targets Network

The Science Based Targets Network is a key component of the Global Commons Alliance, a network of organizations working together to positively transform the world’s economic systems and protect the global commons. Its goal is to create the most powerful network to scale science-based action to protect people and planet.

Shift

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. We participate in Shift’s business learning programme to help us improve our human rights management approach.

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.

Solidaridad

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 are working with the SRC to find a way to create a circular fibre system that works within planetary boundaries. ​

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)

We are part of a group of sustainability leaders in the apparel sector that have come together to form the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. The Coalition takes a collaborative approach to improve the environmental and social impacts of apparel and footwear products.

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, an initiative by the country’s Federal Government to further improve sustainability performance in the fashion industry,

Textile Exchange

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

TENT works to support refugees around the world, by partnering with companies to set specific action plans. We became a partner in 2019.

The 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.

The Pathways Coalition

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.

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.

UNFCCC

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.

UNI Global Union

Together with UNI Global, we have formed the H&M Alliance, an annual meeting intended to improve our workplace dialogue where neutrality, freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are acknowledged and enforced.

WWF

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.

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