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.
Memberships and collaborations
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 Bangladeshi Ready-Made Garment (RMG) Industry. With this commitment, together with 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. During 2020, the Accord will transition into 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 H&M Group, and IndustrialALL Global Union who represent garment and textile workers from around the globe.
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 the global management of restricted substances in apparel and footwear, communicates information about RSL (restricted substance list) to the supply chain, discusses 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. H&M Group is currently in the Secretariat of the network, having been a member since 2018. The network calls for protection of human rights defenders and civic freedoms, which are under attack across the world.
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. H&M Group 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 that work to change policies, attitudes and behaviour.
BSR Clean Cargo Working Group
The Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG) is a business-to-business leadership initiative organised by BSR (Business for Social Responsibility). The initiative involves major brands, cargo carriers, and freight forwarders dedicated to reducing the environmental impacts of global 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 work with them to ensure our viscose does not contribute to the deforestation of ancient or endangered forests.
CEO Water Mandate
In June 2008, we signed the CEO Water Mandate, a voluntary initiative from the UN Global Compact. The mandate commits H&M Group to improve both our own and our suppliers’ water efficiency, improve wastewater quality and report transparently on our progress.
Chemsec Business Group
H&M Group is 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.
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 (SMEs) and others to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. H&M Group is a Core Partner of the Foundation’s Make Fashion Circular initiative, which works to create a textiles economy fit for the 21st century, and 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.
H&M Group was 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.
The Fashion Pact was initiated in 2019 by the French President Emmanuel Macron together with the fashion group Kering. H&M Group is one of the signatories, aligning our commitments and ambitions on climate, oceans and biodiversity more closely 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 the 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. With a mission 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. The founding group of Strategic Partners are H&M Group, Kering, Target, Sustainable Apparel Coalition and Li & Fung.
Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC)
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 (carriers) and customers of logistics companies (shippers).
Humane Society International (HSI)
The HSI is a global animal protection organisation working 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 is a global service provider that collaborates with H&M Group to collect the textiles from our in-store collection points.
We are one of the few companies in our industry to have signed a Global Framework Agreement (GFA) 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, IFC and H&M Group signed a cooperation agreement 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 institution focused exclusively on the private sector in developing countries. This partnership builds upon the strong commitment and leadership of the H&M Group to increase the share of renewable energy in its own operations.
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, IOM and H&M Group signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote cooperation and mutual assistance in relation to ethical recruitment and protection of migrant workers in global supply chains.
Leather Working Group
Leather products have a relatively high environmental impact because of the use of potentially polluting chemicals in the tanning process. In 2009, we became a member of the Leather Working Group to promote sustainable and appropriate environmental business practices within the leather industry.
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.
Mistra Future Fashion
H&M Group is a member of the Mistra Future Fashion programme — a research programme that has a system perspective on the fashion industry. Its vision is to close the loop on fashion and enable a systemic change in the Swedish fashion industry.
Network for Transport Measures (NTM)
NTM is a non-profit organisation founded in 1993 with the goal of establishing a common base of values on how to calculate the environmental performance for all modes of traffic, including the transport of goods and people.
Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA)
H&M Group was a founding member of the OCA and is 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.
Led by The Climate Group, RE100 is a collaborative, global initiative uniting more than 100 influential businesses committed to 100% renewable electricity and working to massively increase demand for — and delivery of — renewable energy. Companies joining RE100 are strongly encouraged to set a public goal to source 100% of their global electricity consumption from renewable sources.
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.
An independent non-profit expert organisation that provides practical guidance on the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Shift supports and helps governments, businesses and their stakeholders put the UN Guiding Principles into practice. Shift supports us with its expertise (we participate in their business learning programme) and helps 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 with a mission to reduce poverty. In 2014, Sida and the H&M Group signed a memorandum of understanding that focuses on supporting decent jobs and sustainable development opportunities with respect for human rights, at 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.
The Solidaridad Network is an international civil society organisation that facilitates the development of socially responsible, ecologically sound and profitable supply chains. H&M Group and Solidaridad have been working together on several projects, from cotton fields to dyeing mills and sewing factories. In 2014, this resulted in a multi-annual partnership. 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 (BSR) in 2019, the Initiative brings together 15 companies from different sectors working to create more sustainable low-carbon air freight options.
Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC)
As a group of sustainability leaders in the apparel sector, including H&M Group, the Coalition takes a collaborative approach to improve the environmental and social impacts of apparel and footwear products.
Sweden Textile Water Initiative (STWI)
In 2010, H&M Group joined other major Swedish textile and leather brands and the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) to launch the Sweden Textile Water Initiative. The aim of the collective is to gain a better understanding of the water challenges facing the industry and to find the right mechanisms to address them.
Textilbuendnis / Partnership for Sustainable Textiles
H&M Germany is part of the German Federal Government’s initiative aiming to further improve sustainability performance in the fashion industry, the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles.
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. H&M Group has 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. H&M Group became a partner in 2019.
The Pathways Coalition
The Pathways Coalition was formed by E.ON, H&M Group, Scania and Siemens to accelerate decarbonisation of heavy transport. The member companies commit to the vision of the Coalition: to the objective to reach zero CO2 latest by the year 2050; to contribute with real action in the partnership, and to contribute funds in accordance with joint decisions.
Transparency International Sweden
H&M Group has been a corporate supporter member of Transparency International Sweden (TI Sweden) since 2013. TI Sweden is an independent non-profit organisation that, together with 100 national chapters worldwide, is part of the global coalition Transparency International, which combats 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)
H&M Group is a signatory to 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. H&M Group is 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.
2030 Water Resource Group
The 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG) is a public, private, civil society partnership hosted by the World Bank Group. The partnership supports country-level collaboration designed to unite diverse groups with a common interest in the sustainable management of water resources. We started our work together several years ago in Bangladesh and are now exploring how to expand the collaboration further.
Our long-term partnership with WWF enables us to take a more holistic approach to address broader challenges and opportunities, going beyond water to include the climate and strategic dialogue. Starting in 2017, this partnership now includes membership to the WWF Climate Savers.
Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC)
The H&M Group is 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 ZDHC brands, we are engaging with diverse stakeholders to raise the awareness of industry standards and work towards zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in the fashion industry.