At H&M Group, we want to speak in an open and transparent way about key industry-wide challenges, like fair jobs, fair living wages, industrial relations and human rights’ protection along the value chain, and share our experience in these areas.
As a large global company, we have a responsibility for the near 1.6 million textile workers employed by our suppliers. And we believe it’s fundamental that all workers are treated with respect and that they can enjoy a safe and healthy workplace.
All textile workers have the right to a fair living wage, and we will continue to use our size to bring about lasting change. Improving wages is a challenge that concerns the whole industry, and we need to take it on collectively and to scale — and encourage others to do the same. That’s why we have a clear strategy to create the best preconditions for fair living wages.
That all factories producing for H&M Group should be absolutely safe, and workers should feel safe at their everyday workplace are key concerns for H&M Group, and we have always seen it as our responsibility to actively contribute to safe workplaces within the textile industry.
Being ethical is about doing the right thing. And by that we mean things like respecting laws and regulations wherever we operate, paying taxes accordingly and taking a clear stance against corruption. Beyond that, it also means respecting human rights and embracing diversity and inclusion.
H&M Group’s approach to human rights is based on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and the recognition that while states have a duty to protect human rights, companies have a responsibility to respect them.