Letter from our Head of Sustainability

Leyla Ertur, Head of Sustainability, H&M Group
Leyla Ertur, Head of Sustainability, H&M Group

As the world faces significant and ongoing social, environmental and economic challenges, the actions we take to transform our business and our industry are more important than ever. Alongside others in our sector, we must continue to accelerate our efforts to reduce emissions in line with science and decouple our growth from resource use. As we make this journey, we must also contribute to a just transition for the millions who rely on the fashion industry for their livelihoods. I am convinced that brands placing sustainability at their core will be better prepared to meet the evolving requirements of customers and legislators, as well as making vital contributions to a better future for the people and the planet.

Our goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040, now verified by the Science Based Targets initiative, is a central part of this ambition and a foundation to our sustainability strategy. We are committed to reducing our climate impact in order to play our part in addressing the climate crisis, and have so far reached reductions of 10% in scopes 1 and 2 and 8% in scope 3 emissions from our 2019 baseline. To push ourselves further and faster, we are increasing efforts to decarbonise our value chain — including investing in projects to support our suppliers in reducing their own emissions.

Developing the processes and infrastructure to scale circular options for our customers is an important lever to reach our climate goals. This year, our use of recycled materials accelerated, reaching 23% (up from 18%) and contributing to a total of 84% recycled or other more sustainably sourced materials in our collections. H&M also integrated an assortment from Sellpy into its website, as part of our effort to normalise second-hand shopping. You will find more examples and details on how we are putting our circularity ambition into action in this report.

Our efforts to positively impact the people involved in our value chain are equally as important as our actions to reduce our environmental footprint. We’re continuing to work with our suppliers to improve social dialogue, gender equality and wages for their workers, as well as increasing the scope of our detailed supply chain wages disclosure. We recognise the deep interrelationship between people and the planet, building strong links to social impacts across our environmental strategies — including through our Water Strategy 2030 and our updated materials vision.

I hope you enjoy reading our 2022 Sustainability Disclosure, which marks our 20th year of sustainability reporting. We welcome open dialogue and collaboration on the road ahead to meet the many shared challenges of our industry and our world.

Leyla Ertur

Head of Sustainability, H&M Group