Swedish giant H&M has become the first fashion retailer to make its supplier factory list public, as the company heads towards total transparency about its sourcing. Revealed in its latest Sustainability Report, the supplier list includes the name and location of the fashion chains factories in 23 countries across Europe, the Far East, and South Asia, which account for around 95 percent of its total production volume.
H&M introduces transparency with supplier list
By publishing the list, H&M aims to make the fashion industry a more transparent and ultimately a more sustainable business, as well as highlighted to its customers that everything designed and manufactured by the chain is done so responsible.
Commenting on the report, Helena Helmersson, Head of Sustainability at H&M said: “Being one of the biggest fashion companies puts high demand on our sustainability work and we take this responsibility seriously.
“There are a number of things that stand out such as being the biggest user of organic cotton in the world, being the first fashion retailer to launch a garment collecting initiative globally and promoting transparency by disclosing our supplier factory list.”
Other highlights in the eleventh Conscious Actions Sustainability Report included the retailer being named the number one user of organic cotton in the world for the second year in a row. More than 11.4 percent of the cotton came from more sustainable sources, with 7.8 percent certified organic cotton and 3.6 percent as part of its Better Cotton initiative.
The chain also became the first fashion retailer to launch a global system to collection old clothes, to help reduce the amount of fashion that ends up in landfills, and in attempt to close the textile loop by making clothes out of them by recycling.
“We are proud of the achievements we have made during the year. We are transparent about the progress we make and the report is an important part of that. Our customers should feel confident that everything they buy from H&M is designed, manufactured and handled with responsibility for people and the environment,” added Karl-Johan Persson, CEO at H&M.
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