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At HM, we like to think of sustainability as a word of action, something we do rather than something we simply say. It is an ongoing process with a clear direction to be continuously improved. It is a journey that requires determination, passion and teamwork. Because together with our colleagues, stakeholders, business partners and peers, real, lasting change is possible.
Its about the 3 Ps. People, planet, and profit. All highly interconnected. All equally important. The earth is facing scarcity issues on many fronts. Clean water, energy and cotton, to name a few. Our business is no exception. Our vision is that all our operations should be run in a way that is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. Turning this vision into a reality helps us do great business using fewer resources. It also allows us to contribute to better lives for people and communities around the world.
That is why we have created HM Conscious. With seven ambitious strategic commitments at its heart, this is the name for all the work we do for a more sustainable fashion future. Hundreds of what we call Conscious Actions - big and small, short and long term - work to put these commitments into practice.
H&M Top Ranked For Environmental Efforts
Now our engagement within this field is recognized in a current report, Sustainable Apparel´s Critical Blind Spot, by the Chinese NGO Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE). This is the second report IPE issues on the subject of brands work on pollution in their supply chain in China and brand’s responses to IPE’s questions on this topic. H&M’s dedicated work in China is regarded as a very good case in the industry and we are ranked at the very top of the list.
- This is both evidence of the results we are achieving with the work we are doing in our supply chain and a good case of proactive stakeholder interaction, says Helena Helmersson, Head of Sustainability at H&M.
In their report, IPE declares that H&M is not only using environmental information disclosed by the Chinese government to manage their supply chain. IPE also states that since the release of their first report H&M have made excellent progress and proactively looked into all the cases that IPE raised. H&M have now set a bench-mark for good practice by providing IPE with a quarterly report on results and follow-up actions. IPE hope that other brands could follow these good examples and look forward to more leading work from H&M in the future.
Read the full report here.
Please learn more about how we manage sustainability in H&M´s most recent sustainability report: www.hm.com/consciousactions2011