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HMs business concept is to offer fashion and quality at the best price. Quality also means that the products have to be manufactured in a way that is environmentally and socially sustainable. Like all HMs activity, our CSR work is based on a drive for continuous improvement.We have a responsibility towards everyone who contributes to our success, including those who are not employees of HM. That is why we work closely with our suppliers to develop a long-term, sustainable social and environmental standard in the factories that manufacture HMs products.We have to ensure that our employees human rights are not violated, and the same applies to employees of our suppliers and other cooperation partners, and to our customers.We apply the precautionary principle in our environmental work and have adopted a preventative approach with the substitution of hazardous chemicals.We strive to use resources as efficiently as possible and to minimise waste. By adopting new technologies and methods, we can work preventatively to minimise our environmental footprint through improved production processes and our choice of materials. We must continuously review the companys goals and strategies to reduce the companys climate impact.Our decisions are based on careful consideration, where shorter or longer-term environmental benefits are weighed up in order to ensure that we choose solutions which are sustainable in the long term.We want to be a good global citizen and act responsibly in our business relations. We take a clear stand against all forms of corruption. We engage in dialogue with all our various stakeholders to build trust in our operations within the environment we rely on for our long-term success.
H&M Puts Ban on Perflourinated Compounds (PFC:s)
(3BL Media) September 4, 2012 - PFC:s are used to achieve water repellent function mainly on outer wear garments, but also on shower curtains, tents, etc. PFC:s are for example harmful for the environment, for reproduction and for aquatic organisms. The alternative fulfils our demands on water repellence and has good environmental and health properties. It can be used on all present fabric qualities used by H&M.
Since 1995, H&M has been working actively to reduce the use and impact of hazardous chemicals. With the help of our Chemical Restrictions, we limit the use of chemicals that are potentially harmful to health or the environment. During 2011 more than 30,000 chemical tests were carried out.
As a leading actor with a well reputed chemicals management approach, H&M teamed up with other fashion and sport brands during 2011 to help lead our industry to zero discharge of hazardous chemicals. As a brand, we have since some time already worked on restricting and phasing out perfluorinated substances, and a full ban on this has been an important part of our individual action plan. H&M is also a part of AFIRM, an international working team of leading companies within the textile and footwear industries, educating the suppliers to achieve good chemical management. The group’s common aim is to reduce the use and impact of harmful substances in the apparel and footwear supply chain.
Please read more in our most recent sustainability report: www.hm.com/
H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB (publ) was founded in Sweden in 1947 and is quoted on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm. The company’s business concept is to offer fashion and quality at the best price. In addition to H&M, the group includes the brands COS, Monki, Weekday and Cheap Monday as well as H&M Home. The H&M Group has approximately 2,600 stores in 44 markets, including franchise markets. In 2011, sales including VAT were SEK 128,810 million and the number of employees is more than 94,000. For further information, visit www.hm.com.