In In­dia

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With fo­cus on In­dia, the re­port men­tioned that in 2017, it worked to­gether with Or­ganic Cot­ton Ac­cel­er­a­tor (OCA) on pro­to­type sourc­ing pi­lots in In­dia in which it col­lab­o­rates with one spin­ning mill to carry out farmer ca­pac­ity build­ing and to im­prove sup­ply chain trans­parency. The brand is found­ing part­ner of OCA. It be­comes more im­por­tant as H&M is work­ing to elim­i­nate Man­made Cel­lu­losic Fi­bres (MMC) – vis­cose, rayon and ly­ocell de­rived from an­cient or en­dan­gered forests and try­ing to re­place them with sus­tain­ably-sourced al­ter­na­tives. As of Oc­to­ber 2017, 25% of the MMC fab­ric sup­ply chain (in­clud­ing rayon, vis­cose, ly­ocell and modal) has been au­dited and clas­si­fied as low risk for sourc­ing wood from an­cient and en­dan­gered forests or other con­tro­ver­sial sources.

Its in­dus­trial re­la­tions and work­place di­a­logue pro­grammes also in­creased in 2017. Wheras, work­place di­a­logue train­ing in 34 fac­to­ries across In­dia reached up to 24,000 work­ers, its 28 sup­plier fac­to­ries are im­ple­ment­ing the Fair Wage Method, reach­ing 27,620 work­ers. In­ter­est­ingly, Cam­bo­dia and In­done­sia cov­ered less fac­to­ries but more work­ers in these pro­grammes.

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