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.