H&M Group Sustainability Report 2017
A company that is truly walking on the path of sustainability, H&M has been very transparent in sharing its sustainable goals and milestones. With 4,739 stores in 69 markets and e-commerce in 43 markets, H&M’s products are made in 1,668 supplier factories around the world that employ over 1.6 million people, of which 62% are women. The Group has more than 1,71,000 colleagues (employees) around the world, of which 76% are females.
Interestingly, 72% of management positions are filled by female employees. The brand was the biggest buyer of Better Cotton (in 2016), second largest user of organic cotton as well as the second largest user of recycled cotton
(in 2017). The Group’s Sustainability Report 2017 has many interesting and motivational inputs on its initiatives, progress, strategies and further targets. Apparel Online has picked up some of the interesting elements from this 100-page exhaustive report…
“We are, of course aware that our strategy is very ambitious and the solutions needed to achieve some of our goals are simply not in place yet. However, a company of our size and scale has a responsibility as well as a great opportunity to lead the change towards a more sustainable fashion and design industry.”
– Anna Gedda, Head, Sustainability, H&M Group