H&M Group Sus­tain­abil­ity Re­port 2017

Apparel Online - - Sustainability -

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

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