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H&M
The brand is owned by:
Hennes & Mauritz Group
General score:
Environment
3 / 7
Social responsibility
2 / 7
Score table
Materials
0.5 / 2
Processing methods
0.5 / 2
Environmental management
0.5 / 1
Packaging
1 / 1
Carbon footprint
0.5 / 1
Labour standards
1 / 4
Social economy
0 / 2
Transparency
1 / 1
H&M is a brand that doesn’t need an introduction. Not everyone knows, though, that H&M has some environmental successes to its credit. In 2012, the share of eco-friendly cotton in its production was 11.4% of the entire cotton use (the rest is conventional cotton). Out of the 11.4%, more than 3% is recycled cotton. H&M also uses other, more environmentally friendly fabrics such as recycled polyester or polyamide and tencell. Since the clothes made of more eco-friendly fabrics can be found in many different spots at H&M stores, it is important to read the labels carefully. Another factor contributing to environmental protection are carrier bags H&M clothes are put in, made of recycled plastic. H&M is also making some effort at the improvement of working conditions in its supply chain. The company is a member of the Fair Labour Association, a multi-stakeholder initiative that performs audits in subcontractors’ factories. Despite the pressure from NGOs, H&M has not yet taken decisive action towards paying the workers at subcontractors’ factories a fair living wage. Recently, H&M has announced a ban on using cotton from Uzbekistan in the brand’s collections, since child labour is used there in cotton farming. Moreover, the brand is working on reducing its carbon footprint: for example, 90% of products are transported by sea or railway and some of the company’s buildings are powered by electric energy produced by solar batteries. Full information about the company’s efforts at environmental protection and improving working conditions in subcontracting factories is published in annual reports available (in English only) on H&M’s official website.
Where to buy?
Stationary shops
Sklepy H&M na terenie całej Polski.
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