All our first-tier suppliers sign our Sustainability Commitment before producing for H&M and we monitor their compliance with it. We aim for our suppliers to increasingly take ownership for ensuring good working conditions and environmental performance. Since the launch of our Sustainability Commitment we work even more with promoting ownership amongst our suppliers, encouraging them to take responsibility of their own sustainability work. We support them in a number of ways, including the provision of training and capacity building. We also help them to develop and improve management systems that will avoid non-compliance on an ongoing basis. Our primary focus is on our strategic suppliers, which are our best suppliers in terms of sustainability.
A supplier may own different factories. In some cases, suppliers may also subcontract other factories for certain tasks. All factories in which production for H&M takes place, no matter if directly contracted or subcontracted must comply with our Sustainability Commitment before entering a business relationship with H&M.