Case studies

Examples of our sustainability work

Read how we work with sustainability at H&M.

Fire safety in Bangladesh

Fire safety is a major issue in Bangladeshi garment factories. Poor electrical installations and bad maintenance often create significant fire hazards. In order to make a safe workplace the norm throughout the sector, we think that it is essential to involve all  stakeholders such as the government, industry organisations, trade unions and other brands. Read more about fire safety in Bangladesh.

H&M Incentive Program

In order to show our appreciation of our employees, H&M has started an incentive programme for all employees. The programme was initiated in 2011 with a donation from Stefan Persson Family, of approximately 4 million H&M shares with a value of approximately SEK 1 billion (based on the share price on 6 September 2010) to the Swedish foundation Stiftelsen H&M Incentive Program. Read more.

Joint ban on sandblasting

Sandblasting is a technique used to give garments, in particular denim, a used or worn-out look. Media reports drew attention to studies that highlighted serious health risks to workers from unprotected use of this technique. In 2010 H&M together with Levi Strauss & Co. enforced a ban on sandblasting for all products and we encourage others to do the same. Read more.

Joining forces with others

The sustainability challenges within the global retail business affect everyone in the industry. These challenges are often universal issues that no company can solve on its own. We also often share suppliers with other retail brands. Collaborating with industry peers can therefore help to increase the level of influence we have on a particular issue where working alone we would have less influence. Read more here.

Towards higher wages in Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, the government does not review minimum wage levels regularly and systems for employees to negotiate directly with their employers are generally not sufficient. That’s why in 2010 H&M took the initiative to address this issue with the Bangladeshi government. Read more.

Carrier bags made from recycled material

Our studies showed that recycled plastic is the best material for carrier bags from an environmental perspective. That’s why in 2010 we switched to recycled material for all of our standard plastic consumer bags. Surprised? Find out more.

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