H&M group’s Animal Welfare Policy

We believe that animals are entitled to humane treatment and to have their basic needs met. This must be respected through the adoption of good animal husbandry, and the fulfilment of our animal welfare requirements.

We recognize the importance of securing our supply of raw materials from an animal welfare perspective through tough requirements and full traceability. The Five Freedoms recommendations on animal welfare set out by the World Organisation by Animal Health (OIE), serves as the guiding principles on all farms used in the production of fibres for H&M group products. In addition, we also have material specific requirements:

Animal hair

  • H&M group does not accept rabbit hair, including angora rabbit hair.
  • H&M will phase out mohair hair by 2020 at the latest.
  • H&M group only accepts hair from living and domesticated animals including but not limited to goat, alpaca, llama, camel, cow, buffalo, yak, horse and pig.
  • H&M group does not allow hair from animals reared in cages for their hair or fur, including but not limited to raccoon, marten, fox, squirrel, sable chinchilla or ferret.
  • No vulnerable or endangered species must be used.

Wool

  • H&M group does not accept mulesing.
  • For wool originating from Australia H&M group require that it is declared as Non-Mulesed wool or Ceased-Mulesed wool according to National Wool Declaration.

Fur

  • H&M group does not accept real fur.

Down and feathers

  • H&M group does not accept down or feathers from live plucked birds or from farms practicing live-plucking.
  • H&M group does not accept down or feathers from farms with force-feeding practices (foie gras).
  • H&M group only accepts down and feathers from slaughtered birds bred for meat production, with an exception of foie gras production.
  • No vulnerable or endangered species must be used.
  • All down and feathers must be sterilized to meet H&M group’s hygienic and clean requirement for down & feather products.
  • Since beginning of 2016, 100% of all virgin down used by H&M group is certified to the Responsible Down Standard (RDS) www.responsibledown.org

Leather

  • H&M group only accepts products made of leather from cow, buffalo, sheep, goat, fish or pig that have been bred for meat production.
  • H&M group does not allow cow, calf or ox leather from India.
  • H&M group does not allow leather from Bangladesh due to poor tannery processes in the country.
  • H&M group does not accept leather from aborted animals, including but not limited to slink, karakul, astrakhan, broadtail, persian lamb, swakara or krimmer.

Exotic skin

  • H&M group does not accept real exotic animal skins, including but not limited to; snake, alligator, crocodile and lizard.

Animal testing

  • H&M group does not accept animal testing on any cosmetic products, either during production or on finished products.
  • We do not allow the use of cosmetic ingredients which have been tested on animals after 11 March 2009 relating to cosmetic ingredient development or cosmetic ingredient safety assessment.

Policies

Here you find the list of our various policies.

Animal Welfare

We care about animal welfare and the protection of endangered species.

Wool standard

Responsible wool standard to improve animal welfare

Sustainability Reports

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