Memberships & collaborations

Memberships & collaborations

Many of the challenges we face today are of a complex nature. Collaborating with others is one key to tackle these. Being member to a range of selected organisations and initiatives helps us to facilitate collaboration, increase our impact, learn and jointly achieve systemic change. Here are some of our global partnerships, memberships and collaborations in alphabetical order.

Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh (The Accord)     

The Accord is a legally-binding agreement between global brands, retailers and trade unions designed to build a safe and healthy Bangladeshi Ready Made Garment (RMG) Industry. With this commitment together with other companies, trade unions, employer organisations and the Government of Bangladesh, we are able to influence and contribute to safe and healthy working conditions in the textile industry in the country.

ACT (Action, Collaboration, Transformation) is a ground-breaking agreement between global brands/retailers and trade unions to transform the garment and textile industry and achieve living wages for workers through industry-wide collective bargaining linked to purchasing practices. ACT is the first global commitment on living wages in the sector that provides a framework through which all relevant actors, including brands and retailers, trade unions, manufacturers, and governments, can exercise their responsibility and role in achieving living wages. ACT has been founded by seventeen global brands and retailers, including H&M group, and IndustrialALL Global Union representing garment and textile workers from around the globe.  

The AFIRM Group works to reduce the use and impact of harmful substances in the apparel and footwear supply chain. It provides a forum to advance the global management of restricted substances in apparel and footwear, communicate information about RSL to the supply chain, discuss concerns, and exchange ideas for improving RSL management.


Better Cotton Initiative (BCI)
is a multi-stakeholder initiative that aims to promote measurable improvements in the environmental and social impacts of cotton production. We are one of the founders of BCI, and one of the biggest user and financial contributors among retailer members.​

Business Call to Action

Launched in 2008, the Business Call to Action (BCtA) is a global membership platform that encourages private sector companies to develop innovative business models that combine profitability with development impact, in support of the sustainable development goals. Business Call to Action is supported by five key donor governments and is based at the United Nations Development Programme

Better Than Cash Alliance   
The Better Than Cash Alliance is a partnership of governments, companies and international organizations that accelerates the transition from cash to digital payments in order to reduce poverty and drive inclusive growth. Based at the UN, the Alliance has 60 members, collaborates closely with other global organizations, and is an implementing partner for the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion. H&M group has joined the Alliance in 2017.


Better Work
The International Labour Organization (ILO) started the Better Work programme with the aim of bringing employees and employers together to find solutions to workers’ issues and ensure a sustainable labour market. We collaborate on in-country programmes in Cambodia (Better Factories Cambodia), Indonesia and Vietnam. These programmes include assessments, training, advocacy and research that work to change policies, attitudes and behaviour.

BSR Clean Cargo Working Group
Driven under the roof of BSR (Business for Social Responsibility), the Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG) is a business-to-business leadership initiative involving major brands, cargo carriers, and freight forwarders dedicated to reducing the environmental impacts of global goods transportation and promoting responsible shipping.

Canopy​ Style
The Canada-based NGO Canopy works with the forest industry’s biggest customers and their suppliers to develop business solutions that protect the world’s ancient and endangered forest.​ We work with them to ensure our​ viscose does not contribute to the deforestation of ancient or endangered forests.​

CEO Water Mandate
In June 2008, we signed the CEO Water Mandate, a voluntary initiative from the UN Global Compact. The mandate commits H&M group to improve both our own and our suppliers’ water efficiency, improve wastewater quality and report transparently on our progress. 

Chemsec Business Group
H&M group is part of the ChemSec business group — a collaboration between companies to inspire progress and push for legislation in the reduction in the use of toxic chemicals.​

Circular Fibres Initiative
This Ellen MacArthur Foundation initiative was launched in 2017, and brings the industry together with the aim of a new system for textiles which is based on the principles of a circular economy instead of the traditional linear one.

Clean Shipping Index
The Clean Shipping Index aims to improve the environmental performance of the shipping industry. We have been part of this non-for profit network for a number of years and promote the usage of the index amongst our shipping partners.

Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute
We are partner in the Cradle to Cradle Fashion+ collective, along with several other brands, designers and suppliers. Together, we are working to improve the sustainability and circularity of materials used in the fashion industry.​

Ellen MacArthur Foundation
As a Global Partner of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (a key organisation in support of circular economic systems) and its Circular Economy 100 programme, we are working together with other company corporates, governments and cities, academic institutions, emerging innovators, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and others to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. 

H&M group isthe first international fashion company to join EP100 since its launch in May 2016. Led by The Climate Group in partnership with the Alliance to Save Energy, EP100 encourages influential businesses to double their energy productivity as part of international efforts to transition to a net-zero economy. By doubling the economic output from every unit of energy consumed, companies set a bold target, demonstrating climate leadership while reaping the benefits of lower energy costs.

Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI)
We were accepted as a full ETI member in 2016 after two years as a foundation stage member. The ETI is a leading alliance of companies, trade unions and NGOs that promotes respect for workers’ rights around the globe. It offers a platform for collaborating with peers and stakeholders to collectively and strategically address concerns and issues in our supply chain.


Fair Wage Network (FWN)
The FWN is a partner to support the implementation of wage management systems in our supply chain. The Fair Wage Network developed its so called Fair Wage Method and works to improve wage management systems in factories and to enhance collaboration between relevant actors involving brands, NGOs, factory management, workers’ representatives and researchers.

Global Fashion Agenda
Global Fashion Agenda is a global non-profit initiative founded by the Danish Fashion Institute in 2016. With a mission to make sustainability fashionable, its aim is to mobilise the global fashion system to change the way we produce, market and consume fashion, for a world beyond next season. In collaboration with its group of Strategic Partners, Global Fashion Agenda leads the global sustainability conversation. The founding group of Strategic Partners are H&M group, Kering, Target, Sustainable Apparel Coalition and Li & Fung.

Humane Society International (HSI)
The HSI is a global animal protection organisation. It is crucial we work together to protect animal welfare across our industry. Through a collective approach – both with Humane Society International and other stakeholders we can push our industry forward.

I:CO is a global service provider that collaborates with H&M group to collect the textiles from our garment collecting initiative in our stores.

IndustriALL/IF Metall
H&M group is one of few companies in our industry which has signed a Global Framework Agreement (GFA) with IndustriALL Global Union and Swedish trade union IF Metall. The agreement is based on a shared conviction that collaboration between the parties on the labour market is crucial for lasting improvements for the garment workers and the creation of well-functioning industrial relations. IndustriALL and IF Metall are also key partners in the project carried out under partnership agreements with the ILO and Sida.

International Finance Cooperation (IFC)
In 2017, IFC and H&M group signed a cooperation agreement to develop a Low-Carbon Roadmap for our global supply chain to be implemented over the next 10 to 15 years. IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector in developing countries. This partnership builds upon the strong commitment and leadership of the H&M group to increase the share of renewable energy in its own operations.

We partner with the International Labour Organization (ILO) to improve global, national and enterprise labour relations; strengthening legal frameworks and institutional capacities for labour inspection and dispute resolution; and supporting the formulation of sound policies for strengthening work-place dialogue and wages.


Leather Working Group
Leather products have a relatively high environmental impact, for instance due to the use of polluting chemicals in the tanning process. In 2009, we joined the Leather Working Group, which promotes sustainable and appropriate environmental business practices within the footwear leather industry.


​Mistra Future Fashion
H&M group is a member of the Mistra Future Fashion programme​ — a research programme that has a ‘system perspective’ on the fashion industry. Its vision is to close the loop on fashion and enable a systemic change in the Swedish fashion industry.​

Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA)
H&M group was as a founding member of the Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA) and is actively involved in further strengthening the supply, demand and the integrity of organic cotton. The OCA’s mission is to build a fair, robust organic cotton market that promotes transparency and traceability, and makes it easier for farmers to switch to organic production.

Led by The Climate Group, RE100 is a collaborative, global initiative uniting more than 100 influential businesses committed to 100% renewable electricity, working to massively increase demand for - and delivery of - renewable energy. Companies joining RE100 are strongly encouraged to set a public goal to source 100% of their global electricity consumption from renewable sources.


An independent non-profit expert organisation that provides practical guidance on the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. They support and help governments, businesses and their stakeholders put the UN Guiding Principles into practice. Shift supports us with their expertise (we participate in their business learning programme) and helps us improve in our human rights management approach.

Sida and Swedish Leadership for Sustainable Dvelopment
The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) is a government agency with a mission to reduce poverty. In 2014, Sida and the H&M group signed a memorandum of understanding that focuses on supporting decent jobs and sustainable development opportunities with respect for human rights, both at a programme level and policy level depending on the country and region.

Social & Labour Convergence Project (SLCP)
Social & Labour Convergence Project (SLCP), an initiative led by the world's leading manufacturers, brands, retailers, industry groups, (inter)governmental organisations, service providers, and civil society organisations, continues to make progress towards its mission. This pioneering project seeks to develop a simple, unified and effective industry-wide assessment framwork that stakeholders' efforts to improve working conditions in the global apparel and footwear supply chain. 

H&M group and Solidaridad have been working together in several projects, from cotton fields to dyeing mills and sewing factories. In 2014 this resulted in a multi-annual partnership. Our aim is to further improve social and environmental conditions in the supply chain and finding better ways to support sustainability in the fashion industry. For example, we have developed and launched the cleaner production program “Better Mill Initiative (BMI)” in China. The BMI supports dyeing and printing mills around cleaner production in textile wet processing. Learn more about Solidaridad and BMI.

Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC)
The Stockholm Resilience Centre researches how to improve social-ecological systems, in particular their ability​ to deal with change and continue to develop. As part of our research project with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, we are working with the SRC to find a way to create a circular fiber system that works within planetary boundaries.​

Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC)

As a group of sustainability leaders in the apparel sector, including H&M group, the coalition works on a collaborative approach to improve the environmental and social impacts of apparel and footwear products. Read more.

Sustainable Development Goals Fund
The Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDG-F) is a new development cooperation mechanism created in 2014 by UNDP, on behalf of the UN system, to support sustainable development activities through joint programmes on country level implemented by UN agencies and other stakeholders. To better align public-private partnerships for sustainable development, the SDG Fund has established a Private Sector Advisory Group, formed by business leaders of major companies from various industries worldwide. These leaders are helping the SDG Fund to build a roadmap for how public-private alliances can provide large-scale solutions for achieving the new SDGs. The Advisory Group is committed to identifying areas of common interest and deciphering the best methods of UN-Private Sector engagement.

Sweden Textile Water Initiative (STWI)
In 2010, H&M group joined other major Swedish textile and leather brands and the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) to launch the Sweden Textile Water Initiative. The aim of the collective was to gain a better under- standing of the water challenges facing the industry and to find the right mechanisms to address them.


Textile Exchange
Textile Exchange is a global non-profit organisation that works closely with all sectors of the textile supply chain to find the best ways to minimize the industry’s negative impacts on water, soil, air, animals and people. H&M group has been a member of Textile Exchange since 2004.

The Global Deal
The Global Deal is an initiative that was launched by the Swedish Prime Minister in cooperation with the OECD and the ILO in 2016 to address challenges in the global labour markets. The partnership focuses on sound industrial relations and social dialogue as a means to contribute to decent work, quality jobs and increased productivity and by extension to greater equality and inclusive growth. H&M group is a partner of the Global Deal in line with our Fair Jobs and Industrial Relations strategy.

Transparency International Sweden
H&M group is a corporate supporter member of Transparency International Sweden (TI Sweden) since 2013. Transparency International Sweden is an independent non-for-profit organisation that, together with a hundred national chapters worldwide, is part of the global coalition Transparency International, which combats corruption in all forms.

UN Global Compact (UNGC)
H&M group is a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact. The Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with 10 universally accepted principles concerning human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Read more here. 



UNI Global Union
Together with UNI Global, we have formed the H&M Alliance, an annual meeting intended to improve our workplace dialogue where neutrality, freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are acknowledged and enforced.

Our long-term partnership with the WWF enables us to take on a more holistic approach to address broader challenges and opportunities, going beyond water to also include climate and strategic dialogue. Starting from 2017 this partnership is now also including membership in the WWF Climate Savers.

Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC)
The H&M group is detox-committed and an active part of the ZDHC group. This programme takes a holistic approach to tackling the issue of hazardous chemicals in the global textile and footwear value chain. Together with other ZDHC brands, we are engaging with diverse stakeholders to raise the awareness of industry standards and work collaboratively for change towards zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in the fashion industry.

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