We are working to raise awareness among workers through initiatives like our Workers’ Awareness Film Project.
Another reason is that affordable healthcare is often not available if factories do not provide it to workers. A survey we conducted among workers in three factories showed that workers spend over 200 taka (around USD 2.80) each month on healthcare for themselves and their families – a significant sum for many of them.
As a result of this finding, we have teamed up with USAID’s project, Smiling Sun, and our suppliers to offer healthcare to workers and their families for a low fee of 10 taka (USD 0.14) at 320 clinics run by Smiling Sun in over 60 Bangladeshi districts. The supplier and H&M will contribute an additional 20 taka each. The project started in November 2010 and we aim to have 10,000 workers signed up for the programme by the end of 2011.
H&M supports the fight against drugs
H&M supports and donates money to the international organisation Mentor. This organisation works to prevent the use and abuse of all harmful addictive substances, whether legal or illegal, among children and young people. It focuses mainly on identifying the most promising and proven approaches to preventing drug use and then spreading this knowledge to the organisations that work directly with children and young people in risk areas. Mentor co-operates with the World Health Organization (WHO) and others.
Find out more about Mentor.