Choosing responsible partners
As part of our sourcing strategy, we only allow production for H&M to take place with suppliers and in factories that sign our Code of Conduct and commit to our values. This is the case whether they are owned directly by our suppliers or subcontracted to them. And it remains the case regardless of the price they offer.
New partners must comply with the minimum requirements of our Code from the outset and and must demonstrate the necessary willingness to work towards full compliance. When assessing a potential new partner, we start by providing them with detailed training in the expectations we have of a responsible partner. If, based on this understanding, they continue to show a strong willingness to work with H&M, our commercial sourcing teams often start with a compliance screening process, supported by dedicated tools.
If this first assessment is positive, our auditors conduct an in-depth head audit. They have the authority to make the final decision as to whether a supplier or individual factory fulfils. H&M’s minimum requirements and has the potential for further performance improvements in order to become a long-term partner of H&M.