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H&M GROUP'S EXTENSIVE SUSTAINABILITY WORK IN MYANMAR

H&M group is one of the leading fashion retailers globally when it comes to sustainability and have for many years put great efforts to improve working conditions and strengthen workers' rights in the countries where our products are manufactured. Our local presence in the production countries, including Myanmar, is essential in this work.

6 Feb, 2017

It is of utmost importance to us that all our products are made under good working conditions and with consideration to environment, health and safety. We want people to be treated with respect and that our suppliers offer all their workers good, fair and safe working conditions. H&M group is one of the leading fashion retailers globally when it comes to sustainability and have for many years put great efforts to improve working conditions and strengthen workers' rights in the countries where our products are manufactured. Our local presence in the production countries, including Myanmar, is essential in this work.

A recent report on Myanmar raises industry-wide challenges that we have been addressing for many years. A collaborative approach is key to achieve long-lasting improvements and that is why we work close to other brands, organizations, trade unions and workers representatives.

H&M group conducts a risk analysis to assess both business and sustainability conditions before deciding to source from a particular market. For Myanmar, the analysis included: meeting with local civil society, government and industry leaders, visiting factories to gain a better understanding of the working conditions in Myanmar and conducting a thorough internal analysis of opportunities and challenges. This is in addition to our regular requirements for suppliers to sign and comply with our Code of Ethics and strict Sustainability Commitment, which is based on applicable UN and ILO Conventions and Recommendations.

We have a local sustainability team working in Myanmar, whose main responsibility is to make sure that every order is placed with the right supplier according to our high standards. We regularly visit all our suppliers and have meetings with factory management to provide support and follow up on their sustainability performance and competence. When it comes to the suppliers mentioned in the report we carried out a deep follow up of the findings through unannounced visits.

For more information on our extensive sustainability work please visit hm.com/sustainability.

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