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Campaign launch: Turn around, H&M!
Author: Clean Clothes Campaign and International Labor Rights Forum, Published on: 1 May 2018
Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) and International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF) are placing the spotlight on H&M. We are asking the brand to turn around and stop heading in the direction of letting down 850,000 workers who are waiting to start receiving living wages – as H&M vowed they would by this year. In its 2013 “Roadmap towards a fair living wage” H&M announced: “H&M's strategic suppliers should have pay structures in place to pay a fair living wage by 2018. By then, this will reach around 850,000 textile workers.”...More than four years after H&M published the roadmap, hundreds of thousands of workers producing H&M’s garments are still not receiving living wages...It is also obvious to anyone who has followed this as closely as we have that H&M is now trying to cover up the original commitment altogether,” says Ineke Zeldenrust of Clean Clothes Campaign. Indeed, instead of fulfilling the commitment, H&M has watered it down yet further. According to the brand’s latest sustainability report, the aim is now for supplier factories to use the Fair Wage Method. Whether or not this actually leads to the workers being paid a living wage by 2018 is not addressed at all in the report. Furthermore, H&M has seemingly purged its website of the documents that specified its original commitment back in 2013.