Clean Clothes Campaign calls on H&M to commit to providing a living wage to workers in Cambodia

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Company response
11 April 2013

H&M Statement

Author: H&M

H&M does not own any factories and hence, do not pay the textile workers wages. Nevertheless, H&M [are] positive to and welcome wage increases to textile workers in our suppliers’ factories. That is also why we work in partnership with other brands and lobby at a political level for the minimum wage to be high enough for people to live on...We invest significant resources and work actively to help improve conditions long-term for the textile workers in our purchasing countries...[W]e believe that people should be able to live off their wage, and our Code of Conduct has the same level of ambition when it comes to the wage issue as other companies’ codes of conduct: that a statutory minimum wage is the basic requirement, with the aim that this wage shall be possible to live on.

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25 March 2013

'Conscious collection' H&M leaves seamstresses unconscious [Cambodia]

Author: Clean Clothes Campaign

According to the Asia Floor Wage Alliance, a worker and her family in Cambodia need a monthly living wage of 274 USD to cover basic needs, so almost four times the amount of the newly announced minimum wage...Christa Luginbühl from Clean Clothes Campaign says, “H&M claims that their clothes are made with responsibility for people and environment, but hundreds of overworked and malnourished workers faint during their daily work. A fashion collection cannot be “conscious“, “sustainable” or “responsible” if a producer denies garment workers the basic human right for a living wage.”...H&M has the buyer power to improve the working conditions and livelihood of thousands of garment workers. The Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) calls on consumers to join the petition and increase the pressure on H&M and other fashion brands to pay a living wage.

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25 March 2013

Conscious? Not really... [Cambodia]

Author: Clean Clothes Campaign

As H&M launch their latest 'conscious' collection, the Clean Clothes Campaign hits back with its own spoof campaign highlighting the plight of thousands of garment workers suffering from malnutrition who work in factories supplying H&M, amongst others. The spoof which shows Vanessa Paradis, model for H&M, sitting in a leafy garden, surrounded by garment workers, with the text 'H&M Unconscious Collapses, start paying a living wage.' H&M is, alongside Gap, Levis and Zara [part of Inditex], one of the main buyers of the booming Cambodian garment industry. Due to the low wage and consequently low calorie intake, many workers in H&M factories are malnourished.The Clean Clothes Campaign is calling on H&M to live up to it's "conscious", "sustainable" and "responsible" claims and lead the industry by committing to a living wage.

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21 March 2013

H&M releases the Sustainability Report 2012

Author: H&M

Today, H&M published its eleventh Conscious Actions Sustainability Report. Highlights from the report for 2012 are: H&M is one of the first and largest fashion companies in the world to make its supplier factory list public. H&M is the first fashion retailer in the world to launch a global system to collect old clothes and help them to a new life. H&M is the number one user of organic cotton in the world – again. H&M raised the support for higher wages and yearly wage reviews for garment workers during personal meeting between Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, and CEO of H&M, Karl-Johan Persson. Launch of a cutting edge global water stewardship with WWF which is a game changer in the fashion industry taking the whole supply chain into account.

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