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H&M response to Clean Clothes Campaign letter (18 Mar 2018)

Author: H&M, Published on: 2 May 2018

Back in 2013, when our Fair Living Wage strategy was launched, our vision clearly stated: “Even though our strategy initially focuses on the suppliers we work with, we want to see change throughout the industry; all workers at textile factories, regardless of who is the buyer, should earn a fair living wage”. In this we share the same ambition. However, as we are sure you are also aware from our previous conversations, our understanding of the best approach by which to achieve a fair living wage is somewhat different. We developed our strategy in consultation with key stakeholders such as the ILO and the global trade union organisation IndustriALL, and in response to your 2nd and 3rd point the conclusion of these consultations - that informed our strategy - was that as living wage is an industrywide issue joint solution negotiated by the actors in the industry in a country have the greatest potential to stand the test of time and to be enforced in practice than any top down or single brand solution from afar. H&M group has a clear role to play to facilitate the payment of living wages, but we have always been clear that there are many factors beyond our control involved and that we depend on shared responsibility for the vision to be achieved. This said, we have a unique position and a responsibility through our size and scale to influence change on factory, industry and country level. Our fair living wage strategy was developed with this in mind and focus on different areas and levels... 

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This is a response from the following companies: H&M