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H&M takes steps to improve working conditions in supply chain by encouraging trade unions within factories

Author: Fibre2Fashion, Published on: 24 May 2017

"H&M initiates steps to improve working conditions", 24 May 2017

H&M group has initiated several steps to improve working conditions of workers making H&M products at its suppliers. One of its major goals has been to ensure that factory employees are represented by trade unions to negotiate collectively...This is fundamental to be able to improve working conditions, including wages, it said and added 290 factories are enrolled in the workplace dialogue and industrial relations programmes while more than 370,000 factory workers are directly covered by democratically elected worker representation through its programmes run in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Ethiopia and India. ...The group is also trying to make sure that wage issues are negotiated and that workers have knowledge about their wage, benefits and rights...In a bid to herald change in the entire fashion industry, the group is focusing on close collaborations...."We have collaboration projects together with partners such as Sida, the ILO and IF Metall to train management and workers"...The group is also engaging national governments, which set minimum wages and decide on labour laws and when wage revisions take place, on creating change within the textile industry...

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