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H&M's response

Author: H&M, Published on: 9 May 2019

...Our position is very clear; we have not and do not intend to move production capacity from other markets to Ethiopia in a “race to the bottom”.

...we currently only work with 9 supplier factories in Ethiopia and our production volume is small, we see potential to further reduce unemployment, raise social and environmental standards and contribute to decent working conditions.

...we have our own production office in Addis Ababa... enabling us to regularly follow-up on our strict sustainability standards with our suppliers, and more importantly, to develop close partnerships with them.

We take seriously any allegations of violations of labour standards and will continue to follow up with suppliers and implement our programs addressing working conditions and workers’ rights. The H&M group works together with the ILO to strengthen industrial relations in the textile industry in Ethiopia...

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