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H&M's response

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

Freedom of association is core to our social sustainability work globally as well as locally in Bangladesh. We work to strengthen freedom of association through the Global Framework Agreement with IndustriALL and the Swedish trade union IF Metall, created with the purpose to strengthen industrial relations.  Hence, we always take incidents of lay-offs of workers very seriously and investigate the reasons behind. In this case, we are in dialogue with local partners through our National Monitoring Committee in Bangladesh which consists of H&M Group colleagues and trade union representatives that are affiliated with IndustriALL. We have confirmed that the maternity benefits as well as termination benefits have been paid. We are still investigating the specifics of this incident in dialogue with IndustriALL.

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