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Company Response

19 Jul 2022

H&M's response to allegations of abuses in Myanmar garment factories

H&M Group remains deeply concerned about the situation in Myanmar and is continuously conducting thorough due diligence. We are aware of increased challenges in relation to fundamental human rights, such as freedom of association, and we have raised this concern with suppliers as well as trade unions, brands and human rights organizations.

In each of the cases raised by the BHRRC, we were informed directly and were able to react immediately to seek a solution. All issues reported to us, with the exception of one case that we are actively working on, have already been resolved, often thanks to close cooperation between local trade unions, our suppliers and the local H&M Group team at the production office in Yangon. Our team is closely and regularly following up with suppliers to ensure that any violations are identified and appropriately remedied.

In this difficult and complex situation, we cannot stress enough the importance that all stakeholders work closely together to tackle any issues. Partnership and transparency are key.

[The full response is attached]

Part of the following timelines

Myanmar: Two workers allegedly arrested by the military at backpack factory; incl. co. response

Myanmar: Garment workers at backpack factory report workers' rights violations in factory, incl. salary cuts, denial of leave & abuse from supervisors; incl. co. response

Myanmar: Workers at Myanmar Jiale Fashion garment factory report labour rights violations incl. forced overtime, increased targets, & suppression of unions; incl. co. response

Myanmar: 86 garment workers reportedly dismissed from H&M & C&A supplier without full compensation; incl. co. responses

Myanmar: 2000 garment workers at Jiu Sheng (Myanmar) garment factory allegedly owed full compensation after factory closure; incl. co. response

Myanmar: Three workers allegedly die of COVID-19 at K-Won & MICC garment factory, due to inadequate COVID-19 preventative measures; incl. co. response

Myanmar: Workers at Sunrise Myanmar garment factory reportedly face labour violations incl. abuse towards women workers, wage exploitation & denial of leave; incl. co. responses