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Public letter: H&M must stick to the living wage commitment made in 2013

Author: Clean Clothes Campaign, Published on: 19 March 2018

Your company made a ground-breaking and widely publicized commitment in 2013, giving the workers in your supply chain hope for a better future. You committed to paying your workers a living wage by 2018, based on the rightful judgment that governments are acting too slowly when it comes to increasing minimum wages. As the year 2018 has already begun we are very much looking forward to seeing the commitment fulfilled in the following months... We therefore kindly request that you complement your sustainability reports with the following specific information:

  1. Information on the Living Wage pilot projects carried out as part of H&M’s commitment, including concrete factory information, wage level and development through time at each factory, and lessons learned.
  2. Your definition of a “fair living wage” as well as information on the proposed methodology to calculate a “fair wage” and to make sure that it is actually paid.
  3. Based on the above definition, minimum acceptable wage levels – in concrete terms – for all your production countries.
  4. Detailed information about efforts made within existing living wage initiatives such as ACT.
  5. A cost breakdown of the pricing structure, specifying how labour costs are calculated at present and how that is different from before H&M’s living wage commitment was made (including information on how much more H&M is paying to suppliers to ensure that FOB-prices are high enough to pay all workers the “fair wage”).

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