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30 April 2018

H&M Group launches sustainability report 2017

By Global Fashion Agenda

Our Strategic Partner H&M recently launched its Sustainability Report 2017, which outlines its strong progress towards its vision to lead the change towards a circular and renewable fashion industry. Clothes are and will continue to be an everyday necessity, but today’s fashion industry is too dependent on virgin and non-renewable resources.That’s why H&M group is pushing the development towards a shift to a circular model, where materials are maximised and waste is minimised.

The company is also working towards its ambition to ensure that everyone in its supply chain has access to a fair job. This includes everything from supporting a well-functioning relationship between workers and management to the safety and wellbeing of factory workers, as well as fair living wages. Another important part of H&M group’s sustainability strategy is to identify, invest in and promote sustainable innovations necessary for transforming the fashion industry.

Read more highlights from the H&M group Sustainability Report 2017.

Change is happening through innovation

“Innovation is key to solving many of the challenges the fashion industry is facing. Especially when it comes to accelerating the shift from a linear to a circular model. But it will not be one technology, one innovation, that will do the trick. Instead, it will be several ideas, scientists and companies putting the puzzle together to push the development forward. That’s why we invest in and partner with innovation companies such as re:newcell and Treetotextile,” says Cecilia Brännsten, acting environmental sustainability manager, H&M group.

Highlights of the H&M group Sustainability Report 2017:

1) H&M group used recycled polyester equivalent to 100 million PET bottles.

2) H&M launched its first garments made from recycled shore-line waste, Bionic®, in its annual H&M Conscious Exclusive Collection.

3) H&M group collected almost 18,000 tonnes of textiles through its garment collecting initiative. That is the equivalent of 89 million T-shirts. 61,000 tonnes of textiles have been collected since 2013.

4) 96% of H&M group’s electricity came from renewable sources and the goal is to become climate-positive across the entire value chain by 2040.

5) ARKET launched a new way for customers to filter products based on country of production and material type – increasing the level of customer transparency.

6) 227 supplier factories (representing 40% of the total product volume), covering over 375,000 workers, implemented improved wage management systems, helping to create a dialogue between management and workers on wage-related issues and to ensure that wages take into account skills, experience and responsibilities.

Read the Sustainability Report 2017 executive summary or full report.