Brand CasesH&M's Sustainability Work

Publication Date:2017-08-31

Today, fashion is a huge, complex industry but – at its heart – it’s still about turning raw materials (like cotton grown on a farm) into products. It requires natural resources, and does so in a way that can be harmful to the environment.

In China, H&M launched an energy and water efficiency program to transform supply chains towards a more sustainable use of resources. This is achieved by equipping H&M China Suppliers with monitoring and data management tools, training them on sustainable practices, and providing them with technical support.

In 2016, H&M invited ten strategic suppliers to join a pilot project aiming to reduce supply chain resource usage. All the selected suppliers are wet-processing units with significant environmental and social impacts based on an H&M value chain impact mapping. Nine of the suppliers successfully reached their goals, realizing reductions in electricity, steam, water and chemicals use as illustrated below. 

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