After a temporary pause following a military coup in the country, Swedish fashion retailer H&M has once again started placing new orders with Myanmar suppliers. With this decision, the brand aims to prevent suppliers from closing their factories which would result in unemployment for tens of thousands of workers. It has confirmed the factory does not have any direct links with the Myanmar military and is now seeking legal guidance to handle indirect links.
Shortly after the military seized power, H&M signed a statement committing to the Myanmar and its employees during developments of deep concern. It is known for its fast fashion clothing for men, women, teenagers, and children. As of November 2019, H&M operates in 74 countries with over 5,000 stores under the various company brands, with 126,000 full-time equivalent positions. It is the second-largest global clothing retailer, behind Spain-based Inditex.