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Myanmar operations safe, says H&M

Swedish apparel retailer H&M has expanded its sustainability work in Myanmar.

The company has a local sustainability team working in Myanmar, whose main responsibility is to make sure that every order is placed with the right supplier according to its high standards. The team regularly visits all its suppliers and has meetings with factory management to provide support and follow up on their sustainability performance and competence. Unannounced visits are carried out.

H&M conducts risk analysis to assess both business and sustainability conditions before deciding to source from a particular market. For Myanmar, the analysis included meeting with local civil society, government and industry leaders, visiting factories to gain a better understanding of the working conditions in Myanmar and conducting a thorough internal analysis of opportunities and challenges.

H&M is one of the leading fashion retailers working effectively in the sustainability sector. It has been actively involved in improving working conditions and strengthening workers’ rights in countries where their products are manufactured. It has production in Myanmar as well.

H&M believes its products should be manufactured under good working conditions and with consideration to environment, health and safety. The company has been putting in strong efforts to treat people with respect and to provide workers with good, fair and safe working conditions.