Blog: Leonie BarrieH&M takes matters into its own hands

Leonie Barrie | 2 December 2013

Frustrated by slow progress towards the process of implementing fair living wages in the apparel supply chain, Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz has decided to take matters into its own hands.

The company last week set out plans to pay a fair living wage to some 850,000 workers in its clothing supply chain by 2018 - a move that in its own words "takes the wage issue to the next level."

Working in Bangladesh and Cambodia with three of its best suppliers, H&M will look at the best way to implement a living wage that covers workers' basic needs. This will then be rolled out to 750 factories producing around 60% of its products over the next five years.

H&M has also joined IC Companys, owner of the Tiger of Sweden, By Malene Birger and Peak Performance brands, in banning the use of angora in all of its products after an investigation by animal rights group PETA exposed "shocking" conditions in the industry.

Having spent the past two years building up massive cotton stockpiles that now account for around half of the world's supply, the Chinese government last week began selling off some of its reserves. But with the sale priced about 50% higher than this year's average, it is unlikely to have a major impact on the market.

Hong Kong-based quality cotton shirt manufacturer Esquel Group has successfully navigated the Chinese cotton issue, as its vice chairman and CEO John Cheh told just-style in an interview. He also explained how the group continues to grow, sustain and innovate.

But controversy continues to be generated by the cotton harvest in Uzbekistan, where 11 people are said to have died this year. The Central Asia country, which is one of the largest exporters of cotton in the world, continued to use forced and child labour in its harvest, according to a new report.

New research has also been released on the inexpensive private label apparel market, coming to the conclusion that growth is ending as the sector becomes less and less competitive.

BLOG

US border tax a contentious issue

Fresh from their disappointment at seeing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade deal abandoned last month with an executive order by President Donald Trump, the US apparel and footwear sector...

NEWS

Bangladesh government steps in over labour crackdown

The Bangladesh government has responded to pressure over its crackdown on labour activists after a number of global brands and retailers pulled out of this week's Dhaka Apparel Summit in protest....

BLOG

Primark's sustainable cotton programme takes shape

With the ultimate aim of ensuring all the cotton in its products is sourced sustainably, value clothing retailer Primark is adamant that having a business model focused on offering the lowest prices o...

BLOG

Trump administration starts to shake up trade

Last week we marked the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States by taking a closer look at what's at stake for the textile and apparel trade – especially his promises t...

NEWS

Gildan books sales and profit hike in Q4

Apparel maker Gildan Activewear has booked a rise in both earnings and revenue in its fourth-quarter, thanks to growing sales in its printwear and branded apparel businesses....

BLOG

Likely shifts in the sourcing landscape in 2017

Continuing our look at what lies ahead for the apparel industry and its supply chain in 2017, the panel of industry experts consulted by just-style last week tackled likely shifts in the sourcing land...

just-style homepage



Forgot your password?