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Michelle Russell | 22 Mar 2017

First feedback on last week's launch of the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark has welcomed the move – but warns against drawing conclusions too quickly and highlights a number of critical issues such as the quality and credibility of information, governance and price pressures.


Mike Flanagan | 27 Feb 2017

It is not just alleged Asian sweatshops where there are widespread wage abuses, Mike Flanagan reminds us. But is the British government concentrating too much on headline-grabbing mistakes at high street retailers in its "name and shame" campaign against abuse at home?


Jeremy Mullins | 5 Jan 2017

As the global clothing and textile industry looks towards a 2017 where trade relations are unpredictable, fast fashion giant Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) invited stakeholders to an event in Myanmar – attended by just-style – to look at how to maintain stability on the factory front by improving labour relations.


Michelle Russell | 19 Dec 2016

Instead of our regular roundup of the most-read stories on just-style during the week, we thought a fitting end to the year would be to take a look at the top news stories on just-style in 2016. Cutting edge innovations, Africa growth, Brexit, worker safety, key apparel and footwear trends, and minimum wages were just some of the issues that made the headlines.

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Michelle Russell | 30 Apr 2014

The latest sustainability report released earlier this month by Swedish apparel retailer H&M Hennes & Mauritz highlights the group's achievements over the last year. Helena Helmersson, head of sustainability for H&M, spoke with just-style about the company's major milestones, including closed loop clothing, collaboration, and the group's African sourcing plans.


Kitty So | 20 Feb 2014

As safety inspections on more than 1,500 garment factories supplying a group of mainly European retailers get underway this week, just-style speaks with Brad Loewen, the top safety official overseeing the effort.

Latest News

Beth Wright | 28 Jun 2018

H&M remains optimistic about both the year ahead and the future of the whole group despite what CEO Karl-Johan Persson called a "tough" first-half with unsatisfactory sales in the second quarter.


Michelle Russell | 15 Jun 2018

Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) has booked its second straight quarter of flat sales growth as the Swedish fashion retailer battles with slowing store traffic.


Beth Wright | 5 Jun 2018

Swedish fast-fashion retailer H&M has partnered with UK augmented reality software developer HoloMe Technologies on a project designed to allow online shoppers to view garments from its Monki brand in 3D using holograms. 


Michelle Russell | 1 Jun 2018

Walmart, H&M and Gap Inc have all come under fire from a global coalition of trade unions, worker rights and human rights organisations that claim women who work in Asian factories making clothes for the companies are at daily risk of assault, sexual abuse and other harassment.


Beth Wright | 1 Jun 2018

The world’s top ten apparel brands have grown in value by 5% year-on-year and are now worth US$111.3bn, according to the 2018 Brandz Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brand rankings.


Michelle Russell | 23 May 2018

A group of fashion and textile companies, including H&M and Vaude, are collaborating on a project to produce more sustainable fibres for commercial use by using renewable feedstocks and bio-based technologies.


Michelle Russell | 2 May 2018

Fashion retail giants Arcadia Group, Inditex, Gap Inc and Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) have all committed to ensuring their products are mohair-free following an investigation into the industry in South Africa by animal rights group PETA.


Michelle Russell | 1 May 2018

Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) has reaffirmed its position on paying a living wage to workers in its supply chain, as a new campaign claims the Swedish fashion retailer is failing to honour its commitment to do so.


Michelle Russell | 20 Apr 2018

Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) says 450,000 textile workers at 227 of its Bangladesh factories are now represented by a democratically-elected representative.


Beth Wright | 20 Apr 2018

Top stories this week on just-style include the news that US President Donald Trump may explore the possibility of re-joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Better Buying and the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) are to collaborate on an 18-month programme to tackle buying practices in Bangladesh, Nike develops what it claims is the first 3D-printed textile upper in performance footwear, and H&M launches a pilot to educate consumers on garment care.


Michelle Russell | 16 Apr 2018

Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) has launched a pilot project aimed at educating consumers on how to prolong the lifespan of their garments.


Michelle Russell | 13 Apr 2018

The Clean Clothes Campaign has blasted Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) for making what it says are "bold claims" in its latest sustainability report about progress on fair jobs and the living wage.


Michelle Russell | 27 Mar 2018

Kering, Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) and Li & Fung are amongst a group of industry heavyweights backing new guidance to help fashion CEOs decide where to focus their sustainability efforts in 2018.


Beth Wright | 27 Mar 2018

Shares in H&M were down by more than 6% this morning (27 March) as the Swedish fast fashion retailer booked a drop in first-quarter profit and revenue and identified four priority action areas – including supply chain – within which its transformation work will continue with "full force".


Beth Wright | 23 Mar 2018

A new technology that converts leftovers from food crop harvests such as flaxseeds, sugar cane and pineapples to make sustainable bio-textiles has won the largest slice of an EUR1m (US$1.24m) grant backed by Swedish fashion giant H&M.


Beth Wright | 15 Mar 2018

Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) has reported the group's first-quarter sales including VAT were unchanged in local currencies compared to the same quarter of the previous year.


Beth Wright | 14 Mar 2018

Custom-made clothes produced from decomposable mushroom roots, sustainable bio-textiles made from leftovers from food crop harvests, and a dissolvable thread are just some of the winners of the third EUR1m (US$1.24m) Global Change Award.


Michelle Russell | 15 Feb 2018

Swedish fast fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) saw its shares drop by nearly 6% yesterday (14 February) after revealing it expects comparable store sales to continue to slide this year, with a prediction of a 2019 rebound failing to reassure investors.


Beth Wright | 13 Feb 2018

Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) has introduced new sustainable materials including recycled silver and Econyl, a 100% regenerated fibre from fishnets and other nylon waste, into the latest offering from its eco-friendly Conscious line.


Beth Wright | 5 Feb 2018

Non-profit H&M Foundation has hailed its first years during which it managed to achieve "remarkably ambitious goals" and invested SEK60m (US$7.6m) into three of its four focus areas as the organisation moves into its second phase.


Beth Wright | 31 Jan 2018

Swedish fashion retailer H&M has identified three action areas in the wake of a disappointing full-year and fourth-quarter performance, including further investment in its supply chain and the launch of a discount fashion site later this year.


Beth Wright | 25 Jan 2018

Kering has been named the most sustainable corporation in the textile, apparel and luxury sector, according to a new index published at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this week.

Latest blogs

Leonie Barrie | 25 Sep 2015

Nike and Wal-Mart have used the annual Climate Week in New York to pledge to source 100% of their electricity from renewable energy, joining H&M and M&S as part of the RE100 campaign.


Michelle Russell | 21 Sep 2015

just-style has just launched an exciting offer for registered members: A full-year subscription with a saving of over one third on the usual price AND a free, 33-page report on how to develop a comprehensive sourcing strategy, by vendor, country and overseas representation.

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