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H&M, Inditex in UN push to governments for climate change action Hannah Abdulla | 20 May 20

More than 150 companies including the likes of H&M, Burberry, Inditex, and zipper manufacturer YKK Corp, have backed a UN statement urging governments to align their Covid-19 economic aid and recovery efforts with the latest climate science.

H&M warns of Q2 loss as sales more than halve Hannah Abdulla | 7 May 20

Swedish clothing brand H&M says its sales have fallen 57% between 1 March and 6 May compared with the same period a year earlier and warns its second-quarter will be "loss-making".

Global retail staff and salary reductions amid Covid-19 – Update just-style | 1 May 20

As the impact of the coronavirus pandemic spreads across the apparel and footwear industry, brands and retailers are moving from store closures to worker lay-offs or furloughs, as well as executive pay cuts. Here are the latest:

How brands are tracking labour and safety violations Hannah Abdulla | 24 Apr 20

Seven years after the deadly Rana Plaza factory building collapse in Bangladesh, research suggests that while there has been progress in factory safety, there have also been deteriorations in labour rights and the abuse of female ready-made garment (RMG) factory workers. Here we explore how brands and retailers can ensure workers in factories overseas are being treated fairly – and how predictive analytics can help manage social and labour compliance.

Global retail closures as coronavirus spreads – Update just-style | 15 Apr 20

A raft of apparel and footwear brands and retailers including Next Plc, Primark, H&M, Nike and Gap Inc, are temporarily closing stores and suspending online operations as part of efforts to help limit the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. 

H&M's China recovery paints a bleak picture for retailers Leonie Barrie | 14 Apr 20

An analysis of H&M’s weekly sales in China shows that recovery from the Covid-19 lockdown has been slow, painting a cautionary picture for other retailers post-pandemic.

H&M Q1 profit soars but braces for Covid-19 fallout Beth Wright | 3 Apr 20

Profit at H&M has more than doubled in the first quarter – but the Swedish fashion retailer is bracing itself for the months ahead, with the global Covid-19 pandemic behind a 46% slump in net sales during March.

H&M agrees payment to suppliers for cancelled orders Michelle Russell | 31 Mar 20

Swedish apparel retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) has said it will pay and take delivery of goods already manufactured by its suppliers, as well as those in production.

H&M mulls job cuts as virus impact grows Hannah Abdulla | 24 Mar 20

Swedish fashion retailer H&M Group is mulling job cuts as the global spread of coronavirus continues to impact its operations.

H&M moves to supply protective equipment for hospitals Beth Wright | 23 Mar 20

Swedish fashion retailer H&M Group is mobilising its supply chain to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) to be delivered to hospitals and health care workers to help tackle widespread shortages during the Covid-19 pandemic.

H&M Q1 sales up but more Europe stores to close on virus fears Beth Wright | 16 Mar 20

H&M has reported a rise in first-quarter sales despite a negative impact in the second half from the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, which is taking a toll on the group's sales this month, mainly in Europe where a raft of stores across the region are temporarily closed.

H&M Group to offer access to its global supply chain from sourcing to production Beth Wright | 5 Mar 20

Fashion retailer H&M Group will begin to offer access to its global supply chain as a service to external companies, covering all steps from product development to sourcing, production and logistics.

Former H&M exec Daniel Kulle to lead Forever 21 Beth Wright | 26 Feb 20

Authentic Brands Group (ABG) has named Daniel Kulle, former president of H&M North America, as the new CEO of Forever 21.

H&M Conscious collection to feature Circulose Michelle Russell | 24 Feb 20

Swedish fashion retailer H&M Group is to launch the first collection featuring the newly-patented material Circulose.

Adidas tops sustainable cotton sourcing ranking Michelle Russell | 19 Feb 20

German sportswear giant Adidas has topped the 2020 Sustainable Cotton Ranking, with H&M taking the third spot in the assessment of companies that use a significant amount of cotton.

How The Laboratory is steering H&M Group's sustainable future  Michelle Russell | 18 Feb 20

Set up to test and scale the game-changing concepts that will help drive the fashion industry towards a more sustainable and circular future, H&M Group's The Laboratory innovation hub also aims to challenge the way of thinking within the company – as Laura Coppen, circular and sustainable business developer, explains.

Cambodia urges EU to reconsider partial trade benefit withdrawal Hannah Abdulla | 17 Feb 20

The organisation representing garment manufacturers in Cambodia (GMAC) has urged the European Commission to reconsider its decision to partially suspend the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade benefit under which it exports goods duty-free to the EU.

H&M and Coop join call to end use of PFAS chemicals Leonie Barrie | 7 Feb 20

Fashion giant H&M Group and Danish retailer Coop are joining a call to action to end the use of harmful PFAS chemicals in products and supply chains.

H&M in leadership shake-up as FY profit rises Beth Wright | 30 Jan 20

Increased full-price sales and decreased markdowns have contributed to a rise in both annual and fourth-quarter profit for Swedish apparel retailer H&M amid a leadership shakeup that sees Karl-Johan Persson step down as CEO and Helena Helmersson succeed him.

H&M strategy efforts pay off with FY sales hike Beth Wright | 16 Dec 19

Swedish apparel retailer H&M has booked a rise in both fourth-quarter and full-year group sales as ongoing efforts as part of its transformation strategy continue to pay off.

H&M Group to test subscription rental in China Beth Wright | 9 Dec 19

Retailer H&M Group has partnered with China's largest fashion rental platform YCloset to test subscription rentals in the country, in a move that will allow Chinese consumers to hire apparel from its COS brand.

H&M Group's Weekday creates first garment from IFC fibres Beth Wright | 27 Nov 19

Swedish apparel giant Hennes & Mauritz Group (H&M) says its Weekday brand has become the first globally to create a garment with new sustainable fabric developed by Finnish start-up Infinited Fiber Company (IFC).

H&M pilots custom-made jeans at Weekday brand Beth Wright | 25 Nov 19

Swedish apparel giant Hennes & Mauritz Group (H&M) has tested the viability of custom-made jeans for its Weekday brand as it works to tackle business challenges including reducing returns and excess products, and only making what customers want.

Brands still failing to deliver on responsible viscose sourcing Michelle Russell | 20 Nov 19

A new report has found that while the issue of responsible viscose production is now firmly on the agenda of the fashion industry, there are still brands and retailers failing to deliver on responsible sourcing.

H&M CEO fast fashion comments "misguided" Michelle Russell | 5 Nov 19

H&M Group CEO, Karl-Johan Persson, has been called out by a labour rights group over comments he made in a recent interview warning of the "terrible social consequences" if consumers were to ditch fast fashion amid concerns about the climate crisis.

H&M to trial apparel rental service Beth Wright | 31 Oct 19

H&M has become the latest retailer to enter the rental space, giving consumers in its native Sweden the chance to hire select pieces from its 2012-2019 Conscious Exclusive collections made from more sustainable materials.

H&M suppliers in India take part in GFA workshops Beth Wright | 30 Oct 19

More than 100 Indian suppliers to Swedish fashion retailer H&M have taken part in workshops to discuss the global framework agreement (GFA) that protects the rights of workers who make its products.

H&M and Ikea study chemicals in recycled textiles Beth Wright | 23 Oct 19

A joint study by H&M and Ikea has found the likelihood of finding more restricted chemical substances in recyclable cotton samples is about twice as high compared to pre-consumer cotton samples.

H&M takes majority stake in Sellpy re-commerce platform Beth Wright | 10 Oct 19

H&M Group has taken a majority stake in re-commerce business Sellpy, in a move that will support the platform's international expansion and also aligns with the Swedish fashion retailer's bid to become fully circular.

Apparel brands join forces to tackle global packaging supply chain Beth Wright | 3 Oct 19

Apparel industry heavyweights H&M, VF Corp, Kontoor Brands and Asos are among ten companies that have committed to a new initiative launched by environmental not-for-profit Canopy to transform the impacts of the global packaging supply chain on forests.





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