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  • Overall approach
    5/16
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Commodity-specific commitment
      0/6
      Commodities (if applicable): Palm oil; Timber; Pulp & Paper
      H & M have commodity specific commitments for pulp products, timber, and palm oil.
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      Which initiatives?: UN Global Compact; Other intiative

      If Other Initiative, specify:: Canopy Style, Business for Nature
      H & M are members of the UN Global Compact and Canopy Style.
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "Natural carbon sinks. Preserving and utilising existing nature-based mechanisms for absorbing greenhouse gases, for example by protecting valuable biomass (such as rainforests)".
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      0/1
    • High-level management of deforestion
      0/1
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      3/3
      Report LUC emissions
      Yes
      3/3
      Which method is used to calculate the GHG emissions arising from land use change?: not disclosed

      What is the total volume of GHG emissions arising from land use change?: 1,500,000 tonnes
      "H&M Group currently emits 18 million tonnes of carbon emissions a year. Raw materials account for 8-9 per cent of these emissions. These emissions come from land use and the way farmers treat the soil as well as the energy used when chemical companies produce and transport pesticides and fertilisers."
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
  • Commodity score
    22/84
    • Leather
      25/84
      • Commitment Strength
        23/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          13/17
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            8/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            8/10.7
            "H&M group commit to have zero deforestation in our leather supply chain by end of 2025. [...] All tanneries in our supply chain must comply with our Sustainability commitment. [...] By 2025, 100% of all leather used by H&M group will be chrome-free [...] H&M group does not want to contribute to deforestation of the Amazon rainforest. Therefore, we do not allow leather from Brazil [...] * Since deforestation rates in the Brazilian part of the Amazon rainforest is heavily increasing, we have a ban on Brazilian leather until there is a credible system in place to provide reliable assurances that hides/leather used for our products is from cattle that is not contributing to the deforestation of the Amazon."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            "H&M group commit to have zero deforestation in our leather supply chain by end of 2025. [...] All tanneries in our supply chain must comply with our Sustainability commitment. [...] By 2025, 100% of all leather used by H&M group will be chrome-free [...] H&M group does not want to contribute to deforestation of the Amazon rainforest. Therefore, we do not allow leather from Brazil [...] * Since deforestation rates in the Brazilian part of the Amazon rainforest is heavily increasing, we have a ban on Brazilian leather until there is a credible system in place to provide reliable assurances that hides/leather used for our products is from cattle that is not contributing to the deforestation of the Amazon."
          • Target date
            2025
            0.8/2
            Target date
            2025
            0.8/2
            "H&M group commit to have zero deforestation in our leather supply chain by end of 2025. [...] All tanneries in our supply chain must comply with our Sustainability commitment. [...] By 2025, 100% of all leather used by H&M group will be chrome-free [...] H&M group does not want to contribute to deforestation of the Amazon rainforest. Therefore, we do not allow leather from Brazil [...] * Since deforestation rates in the Brazilian part of the Amazon rainforest is heavily increasing, we have a ban on Brazilian leather until there is a credible system in place to provide reliable assurances that hides/leather used for our products is from cattle that is not contributing to the deforestation of the Amazon."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: Current
            "H&M group commit to have zero deforestation in our leather supply chain by end of 2025. [...] All tanneries in our supply chain must comply with our Sustainability commitment. [...] By 2025, 100% of all leather used by H&M group will be chrome-free [...] H&M group does not want to contribute to deforestation of the Amazon rainforest. Therefore, we do not allow leather from Brazil [...] * Since deforestation rates in the Brazilian part of the Amazon rainforest is heavily increasing, we have a ban on Brazilian leather until there is a credible system in place to provide reliable assurances that hides/leather used for our products is from cattle that is not contributing to the deforestation of the Amazon."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          10/11
          • Commitment details
            Traces to Point of production
            5.3/5.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Traces to Point of production
            5.3/5.3
            "By end of 2025, H&M group aim to have all leather originating from fully traceable** and known sources that are certified to a credible standard***; or be made from innovative and more sustainable non-animal sources. [...] Traceability information required is location and name of finishing tannery; Location of pickling, wet-blue, crust tannery if different from the finishing tannery, country and region of the slaughterhouse, and country of origin and region of the farm."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            "By end of 2025, H&M group aim to have all leather originating from fully traceable** and known sources that are certified to a credible standard***; or be made from innovative and more sustainable non-animal sources. [...] Traceability information required is location and name of finishing tannery; Location of pickling, wet-blue, crust tannery if different from the finishing tannery, country and region of the slaughterhouse, and country of origin and region of the farm."
          • Target date
            2025
            0.8/2
            Target date
            2025
            0.8/2
            "By end of 2025, H&M group aim to have all leather originating from fully traceable** and known sources that are certified to a credible standard***; or be made from innovative and more sustainable non-animal sources. [...] Traceability information required is location and name of finishing tannery; Location of pickling, wet-blue, crust tannery if different from the finishing tannery, country and region of the slaughterhouse, and country of origin and region of the farm."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            "By end of 2025, H&M group aim to have all leather originating from fully traceable** and known sources that are certified to a credible standard***; or be made from innovative and more sustainable non-animal sources. [...] Traceability information required is location and name of finishing tannery; Location of pickling, wet-blue, crust tannery if different from the finishing tannery, country and region of the slaughterhouse, and country of origin and region of the farm."
      • Social Considerations
        0/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          No
          0/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          No
          0/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        2/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
            What percentage of the commodity volume in the company's supply chain is traceable to applicable supply chain levels (e.g. direct suppliers/processing facility/production unit)?: 0 not specified
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes report direct suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes report direct suppliers
          2/4
          H & M report their supplier list for all products, including beauty and homeware/hard goods.
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: annually

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems
          "Our starting point is to select suppliers who share our mindset. This helps ensure we are working with business partners that meet or go beyond the minimum requirements of our Sustainability Commitment. We use a system of risk-based audits to monitor and maintain compliance with these requirements. But we do not rely on audits alone to improve the sustainability performance of suppliers. Through our Sustainable Impact Partnership Programme (SIPP) we are building supplier capacity to deliver leading environmental and social practices. Since 2016, we have rolled out SIPP to our suppliers, starting with producers of commercial goods."
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: Yes
          "We terminated business relationships with 5 suppliers as a result of minimum requirement non-compliance issues. – We investigated and closed 28 incidents of potential non-compliance with the Code of Ethics (2018: 47, 2017: 41). These investigations led to terminations or written warnings to employees or business partners in 26 cases (2018: 25, 2017: 27)."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes (engaged); Yes (excluded)
          2/2
          Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes (engaged); Yes (excluded)
          2/2
          Does the company have a list of blacklisted or otherwise excluded suppliers or producers?: No list
          "We terminated business relationships with 5 suppliers as a result of minimum requirement non-compliance issues. – We investigated and closed 28 incidents of potential non-compliance with the Code of Ethics (2018: 47, 2017: 41). These investigations led to terminations or written warnings to employees or business partners in 26 cases (2018: 25, 2017: 27)."
    • Pulp & Paper
      24/84
      • Commitment Strength
        16/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          9/12
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC
            "Ensuring our paper-based packaging excludes fibre sourced from ancient and endangered forests, by the end of 2022.[...] H&M group give preference to FSC certified man-made cellulosic fibre. For fiber from wood originating from countries with tropical rainforest or ancient and/or endangered forests, we require the fibre to be FSC Chain of Custody certified." [...] ""By the end of 2025, all H&M group's man-made cellulosic fiber will be sourced from either; 1) recycled sources; 2) agricultural residues, or; 3) from FSC certified forests"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "Ensuring our paper-based packaging excludes fibre sourced from ancient and endangered forests, by the end of 2022.[...] H&M group give preference to FSC certified man-made cellulosic fibre. For fiber from wood originating from countries with tropical rainforest or ancient and/or endangered forests, we require the fibre to be FSC Chain of Custody certified." [...] ""By the end of 2025, all H&M group’s man-made cellulosic fiber will be sourced from either; 1) recycled sources; 2) agricultural residues, or; 3) from FSC certified forests. H&M will prioritize the use of recycled fibers or fibers from agricultural residues."
          • Target date
            2025
            0.5/1.3
            Target date
            2025
            0.5/1.3
            "Ensuring our paper-based packaging excludes fibre sourced from ancient and endangered forests, by the end of 2022.[...] H&M group give preference to FSC certified man-made cellulosic fibre. For fiber from wood originating from countries with tropical rainforest or ancient and/or endangered forests, we require the fibre to be FSC Chain of Custody certified." [...] ""By the end of 2025, all H&M group’s man-made cellulosic fiber will be sourced from either; 1) recycled sources; 2) agricultural residues, or; 3) from FSC certified forests"
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: 2022
            "Ensuring our paper-based packaging excludes fibre sourced from ancient and endangered forests, by the end of 2022.[...] H&M group give preference to FSC certified man-made cellulosic fibre. For fiber from wood originating from countries with tropical rainforest or ancient and/or endangered forests, we require the fibre to be FSC Chain of Custody certified." [...] ""By the end of 2025, all H&M group’s man-made cellulosic fiber will be sourced from either; 1) recycled sources; 2) agricultural residues, or; 3) from FSC certified forests"
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          7/8
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Recycled content; Reduction of material inputs; Use of alternative fibres
            "By the end of 2025, all H&M group’s man-made cellulosic fiber will be sourced from either; 1) recycled sources; 2) agricultural residues, or; 3) from FSC certified forests. [...] "From 2020, H&M will put in place a preference for purchasing man-made cellulosic with a minimum of 50% of innovative fibre sources, such as recycled sources." [...] "Prioritising innovative packaging design to reduce the amount of material needed"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "By the end of 2025, all H&M group’s man-made cellulosic fiber will be sourced from either; 1) recycled sources; 2) agricultural residues, or; 3) from FSC certified forests. [...] "From 2020, H&M will put in place a preference for purchasing man-made cellulosic with a minimum of 50% of innovative fibre sources, such as recycled sources." [...] "Prioritising innovative packaging design to reduce the amount of material needed"
          • Target date
            2025
            0.5/1.3
            Target date
            2025
            0.5/1.3
            "By the end of 2025, all H&M group’s man-made cellulosic fiber will be sourced from either; 1) recycled sources; 2) agricultural residues, or; 3) from FSC certified forests. [...] "From 2020, H&M will put in place a preference for purchasing man-made cellulosic with a minimum of 50% of innovative fibre sources, such as recycled sources." [...] "Prioritising innovative packaging design to reduce the amount of material needed"
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: Current
            "By the end of 2025, all H&M group’s man-made cellulosic fiber will be sourced from either; 1) recycled sources; 2) agricultural residues, or; 3) from FSC certified forests. [...] "From 2020, H&M will put in place a preference for purchasing man-made cellulosic with a minimum of 50% of innovative fibre sources, such as recycled sources." [...] "Prioritising innovative packaging design to reduce the amount of material needed"
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
            Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
            Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
      • Social Considerations
        2/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          No
          0/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          No
          0/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests/developments/expansions
          2/4
          "Therefore, we, as a supporting partner of Canopy’s Pack4Good Initiative, commit to [...] Request that our suppliers recognize, respect and uphold human rights and acknowledge the right of Indigenous People and rural communities to give or withhold their Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)".
      • Reporting and Implementation
        6/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            "By the end of 2025, all H&M group’s man-made cellulosic fiber will be sourced from either; 1) recycled sources; 2) agricultural residues, or; 3) from FSC certified forests" [...]"78% paper used in packaging is FSC certified."
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
            "By the end of 2025, all H&M group’s man-made cellulosic fiber will be sourced from either; 1) recycled sources; 2) agricultural residues, or; 3) from FSC certified forests" [...]"78% paper used in packaging is FSC certified."
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What initiatives does the company participate in?: RePack

          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings; Providing support/advice/experience/expertise; Providing financial support
          "We partnered with RePack, a Finnish startup that created a reusable packaging model for the textile industry. The repack model re-circulates the same packaging over and over again. After receiving their order, customers will get a discount if they return the packaging, which they can do by drop the Repack into any post box, or Weekday store. The RePack is then cleaned and suitable to use again."
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not disclosed

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems
          "Our starting point is to select suppliers who share our mindset. This helps ensure we are working with business partners that meet or go beyond the minimum requirements of our Sustainability Commitment. We use a system of risk-based audits to monitor and maintain compliance with these requirements. But we do not rely on audits alone to improve the sustainability performance of suppliers. Through our Sustainable Impact Partnership Programme (SIPP) we are building supplier capacity to deliver leading environmental and social practices. Since 2016, we have rolled out SIPP to our suppliers, starting with producers of commercial goods."
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Encouragement - not specified

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: Yes
          Policy specific to pulp & paper - "Encourage our suppliers that are found to be sourcing from Ancient and Endangered forests to change practices and/or re-evaluate our relationship with them"
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes (engaged); Yes (excluded)
          2/2
          Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes (engaged); Yes (excluded)
          2/2
          Does the company have a list of blacklisted or otherwise excluded suppliers or producers?: No list
          "We terminated business relationships with 5 suppliers as a result of minimum requirement non-compliance issues. – We investigated and closed 28 incidents of potential non-compliance with the Code of Ethics (2018: 47, 2017: 41). These investigations led to terminations or written warnings to employees or business partners in 26 cases (2018: 25, 2017: 27)."
    • Palm oil *
      20/84
      • Commitment Strength
        18/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          10/12
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            6/8
            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO
            "H&M group only accept RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm oil) certified** palm oil to be used in our products containing palm oil. For derivatives used in our cosmetic products, H&M group buys RSPO credits to contribute to the development of a more sustainable palm oil production."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "H&M group only accept RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm oil) certified** palm oil to be used in our products containing palm oil. For derivatives used in our cosmetic products, H&M group buys RSPO credits to contribute to the development of a more sustainable palm oil production."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "H&M group only accept RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm oil) certified** palm oil to be used in our products containing palm oil. For derivatives used in our cosmetic products, H&M group buys RSPO credits to contribute to the development of a more sustainable palm oil production."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            "H&M group only accept RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm oil) certified** palm oil to be used in our products containing palm oil. For derivatives used in our cosmetic products, H&M group buys RSPO credits to contribute to the development of a more sustainable palm oil production."
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          8/8
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "H&M group only accept RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm oil) certified** palm oil to be used in our products containing palm oil. For derivatives used in our cosmetic products, H&M group buys RSPO credits to contribute to the development of a more sustainable palm oil production."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "H&M group only accept RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm oil) certified** palm oil to be used in our products containing palm oil. For derivatives used in our cosmetic products, H&M group buys RSPO credits to contribute to the development of a more sustainable palm oil production."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "H&M group only accept RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm oil) certified** palm oil to be used in our products containing palm oil. For derivatives used in our cosmetic products, H&M group buys RSPO credits to contribute to the development of a more sustainable palm oil production."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            "H&M group only accept RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm oil) certified** palm oil to be used in our products containing palm oil. For derivatives used in our cosmetic products, H&M group buys RSPO credits to contribute to the development of a more sustainable palm oil production."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
      • Social Considerations
        0/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          No
          0/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          No
          0/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        2/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes report direct suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes report direct suppliers
          2/4
          H & M report their supplier list for all products, including beauty and homeware/hard goods.
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not disclosed

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems
          "Our starting point is to select suppliers who share our mindset. This helps ensure we are working with business partners that meet or go beyond the minimum requirements of our Sustainability Commitment. We use a system of risk-based audits to monitor and maintain compliance with these requirements. But we do not rely on audits alone to improve the sustainability performance of suppliers. Through our Sustainable Impact Partnership Programme (SIPP) we are building supplier capacity to deliver leading environmental and social practices. Since 2016, we have rolled out SIPP to our suppliers, starting with producers of commercial goods."
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: Yes
          "We terminated business relationships with 5 suppliers as a result of minimum requirement non-compliance issues. – We investigated and closed 28 incidents of potential non-compliance with the Code of Ethics (2018: 47, 2017: 41). These investigations led to terminations or written warnings to employees or business partners in 26 cases (2018: 25, 2017: 27)."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes (engaged); Yes (excluded)
          2/2
          Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes (engaged); Yes (excluded)
          2/2
          Does the company have a list of blacklisted or otherwise excluded suppliers or producers?: No list
          "We terminated business relationships with 5 suppliers as a result of minimum requirement non-compliance issues. – We investigated and closed 28 incidents of potential non-compliance with the Code of Ethics (2018: 47, 2017: 41). These investigations led to terminations or written warnings to employees or business partners in 26 cases (2018: 25, 2017: 27)."
    • Soy *
      18/84
      • Commitment Strength
        17/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          17/17
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross conversion
            10.7/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross conversion
            10.7/10.7
            (For downstream soy companies only) Does the company commitment also apply to hidden/indirect soy?: No

            If Other, specify here: ISCC

            Which certification schemes are used?: RTRS; Other certification
            "For all bio-based materials made from traditional food crops, H&M group requires that the raw material is independently certified to a credible standard* or in other ways verified as being of lower risk from a social, environmental, and land use perspective. * Currently, accepted standards are; Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), Bonsucro, Roundtable of Responsible Soy (RTRS), International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC)."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            "For all bio-based materials made from traditional food crops, H&M group requires that the raw material is independently certified to a credible standard* or in other ways verified as being of lower risk from a social, environmental, and land use perspective. * Currently, accepted standards are; Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), Bonsucro, Roundtable of Responsible Soy (RTRS), International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC)."
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            "For all bio-based materials made from traditional food crops, H&M group requires that the raw material is independently certified to a credible standard* or in other ways verified as being of lower risk from a social, environmental, and land use perspective. * Currently, accepted standards are; Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), Bonsucro, Roundtable of Responsible Soy (RTRS), International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC)."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            "For all bio-based materials made from traditional food crops, H&M group requires that the raw material is independently certified to a credible standard* or in other ways verified as being of lower risk from a social, environmental, and land use perspective. * Currently, accepted standards are; Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), Bonsucro, Roundtable of Responsible Soy (RTRS), International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC)."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/2
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/1
      • Social Considerations
        0/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          No
          0/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          No
          0/4
          Details of commitment: Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        2/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/3
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: No
            "For all bio-based materials made from traditional food crops, H&M group requires that the raw material is independently certified to a credible standard* or in other ways verified as being of lower risk from a social, environmental, and land use perspective. * Currently, accepted standards are; Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), Bonsucro, Roundtable of Responsible Soy (RTRS), International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC)."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes report direct suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes report direct suppliers
          2/4
          H & M report their supplier list for all products, including beauty and homeware/hard goods.
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: annually
          "Our starting point is to select suppliers who share our mindset. This helps ensure we are working with business partners that meet or go beyond the minimum requirements of our Sustainability Commitment. We use a system of risk-based audits to monitor and maintain compliance with these requirements. But we do not rely on audits alone to improve the sustainability performance of suppliers. Through our Sustainable Impact Partnership Programme (SIPP) we are building supplier capacity to deliver leading environmental and social practices. Since 2016, we have rolled out SIPP to our suppliers, starting with producers of commercial goods."
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: Yes
          "We terminated business relationships with 5 suppliers as a result of minimum requirement non-compliance issues. – We investigated and closed 28 incidents of potential non-compliance with the Code of Ethics (2018: 47, 2017: 41). These investigations led to terminations or written warnings to employees or business partners in 26 cases (2018: 25, 2017: 27)."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Timber *
      19/84
      • Commitment Strength
        13/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          13/17
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            8/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            8/10.7
            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC
            "H&M group does not allow any wood or non-timber forest products* used in our products to originate from ancient or endangered forests**, or forests operations damaging high conservation values. [...] H&M group does not allow any wood or non-timber forest products that has been illegally harvested or harvested in violation of traditional and civil rights. [...] H&M group does not allow any wood or non-timber forest products originating from natural forests cleared for plantation or non-forest use. H&M Group Animal Welfare & Material Ethics Policy Valid for all brands and products within the H&M Group [...] For wood originating from countries with tropical rainforest or ancient and/or endangered forests, H&M group require the wood to be certified under the FSC Chain of Custody standard. [...] By the end of 2025, 100% of all virgin wood based material used in our products will be sourced from well-managed and independently certified forests"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            "H&M group does not allow any wood or non-timber forest products* used in our products to originate from ancient or endangered forests**, or forests operations damaging high conservation values. [...] H&M group does not allow any wood or non-timber forest products that has been illegally harvested or harvested in violation of traditional and civil rights. [...] H&M group does not allow any wood or non-timber forest products originating from natural forests cleared for plantation or non-forest use. H&M Group Animal Welfare & Material Ethics Policy Valid for all brands and products within the H&M Group [...] For wood originating from countries with tropical rainforest or ancient and/or endangered forests, H&M group require the wood to be certified under the FSC Chain of Custody standard. [...] By the end of 2025, 100% of all virgin wood based material used in our products will be sourced from well-managed and independently certified forests"
          • Target date
            2025
            0.8/2
            Target date
            2025
            0.8/2
            "H&M group does not allow any wood or non-timber forest products* used in our products to originate from ancient or endangered forests**, or forests operations damaging high conservation values. [...] H&M group does not allow any wood or non-timber forest products that has been illegally harvested or harvested in violation of traditional and civil rights. [...] H&M group does not allow any wood or non-timber forest products originating from natural forests cleared for plantation or non-forest use. H&M Group Animal Welfare & Material Ethics Policy Valid for all brands and products within the H&M Group [...] For wood originating from countries with tropical rainforest or ancient and/or endangered forests, H&M group require the wood to be certified under the FSC Chain of Custody standard. [...] By the end of 2025, 100% of all virgin wood based material used in our products will be sourced from well-managed and independently certified forests"
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: 2020
            "H&M group does not allow any wood or non-timber forest products* used in our products to originate from ancient or endangered forests**, or forests operations damaging high conservation values. [...] H&M group does not allow any wood or non-timber forest products that has been illegally harvested or harvested in violation of traditional and civil rights. [...] H&M group does not allow any wood or non-timber forest products originating from natural forests cleared for plantation or non-forest use. H&M Group Animal Welfare & Material Ethics Policy Valid for all brands and products within the H&M Group [...] For wood originating from countries with tropical rainforest or ancient and/or endangered forests, H&M group require the wood to be certified under the FSC Chain of Custody standard. [...] By the end of 2025, 100% of all virgin wood based material used in our products will be sourced from well-managed and independently certified forests"
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/2
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/1
      • Social Considerations
        0/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          No
          0/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          No
          0/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        7/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          3/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            FSC certification means reporting within their wood supply chain - "For wood originating from countries with tropical rainforest or ancient and/or endangered forests, H&M group require the wood to be certified under the FSC Chain of Custody standard. [...] By the end of 2025, 100% of all virgin wood based material used in our products will be sourced from well-managed and independently certified forests"
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
        • Reporting is independently verified
          2/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes: third-party
            2/2
            FSC certification means validated wood supply chain - "For wood originating from countries with tropical rainforest or ancient and/or endangered forests, H&M group require the wood to be certified under the FSC Chain of Custody standard. [...] By the end of 2025, 100% of all virgin wood based material used in our products will be sourced from well-managed and independently certified forests"
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes for its suppliers only
          3/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: annually

          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems
          "Our starting point is to select suppliers who share our mindset. This helps ensure we are working with business partners that meet or go beyond the minimum requirements of our Sustainability Commitment. We use a system of risk-based audits to monitor and maintain compliance with these requirements. But we do not rely on audits alone to improve the sustainability performance of suppliers. Through our Sustainable Impact Partnership Programme (SIPP) we are building supplier capacity to deliver leading environmental and social practices. Since 2016, we have rolled out SIPP to our suppliers, starting with producers of commercial goods."
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: Yes

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: Non-compliance
          "We terminated business relationships with 5 suppliers as a result of minimum requirement non-compliance issues. – We investigated and closed 28 incidents of potential non-compliance with the Code of Ethics (2018: 47, 2017: 41). These investigations led to terminations or written warnings to employees or business partners in 26 cases (2018: 25, 2017: 27)."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes (engaged); Yes (excluded)
          2/2
          Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          Yes (engaged); Yes (excluded)
          2/2
          Does the company have a list of blacklisted or otherwise excluded suppliers or producers?: No list
          "We terminated business relationships with 5 suppliers as a result of minimum requirement non-compliance issues. – We investigated and closed 28 incidents of potential non-compliance with the Code of Ethics (2018: 47, 2017: 41). These investigations led to terminations or written warnings to employees or business partners in 26 cases (2018: 25, 2017: 27)."
  • * commodity scores for which a company is not a powerbroker are given half the weighting of other commodities in total scores

  • Commitment strength
    18/28
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    4/38
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    1/18
    Avg. score

Profile

Hennes & Mauritz is a Swedish clothing company. It is mainly known through its own brand H&M, but it also has other brands such as Monki, Weekday, and Cheap Monday in its portfolio. H&M has over 4000 stores in more than 60 countries, and is one of the biggest clothing retailers in the world. Many of its products are made using cellulose or leather. H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB is selected as a powerbroker for leather and pulp & paper.

Sector
Industry sector 
Accessories & luggage, Apparel & footwear
Segments
Manufacturer, Retailer
HQ
HQ 
Sweden
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

Top Brands

H&M, COS, Weekday, Monki, H&M Home, ARKET, Afound

How we assess the Forest 500

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