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  • Overall approach
    2/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Commodity-specific
      0/6
      Beef & Leather
      "H&M group does not want to contribute to deforestation of the Amazon rainforest."
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      UN Global Compact
      H&M Group are signatories of the UN Global Compact.
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "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."
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    37/86
    • Leather
      41/86
      • Commitment Strength
        32/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          18/21
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            8/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            8/10.7
            Type of commitment: Protects priority forests
            "H&M group does not want to contribute to deforestation of the Amazon rainforest. Therefore, we do not allow leather from cattle raised in the Amazon Biome".
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "H&M group does not want to contribute to deforestation of the Amazon rainforest. Therefore, we do not allow leather from cattle raised in the Amazon Biome".
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "H&M group does not want to contribute to deforestation of the Amazon rainforest. Therefore, we do not allow leather from cattle raised in the Amazon Biome".
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "H&M group does not want to contribute to deforestation of the Amazon rainforest. Therefore, we do not allow leather from cattle raised in the Amazon Biome".
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "H&M group does not want to contribute to deforestation of the Amazon rainforest. Therefore, we do not allow leather from cattle raised in the Amazon Biome".
          • Target date
            Current
            2/2
            Target date
            Current
            2/2
            "H&M group does not want to contribute to deforestation of the Amazon rainforest. Therefore, we do not allow leather from cattle raised in the Amazon Biome".
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            "H&M group does not want to contribute to deforestation of the Amazon rainforest. Therefore, we do not allow leather from cattle raised in the Amazon Biome".
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          14/15
          • Commitment details
            downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, checks compliance
            5.3/5.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            downstream company, traces to Processing Facility, checks compliance
            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." Fully traceable is defined as "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 sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "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." Fully traceable is defined as "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 operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "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." Fully traceable is defined as "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 direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "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." Fully traceable is defined as "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 indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "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." Fully traceable is defined as "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
            0.5/2
            Target date
            2025
            0.5/2
            "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." Fully traceable is defined as "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 is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            "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." Fully traceable is defined as "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".
      • Reporting and Implementation
        4/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/3
          • 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
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          HM Group disclose their supplier list through an interactive online map. 
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        5/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          HM Group require their suppliers to ensure their workers' rights to have freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour, and child labour. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          HM Group require their suppliers to not discriminate based on gender. 
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Pulp & Paper
      32/86
      • Commitment Strength
        21/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          12/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Type of commitment: Protects priority forests; Certification
            Certification schemes mentioned: FSC
            "Our goal is to by the end of 2025, only have fibres in our products that originates from FSC certified forests, recycled origin or are made of other fibre alternatives such as agricultural residues."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Our goal is to by the end of 2025, only have fibres in our products that originates from FSC certified forests, recycled origin or are made of other fibre alternatives such as agricultural residues."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "Our goal is to by the end of 2025, only have fibres in our products that originates from FSC certified forests, recycled origin or are made of other fibre alternatives such as agricultural residues."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Our goal is to by the end of 2025, only have fibres in our products that originates from FSC certified forests, recycled origin or are made of other fibre alternatives such as agricultural residues."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "Our goal is to by the end of 2025, only have fibres in our products that originates from FSC certified forests, recycled origin or are made of other fibre alternatives such as agricultural residues."
          • Target date
            2025
            0.3/1.3
            Target date
            2025
            0.3/1.3
            "Our goal is to by the end of 2025, only have fibres in our products that originates from FSC certified forests, recycled origin or are made of other fibre alternatives such as agricultural residues."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Our goal is to by the end of 2025, only have fibres in our products that originates from FSC certified forests, recycled origin or are made of other fibre alternatives such as agricultural residues."
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          10/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Recycled content
            "All of our mail order packaging boxes are made of cardboard with at least 60 percent recycled content."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "All of our mail order packaging boxes are made of cardboard with at least 60 percent recycled content."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
            "All of our mail order packaging boxes are made of cardboard with at least 60 percent recycled content."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "All of our mail order packaging boxes are made of cardboard with at least 60 percent recycled content."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "All of our mail order packaging boxes are made of cardboard with at least 60 percent recycled content."
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            "All of our mail order packaging boxes are made of cardboard with at least 60 percent recycled content."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "All of our mail order packaging boxes are made of cardboard with at least 60 percent recycled content."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        6/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
            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 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
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses supplier list
          4/4
          HM Group disclose their supplier list through an interactive online map. 
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          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."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        5/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          HM Group require their suppliers to ensure their workers' rights to have freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour, and child labour. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          HM Group require their suppliers to not discriminate based on gender. 
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    27/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    5/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    5/16
    Avg. score

Profile

Hennes & Mauritz is a Swedish clothing company. They are mainly known through their own brand H&M, but they also have other brands such as Monki, Weekday, and Cheap Monday in their portfolio. H&M have over 4000 stores in more than 60 countries, and is one of the biggest clothing retailers in the world. Many of their products are made using leather. 

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

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