Swedish fashion group Hennes & Mauritz has published its list of suppliers in order to offer more transparency, after negative publicity because of the Clean Clothes Campaign due to exploitation of employees in Bangladesh.
Largest buyer of clothes in Bangladesh
H&M is the largest buyer of clothing made in the impoverished Asian country, making the chain susceptible to be brought into incidents in the local clothing industry. That was the case over the last few months when a fire cost the lives of a hundred employees and lately with the death of a union activist.
The Swedish chain says it has nothing to do with these incidents and claims instead it insisted on higher minimum wages in the country. Now the company takes it a step further and it has published all names of its suppliers in Bangladesh and 22 other countries. The list contains 785 suppliers, who control 1798 factories and bring in 95% of all products of H&M.
H&M says in its sustainability report it has screened 96% of all suppliers before even making one order. A quarter of the 485 companies researched were rejected afterwards as a potential business partner.