H&M and its suppliers commit to not buying cotton from Turkmenistan or Syria

Since December 2015, H&M has a ban on cotton from Turkmenistan and Syria. All suppliers working with H&M have signed a commitment requiring that they don’t buy cotton from Turkmenistan or Syria.

Stockholm, Sweden, 2016-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — The suppliers that do not sign the commitment will not be allowed to work with H&M. H&M has an equivalent ban on cotton from Uzbekistan since 2013.

The reason for this ban is that H&M under no circumstances accepts underage workers and/or forced labor being used anywhere in our value chain, including in cotton cultivation. Unfortunately this is sometimes the case in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan and H&M does therefore not accept conventional cotton from Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan or Syria in our products.

By 2020 at the latest, our goal is that all the cotton we use in our products will come from sustainable sources – organic, recycled or from the Better Cotton initiative – and will therefore be fully traceable.

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