A Movement To Reform Fashion
2-3-21 – H&M has not agreed to Action 2: Keep Workers Safe. The brand has not signed onto the Severance Guarantee Fund and has not met our demand for direct relief for workers. Through correspondence with our campaign, the company claims it’s working to get direct relief to garment workers impacted by the pandemic through the ILO Call to Action, but the Call to Action has to date released a staggeringly insufficient sum of money (less than $200 million to just four countries) to workers after eleven months of existence. Although H&M says it has donated over $2 million to what it calls “Covid implications,” it’s unclear how much of that money went to garment workers, much less to direct relief for food and other necessities.
2-1-21 – H&M has failed to Keep Workers Safe. Jeyasre Kathiravel, a 20-year-old garment worker at an H&M supplier factory in Tamil Nadu, India was allegedly raped and murdered by her supervisor. Factory union leaders and labor rights groups, including the Asia Floor Wage Alliance, say that Jeyasre was being harassed for months prior to her death, and that H&M failed to intervene to protect her against gender-based violence.
4-1-20 – After cancelling or postponing orders worth at least $170 million in Bangladesh alone, H&M reverses its position and agrees to #PayUp for all completed and in-process orders placed before the pandemic on time and in full. The company was among the first to make a public commitment to #PayUp.
KEEP WORKERS SAFE