We’ve had the amazing chance to talk to Dan Mejia, Head of Communications and Press at H&M in the Philippines. We talk about the 3 pillars of the H&M sustainability strategy – leading the change, circular and climate positive, and fair and equal. We go into depth about the different circular business models and how H&M’s cotton supply is almost 100% responsibly sourced. We explore how H&M are changing the market by being the first to disclose supplier information. We also discuss how H&M is introducing transparency, responsibility and accountability in the value chain and rewarding suppliers with loyalty, if they are sustainable. Lastly, we also talk about how H&M contribute to decent work for young women in impoverished areas, like Payatas and Tondo, as well as donate profits to Waves for Water.
Listen in on this podcast to hear all about the different sustainability initiatives. Here’s a snippet of what we talked about:
“Life Project 4 Youth, so they work with young women, living in the most impoverished areas in the Philippines, like Payatas, Tondo and what they do is, they educate them. They infuse them with an entrepreneurial mindset. They’re creating a company wherein the girls are involved with different areas of the business, fx marketing, operation, merchandising. They know very well their responsibilities and they get to practice them. So what we provide them by partnering with them is to immerse them in our business, to let them understand how the H&M retail business happens and of course get them to be immersed in the actual work. By doing that, they get to learn real-world practices and the goal is for us to really absorb them. Right now, we have 4 girls that are now going to the immersion program, with the goal of absorbing them to become a full-time H&M employee.”