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H&M CSR Award
There is a definite buzz in the industry surrounding H&M and its CSR initiatives. The judging panel agreed that H&M is a “big, lean machine with great commitments to organic and sustainable cotton”. For more than a decade, H&M has been providing fashion for ethical customers, rewarding responsible partners and using natural resources where possible. It is clear that sustainability has become an intrinsic part of H&M’s business.
This year, H&M announced an ambitious plan to transform the business from a linear to a circular structure. It launched World Recycle Week to raise awareness of the importance of recycling by encouraging customers to donate unwanted clothing at H&M stores. It also engages customers with these initiatives via social media and TV campaigns. Sustainable materials are now found in 20% of H&M product, and 31% of the cotton used is organic and recycled. In addition to ethical fabrics, H&M also works with organisations suchas union IndustriAll to improve working conditions and achieve fair wages for factory workers.
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In 2015, F&F raised £1.6m for charities worldwide. To date, more than 350,000 school uniforms have been provided for children in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Kenya. And by 2020, F&F is committed to reducing its carbon footprint by 30%, reducing water and waste by 15%, and eliminating all hazardous materials.
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Recently revised with new 2020 targets, Marks & Spencer’s Plan A was created in 2007 to set the sustainability agenda for the retail sector. Its commitments to recycling and waste reduction are evident in projects such as the Shwopping clothing recycling scheme, organised in collaboration with Oxfam.
In the past year, New Look has invested £1.2m to fulfil its CSR objectives, which include its Fast Forward programme, a collaborative initiative that aims to build a legal, ethical, safe and sustainable garment production sector within the UK. The programme has been adopted by four major UK retailers.