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H&M Goes Public With List of Suppliers

H&M Goes Public With List of Suppliers
Photograph by Casper Hedberg/Bloomberg

Hennes & Mauritz, selling under the brand H&M, is the world’s second-largest apparel company and the biggest buyer of clothes made in Bangladesh. That has put the Swedish retailer in an uncomfortable position after the death of a prominent labor activist a year ago and a garment factory fire that killed more than 100 workers in November.

H&M didn’t produce clothes in the Bangladeshi factory, and it encourages workers’ rights through training programs that include short films. Its chief executive, Karl-Johan Persson, even met with the Sheikh Hasina, the Bangladeshi prime minster, last fall to ask the government to raise the minimum wage. Now, in its annual sustainability report, the company has for the first time made public the names and addresses of its suppliers in Bangladesh and 22 other countries, with their permission. (No e-mail addresses or phone numbers, though.) H&M is one of the few retailers to publish this information.