H&M: pas de réel engagement

H&M semble comprendre les revendications de la CCC et de l'Asia Floor Wage, mais ne prend encore aucun engagement concret et conséquent pour l'introduction d'un salaire de subsistance.

H&M a répondu par ce courrier aux messages de protestation des consommateurs, 4 octobre 2010


Thank you for signing up on the CCC Living Wage campaign.We think it is encouraging that consumer care, and makes our CSR work even more important.H&M does not have any factories of its own and therefore does not set or pay factory workers' wages. However, we require our suppliers to pay their employees the wages and overtime payments to which they are legally entitled, and check that they do so. We also monitor whether agreements between employers and employees are respected, where such agreements exist. In addition, we are working to strengthen the rights of textile workers in the long term. Our aim is that they should ultimately be able to make their own demands and influence their own situation.

We are aware that the minimum wage in some countries is too low. Obviously we believe that the minimum wage should be enough to live on. For example we are actively trying to persuade the lawmakers in Bangladesh to continuously review the level of the minimum wage there. We have earlier this year sent a letter to the Bangladesh government concerning the raise of minimum wages, as well as the implementation of the recent minimum wages raise and additionally that there should be yearly revision of minimum wage.

We would prefer the wage level to be based on negotiations between employer and employee and for the law to specify a reasonable minimum wage.

As well as demanding that our suppliers pay the salary to which the workers are entitled, we are working to improve the working conditions in our supply chain. This is a long-term project and is based on the standards laid down in our Code of Conduct.

Clean Clothes Campaign and Asian Floor Wage runs a legitimate question. However, we believe that the campaign should be directed towards the politicians and the governments since they are the ones who by law can bring about a change in the minimum wage. We do not oppose a raise of the minimum wage. We agree that the minimum wage should be possible to live on, and we also think that yearly revision of wages are important.

If you wish to learn more please read our Sustainability Report: www.hm.com/sustainability2009.
Should you have further questions, do not hesitate to contact us at sustainability@hm.com.

Kind regards
H & M Hennes & Mauritz A
Maritha Lorentzon