The H&M Group as well as their Foundation have had some good achievements around gender equality in general, and communicating about it in particular. Including:
- Identifying their gender priorities – health and safety, career and development, wages, and representation – based on a partnership with Plan, and openly communicating about them.
- Communicating about the H&M Foundation Women in Enterprise partnership with CARE through an online article as well as a more detailed report. The communication materials include lessons learned and keys to success for others to learn from, as well as video material to make it more accessible. An additional video is also available on YouTube.
- Disaggregating some data in their 2020 Sustainability Report by gender. This isn’t standardised yet, as only data related to gender is disaggregated (e.g.: number of women in leadership positions) and all data could be gender disaggregated (including for example % of employees that agree with statements related to the workplace) , but the information they do have is clearly shown. It demonstrates that across their supply chain, 63% of workers, 24% of supervisors and 59% of representatives are female. Within their direct workforce, 74% of H&M Group employees are female, 71% of management positions are filled by female employees, and their board is made up of 67% female and 33% male directors.
- Communicating updated information on the risks women in particular face in their supply chain because of COVID-19. Based on this, they have made a commitment through their Foundation to a long-term project to support women garment workers in Bangladesh, affected by the global pandemic as well as the increased automation of the textile industry.
Ranking highly in the Fashion Revolution Transparency Index for 2021 – demonstrating that they openly disclose information about their social and environmental policies, practices and impacts – in their operations and supply chain. One example is that H&M Group has uploaded data to the Open Apparel Registry, openly sharing the facilities that they source from.