The climate targets were developed in cooperation with various stakeholders. "We are working with other companies and organisations, such as the WWF, to develop a global definition of climate-positive behaviour," says Kim Hellström, Climate and Water Lead of the H&M Group, according to a recent company announcement.
H&M Focuses On Renewable Energies
By 2030, the clothing manufacturer wants to achieve intermediate goals. This has now been scientifically recognized by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) – a consortium of various environmental protection projects and institutes. To date, H&M wants to save 40% of emissions for the operation of its own business premises and company vehicles.
"Our goal is to use 100% renewable energy, not only in our own operations, but also in the production facilities of our suppliers and those factories that supply our suppliers with fabrics and yarns", says H&M. In the area of raw material extraction and the manufacture of fabrics and clothing, greenhouse gas emissions are to be reduced by 59% by 2030.
Deliveries By Delivery Bike
In line with this, H&M also wants to make its own logistics as energy-efficient as possible – because transport is becoming more and more important as online business grows. For this reason, the company is now having online orders shipped in the Netherlands using the delivery bicycle.
For a pilot project, H&M has joined forces with Fietskoeriers.nl, whose supply network covers around 30 cities. The deliverer collects the parcels with biogas vehicles from the H&M warehouse, takes them to a local hub and delivers them from there by bike to the customers. "The new service is a delivery option for the next day and is charged like our normal next-day delivery," the company explains.
Improving Equality, Health and Safety For Migrants At Work
H&M also wants to ensure more fairness in the social field and optimize recruitment procedures and the employment of migrants. To this end, the fashion retailer is cooperating with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and recently signed a declaration of intent. In order to reduce inequalities in the recruitment and employment of migrants, the recruiting processes and working conditions are to follow fair and ethical standards.
"The partnership with IOM strengthens our work to ensure fair working conditions for migrants in our supply chain. By joining forces, we will be able to address more effectively the challenges migrants face in the system. We see the need to work together for improved legislation and cross-border regulation while continuing to work with our business partners and other local brands," said Anna Gedda, Head of Sustainability at H&M.