The partnership between WWF and H&M Group is founded on a joint vision for a sustainable future for people and nature. The purpose is to address key environmental impacts in the H&M Group’s value chain, with a special focus on water, biodiversity and climate. Our work also aims to lead and inspire other companies within the fashion industry but also beyond, towards solutions that keep within the boundaries of our planet.
H&M Group and WWF entered a partnership in 2011, focusing on water stewardship. The partnership was the first of its kind, as it took the whole supply chain into account and went far beyond the factory lines. The aim was to raise awareness, to improve responsible water use throughout H&M Group’s entire supply chain and to inspire other companies to take action toward more responsible water management.
In 2016, the partnership expanded to also include climate action and a strategic dialogue related to H&M Group’s and the fashion industry’s broader sustainability challenges and opportunities – marking one more important step towards a more sustainable fashion industry. In April 2017, H&M Group announced a new climate strategy that had been developed in collaboration with WWF and also entered into WWF’s global programme Climate Savers.
The textile industry is an important focus area for WWF as raw materials and processing locations are often based in some of the world’s most water stressed and polluted river basins. The textile supply chains are also often based in countries where a high share of fossil energy is used.
By working together, combining expertise and leadership and taking a holistic approach on water, climate and strategic decisions, H&M Group and WWF have the potential to accomplish real change – within H&M Group’s organization and beyond. As H&M Group is a leading player in the fashion industry, they have the position to influence suppliers, customers and other brands in their industry to become more sustainable. Further, the partnership wants to showcase to other companies, within the textile sector and beyond, that focusing on more sustainable practices is both feasible and valuable for business.
”Thanks to our size and to our committed colleagues, H&M Group is fit to lead the change towards a more sustainable fashion future. However, this is not a task that we can manage on our own; collaboration, new-ways of working and joint industry goals are key for accelerating the changes and results needed.”
Karl-Johan Persson, Chairman of the Board, H&M Group
Due to the textile industry’s freshwater challenges WWF and H&M Group has since the start of the partnership in 2011 been working together to improve water management in some of the worlds most stressed river basins. We have done this by working with water stewardship.
Water stewardship is a five-step model creating incentives to act on water use through engagement, better management and governance to protect the resources, species and nature. The water stewardship journey involves learning, acting, doing and improving.
Since 2011, WWF and H&M Group have been working according to WWF’s model for water stewardship using the five-step approach, targeting suppliers, staff, consumers, governments and other stakeholders. The work has involved developing H&M Group’s and their value chain’s water management as well as focusing on collective action and influence governance on the ground in countries such as China, Bangladesh and Turkey. The partnership has also included support for WWF’s water conservation projects in the Yangtze River basin. As H&M Group continues to develop the organization’s water practices, the main focus of the partnership is now on expanding the collective action and influence governance for a more sustainable textile industry across the globe, together with other companies, policymakers and civil society.
H&M Group both uses and contributes in the development of the WWF Water Risk Filter, an online tool that enable users to explore, assess, and respond to water risks. H&M Group regularly assess the water related aspects of their value chain of apparel & textile production including dyeing and washing processes through the Water Risk Filter. The overall water risk indicated by basin and company, for each of the business partners facilities of H&M Group, steer and guide to specific actions according to H&M Group’s holistic water strategy to address the challenges.
In 2016, WWF and H&M Group expanded the partnership to include taking climate action. This means reducing the emissions from H&M Group and its value chain, as well as to inspire other companies within the textile sector and beyond.
In April 2017, H&M Group launched its new climate strategy, developed in collaboration with WWF. The overarching target is to become climate positive by 2040 throughout H&M group’s entire value chain. Simply put, this means that H&M Group by 2040 will have reduced more greenhouse gas emissions than it is responsible for. At the same date in April 2017, H&M Group also entered WWFs global climate program, Climate Savers. As a member, H&M Group will work to achieve the intermediate climate goals and work to inspire other companies in their industry about their ambitions and achievements.
H&M Group and WWF are together working towards the goal of making H&M Group’s entire value chain climate positive by 2040, this is how:
Our world is rapidly changing due to climate change. The private sector has a critical role to drive and facilitate change to significantly reduce GHG emissions, as well as to advocate for all companies and others to act in line with the Paris Agreement. A group of companies, including H&M Group, have together with WWF taken the first steps to develop a framework, aiming to bring together brands who want a credible, scientific and globally accepted way of becoming a ‘climate positive’ company.
Read more here: wwf.se/climatepositive
Don’t miss this climate talk featuring Milan Kooijman, the WWF’s Climate Business Expert in conversation with and Kim Hellström, Strategy Lead CSR for the H&M Group. It was recorded during the COS Instagram live event for Earth Day 2020. On the agenda you find insights on the WWF and H&M Group partnership and hot topics such as climate action, biodiversity and ways we all can step up in reducing our carbon footprint.
Listen to it here: video
”Nature provides us with food, water and clean air for free and is an ally against climate change – but now we are on an unsustainable path, facing a climate crisis, mass extinction and a rapid loss of nature. If we take better care of our planet, it will give us better climate resilience and help us protect biodiversity. We hope this session can inspire taking action for a more sustainable future”.
– WWF Sweden
Biodiversity underpins all life but is declining worldwide. There is a growing need to protect it, and the textile industry – with its impact on nature -has an important role to play. In 2016, the partnership started a strategic dialogue, where biodiversity became in focus through projects on materials and circularity. In 2020, the strategic dialogue evolved into a biodiversity stream with the ambition to reduce H&M Group’s overall pressures on biodiversity and to strive towards net-gain impacts.
The strategic dialogue was initiated in 2016 to explore H&M Group’s and the textile industry’s broader sustainability challenges and possibilities. The partnership worked in the three areas of raw materials, innovations and policy & advocacy.
During 2020, the partnership decided to replace the strategic dialogue with a new stream focusing on biodiversity. This was a natural step as biodiversity, besides being at the core of WWF’s mission, is strongly affected by the textile industry; in processes such as raw material production and sourcing, garment design, transportation and customer use. For H&M Group, raw material sourcing is where the company has its largest impact.
In September 2020, H&M Group launched an ambition for biodiversity, developed with the support from WWF. H&M Group has taken a holistic approach to manage its impact and dependence on biodiversity. The long-term ambition is to have a net positive impact on biodiversity.
During the coming phase, 2021-2025, H&M Group and WWF are working to further develop this ambition, including working on projects to prevent and reduce the H&M Group value chain’s overall impact on biodiversity and natural ecosystems. Another focus is to support the protection and restoration of biodiversity and natural ecosystems in line with what science requires.
”A thriving fashion industry is undeniably dependent on healthy ecosystems and climate change kept within safe planetary boundaries.”
Cecilia Brännsten, Environmental Sustainability Manager H&M Group
Here is a short film on how we work together on more sustainable practices:
H&M Group is one of the world’s leading fashion retailer, with around 4,900 stores in 72 markets across the globe. H&M Group consists of eight defined brands — H&M, COS, Monki, Weekday, & Other Stories, H&M Home, ARKET and Afound. Together the brands offer customers a wealth of styles and trends within fashion, beauty, accessories and homewares as well as modern, healthy food. H&M Group’s sustainability vision is for the H&M Group to lead the change towards a sustainable fashion industry based on a fully circular approach and renewable energy.
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