H&M, the world’s second-largest fashion retailer, has revealed its intention to discontinue sourcing from Myanmar, citing growing concerns about labor abuses within the country’s garment factories. The decision comes in response to escalating reports of such abuses.
H&M joins a growing list of prominent brands that have chosen to sever their ties with suppliers in Myanmar. This trend was previously initiated by companies like Zara’s parent company, Inditex, as well as Primark, Marks & Spencer, and others.
In a statement provided to Reuters on Thursday, H&M confirmed its decision, stating, “After careful consideration, we have now taken the decision to gradually phase out our operations in Myanmar.” The company expressed its dedication to maintaining high ethical standards and noted that it has been closely monitoring the evolving situation in Myanmar and have observed increasing challenges that impede its ability to uphold its standards and requirements.
This move by H&M underscores the fashion industry’s growing commitment to responsible and ethical sourcing practices, as concerns about human rights violations and labor abuses continue to raise awareness and prompt action across the sector.