H&M is currently examining multiple instances of reported labor mistreatment at its clothing factories in Myanmar. This move comes in response to escalating pressure from advocacy groups concerning the treatment of factory employees.
As per Reuters, the retail titan has verified that it is investigating 20 documented incidents.
Between February 2022 and 2023, a UK-based human rights advocacy group documented up to 156 instances of alleged worker mistreatment in Myanmar’s clothing factories. This figure represents a significant surge from the 56 cases recorded in the previous year.
H&M has declared, “All the incidents mentioned in the report by BHRRC are being looked into and addressed by our local team in close collaboration with relevant stakeholders.
“We are deeply troubled by the latest developments in Myanmar, and we acknowledge the growing challenges in conducting our operations in compliance with our standards and requirements.”
Since the military coup in Myanmar in 2021, the BHRRC has been monitoring allegations of workers’ rights mistreatments in the country’s clothing factories. They identified 21 instances of alleged mistreatments associated with Inditex suppliers, the parent company of Zara.
In response to pressure from activists to withdraw from Myanmar, Inditex announced last month that it was in the process of terminating relationships with suppliers from the country.
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