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H&M Group was announced as Global Compact LEAD, which demonstrates that the leading fashion brand’s ongoing commitment to the United Nations Global Compact and its Ten Principles for responsible business.

With its participation in UN Global Compact action platforms, H&M Group is working together with other businesses, Global Compact local networks, leading experts, civil society, governments and UN partners, to solve complex and interconnected issues and innovate around the sustainable development goals.

Leyla Ertur, Head of Sustainability at H&M Group takes part in the panel discussion during the Global Deal Forum.

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Figure: Leyla Ertur, Head of Sustainability at H&M Group. Courtesy: Collected

Leyla Ertur shared her thoughts regarding this achievement.

“We are proud that UN Global Compact lists us as one of the 40 global LEAD companies across the world and thereby acknowledges our continuous work for a more sustainable future.”

“While it is an honor to be the only fashion company on the list, this also encourages us in our ambition to lead our industry by example and inspire more industry players to join forces.”

“This initiative is a great example of how collaboration for responsible business practices and sustainable innovations can contribute to a powerful change that goes way beyond our own organization and industry.”

“The pandemic has brought to light on pre-existing flaws and vulnerabilities in Global Supply chains and how the `Social Dialogue` can play a role to secure decent jobs while addressing its challenges.”

“We as H&M Group, have been investing Social Dialogue more than a decade in our Supply Chains, and we stay committed to create resilience together with our Industry Partners.”

Since 2001, H&M Group is a signatory of the UN Global Compact. UN Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with 10 universally accepted principles concerning human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption.

The panelists will explore how social dialogue can be deployed to shore up resilience to future crises and what possible measures can be explored to ensure that global supply chains help drive development and contribute to decent work.

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