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2016-04-14

H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB: H&M releases the Sustainability Report for 2015

Press Release 14 April 2016

The H&M Conscious Actions Sustainability Report 2015 is published today. The report shows a steady increase of sustainably sourced materials and great progress when it comes to the use of renewable electricity. Yet another highlight is the signing of the Global Framework Agreement with IndustriALL Global Union and IF Metall.

"We have set the vision of becoming 100% circular. In close dialogue
with experts and stakeholders we will set time-bound milestones to
reach this goal. This will take us closer to our goal; to lead the
change towards fully circular and sustainable fashion", says Anna
Gedda, Head of Sustainability at H&M.

The 14th Sustainability Report outlines goals and achievements, but
also future challenges along the product lifecycle.

Steps towards 100% recycled or other sustainably sourced materials
Since new technology and innovation is essential in reaching the goal
to only use recycled or other sustainably sourced materials, H&M will
work even more closely with experts and other stakeholders to push
the development forward. Every year H&M increases the use of
sustainably sourced materials - now representing 20% of the total
material use. Since cotton is a frequently used material in textile
production, H&M also gradually raises the use of sustainably sourced
cotton. Organic cotton, recycled cotton and Better Cotton (certified
by the BCI) made up close to one third of H&M's cotton use in 2015,
taking the company closer to its goal to only use cotton from
sustainable sources by 2020. The recycled cotton comes from collected
garments, such as through the H&M Garment Collecting program, while
the equivalent of over 90 million PET bottles has been used to make
recycled polyester.

78% renewable electricity
The share of renewable electricity of H&M's total global electricity
use increased to 78% in 2015 from 27% in 2014. At the same time, the
total emissions were reduced by 56% compared to 2014. The main reason
for this was the increased use of renewable electricity.

Global framework agreement with IndustriALL
H&M sees positive development when it comes to the continuous work
towards fair living wages. As a part of its Fair Living Wage
strategy, H&M signed a Global Framework Agreement with IndustriALL
Global Union and the Swedish trade union IF Metall. It aims for a
well-functioning dialogue between the employer and the employees at
the supplier factories working with H&M. It supports H&M's already
existing work to promote freedom of association, collective
bargaining and peaceful conflict solution - all essential in
promoting fair living wages.

The entire report and a summary of its highlights are available to
read and download at: hm.com/consciousactions2015
(http://sustainability.hm.com/)

Contact person:
Camilla Emilsson-Falk, Head of Media Relations
Phone: +46 8 796 3995
Email: mediarelations@hm.com

H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB (publ) was founded in Sweden in 1947 and is
quoted on Nasdaq Stockholm. H&M's business idea is to offer fashion
and quality at the best price in a sustainable way. In addition to
H&M, the group includes the brands & Other Stories, Cheap Monday,
COS, Monki and Weekday as well as H&M Home. The H&M Group has more
than 3,900 stores in 61 markets including franchise markets. In 2015,
sales including VAT were SEK 210 billion and the number of employees
is more than 148,000. For further information, visit hm.com
(http://media.ne.cision.com/l/cnhpuies/www.hm.com).

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