H&M To Improve The Welfare of Animals in Its Supply Chain

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Humane Society International (HSI) is one of the few international animal protection organisations in the world working to protect all animals—including animals in laboratories, farm animals, companion animals, and wildlife. HSI believes that compassion for animals is a natural human condition regardless of culture, economic circumstance, or political system. By recognising and celebrating the bond between animals and people throughout the world, HIS believes we can start to break down the barriers to animal protection and create a new global culture: a culture of compassion for all animals.  The organisation works with partners to implement on-the-ground programs and empower local organisations, and will now partner with Swedish fashion retailer H&M to improve the welfare of animals in its supply chain.

This collaboration aims not only to protect the farm animals from which wool, hair or down is derived, but to also work towards banning cosmetics testing on animals globally. Animal welfare is important to H&M, which wants to contribute to improved animal welfare practices in its industry. That’s why it is committing its brand not only to further improve its own requirements, but to work collaboratively with HSI to elevate standards throughout the industry and globally. HSI is a globally recognised organisation with long experience within this area and H&M believes they will be a very good partner in pushing for change and hopes that other companies will be inspired to follow.

Central to the collaboration is the aim to pursue policy change in countries around the world, such as national legislative bans on the removal of strips of wool-bearing skin from around the buttocks of a live sheep, on live plucking of feathers and force-feeding. H&M will also actively support the #BeCrueltyFree campaign against cosmetics animal testing, supporting training and education programmes as well as raising awareness with both stakeholders and consumers.

H&M is sending a strong message industry-wide that more needs to be done to end the suffering of animals in cosmetics tests. The company has been pioneering in terms of its ethical and sustainability credentials. This fashion brand has seven clear commitments, including reducing, reusing and recycling on many fronts: using eco-friendly hangers, packaging, and shopping bags; pledging to help improve pay for textile workers worldwide; and sourcing natural resources responsibly along with its four other aims.

Working together to end cosmetics animal testing and improve the lives of animals on farms, HSI and H&M will set a high standard for others to follow. It will show that it not only makes good ethical sense to treat animals with kindness and compassion, but it makes good business sense too.

Photo Credit: H&M A/W 2015 collection featured on Ethical Perfromance