Karl-Johan Persson's Speech at the BSR Conference 2014

CEO Karl-Johan Persson was one of the keynote speakers at this year’s BSR Conference in New York on 6 November 2014

Karl-Johan Persson spoke about the transformation of the fashion industry from a sustainable point of view and the importance of working in a transparent way. Find out how and why H&M wants to be more than a spectator of the global development.

Watch and listen to the full speech.

Transforming the Fashion Industry

Press Release

November 7, 2014 /3BL Media/ - H&M’s vision is for all its operations to be run in a way that is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. Therefore, our sustainability work is an integral part of H&M’s business and an important investment in our customer offering. This was stated by Karl-Johan Persson, CEO at H&M, during a speech at the BSR conference in New York on 6 November.

Two Questions for CEO Karl-Johan Persson on How H&M Promotes Transparency and Transformation


This November, BSR will gather 1,000 leaders from business, government, and civil society at the BSR Conference 2014 in New York to explore sustainable business challenges and opportunities. Given the theme, BSR has asked some of this year's speakers how they incorporate transparency and transformation into their work.

H&M Joins Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the Third Year in a Row

Press Release

September 11, 2014 /3BL Media/ - H&M has been included to the prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability Index World for the third consecutive year. The index lists the most sustainable companies based on an extensive annual assessment conducted by independent asset managers from the investment specialist RobecoSAM.

H&M at World Water Week


World Water Week is one of the world´s most influential water conventions. This week it’s taking place in Stockholm. Energy and Water is this year’s theme and the leading minds in water will discuss how to develop and manage energy and water for the good of society and ecosystems. H&M will be involved in seminars and panel discussions.

Over the next 30 years, food and energy demands are expected to increase dramatically. We will however, depend on the same finite and vulnerable water resources for sustaining life, economic growth and our environment as we do today.

H&M and Swedfund Initiate Cooperation in Ethiopia’s Textile Industry

Press Release

September 2, 2014 /3BL Media/ - H&M and Swedfund have come together in a unique cooperation in Ethiopia. The aim is to contribute to the development of a responsible Ethiopian textile industry characterized by both high social and environmental standards. The partnership will start this autumn.

The first steps of this collaboration were taken after talks between Swedfund and H&M. The plans were further developed during a joint trip to Ethiopia in May this year when they were examining factories together.

Guest Post - The End of Garbage


In nature, nothing goes to waste. The excrement of one species (forgive me if you are reading over breakfast) becomes food for another.

Why can’t we design the industrial economy to be like nature?

How Kleenex, Quaker Oats, and H&M are Embracing CSR in Back-to-School Campaigns

by Chris Daniels

In the fashion industry, H&M North America is working with charity KIDS/Fashion Delivers on its back-to-school campaign. From August 21 to September 3, the retailer will give a new item of denim apparel to someone in need through the nonprofit for each piece of denim bought at one of its stores.

It is promoting the partnership through media relations, social media, and digital, as well as in-store backing.

New Speakers Announced for BSR Conference 2014: Ford Foundation President Darren Walker, Dame Ellen MacArthur, Years of Living Dangerously Executive Producer David Gelber

Press Release

San Francisco, July 29 2014 /3BL Media/ - The BSR Conference 2014, “Transparency and Transformation”—taking place November 4 through 6 at the Grand Hyatt New York—features inspiring speakers working at the forefront of today’s most pressing social and environmental challenges.

Newest speakers include:

H&M Adds Up Major Sustainability Initiatives Launched In 2013

by Gina-Marie Cheeseman

H&M launched several major sustainability initiatives last year, including its first closed loop collection made with 20 percent recycled materials from collected garments. Almost all of its stores worldwide participate in its garment collection initiative, first launched in 2012. Last year, the company collected 3,047 tons of unwanted garments. H&M also launched its roadmap for fair living wages.


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