STOCKHOLM--()--From 1st of January 2013 H&M Group (STO:HMB) puts a global ban on Perfluorinated Compounds (PFC:s). This means that all orders placed 1st of January 2013 or later will be produced without PFC:s.
PFC:s are used to achieve water repellent function mainly on outer wear garments, but also on shower curtains, tents, etc. PFC:s are for example harmful for the environment, for reproduction and for aquatic organisms. The alternative fulfils our demands on water repellence and has good environmental and health properties. It can be used on all present fabric qualities used by H&M.
Since 1995, H&M has been working actively to reduce the use and impact of hazardous chemicals. With the help of our Chemical Restrictions, we limit the use of chemicals that are potentially harmful to health or the environment. During 2011 more than 30,000 chemical tests were carried out.
As a leading actor with a well reputed chemicals management approach, H&M teamed up with other fashion and sport brands during 2011 to help lead our industry to zero discharge of hazardous chemicals. As a brand, we have since some time already worked on restricting and phasing out perfluorinated substances, and a full ban on this has been an important part of our individual action plan. H&M is also a part of AFIRM, an international working team of leading companies within the textile and footwear industries, educating the suppliers to achieve good chemical management. The group’s common aim is to reduce the use and impact of harmful substances in the apparel and footwear supply chain.
Please read more in our most recent sustainability report: www.hm.com/consciousactions2011
H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB (publ) was founded in Sweden in 1947 and is quoted on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm. The company’s business concept is to offer fashion and quality at the best price. In addition to H&M, the group includes the brands COS, Monki, Weekday and Cheap Monday as well as H&M Home. The H&M Group has approximately 2,600 stores in 44 markets, including franchise markets. In 2011, sales including VAT were SEK 128,810 million and the number of employees is more than 94,000. For further information, visit www.hm.com.
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