H&M criticised by Bangladeshi union
The Swedish clothing giant H&M responds to criticism from one of the biggest textile workers' unions in Bangladesh. Helena Helmersson is the company's sustainability manager tells Swedish Radio News that "this is a problem that exists in society at large".
According to the trade union, multinational companies - including H&M - are not doing enough to make sure that their suppliers are meeting safety standards.
Helena Helmersson says she does not think it is correct to criticise H&M specifically. "The competency in the whole industry needs to improve and then you have to work together and in co-operation with authorities and the government to make this happen," she says.
In a recent meeting with H&M the union BGIWF advised the company to make factory inspections together with electrical and construction engineers, as well as a fire safety expert and a labour rights lawyer. Only by employing experts can H&M be sure that building safety and workers' rights are being respected, says the union.
H&M writes to Swedish Radio News in an email that an international team of fire safety and construction engineers will be recruited.