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Karl-Johan Persson, Chief Executive Officer and President, and all shareholders at H&M, Folksam, Nordea, Storebrand, Swedbank, Alecta and Erling-Persson Family Foundation

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As your current and potential customers we demand that you pay living wages and guarantee fair employment conditions in the whole H&M supply chain - without delay. Doing this would improve the lives of the hundreds of thousands of people who make our clothes every day.

Why is this important?

Five years ago H&M committed to paying living wages to textile workers in their supply chain by 2018. [1] Time is running out and workers are still dependent on wages that are far from sufficient.

Without a living wage, workers may be compelled to work excessive hours or multiple jobs just to make ends meet. [2] Some might put their children to work instead of in school. Hundreds of thousands of workers behind H&M's products are still earning poverty wages and working in poor conditions.

If enough of us, their customer base, come together and speak out about the conditions of their workers, they won’t be able to ignore our demands. Together, we can make H&M seriously worry about their reputation –- and their profits, and push them into action.

Five years ago H&M committed to paying living wages to textile workers in their supply chain by 2018,. [1] but workers are still dependent on wages that are far from sufficient.

   

References:

  1. “Fair Living Wage – sustainability/our commitments/choose ad reward responsible partners/fair living wage” https://www.racked.com/2018/2/27/17016704/living-wage-clothing-factories wage
  2. https://www.racked.com/2018/2/27/17016704/living-wage-clothing-factories
    https://www.isealalliance.org/sites/default/files/resource/2017-12/Dhaka_Living_Wage_Benchmark_Infographic.pdf
   

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Next week is H&M’s Annual General Assembly, where next years’ plans will be agreed by its shareholders. We are determined to make them understand the sheer importance of their plans for the 850,000 people who live on poverty wages while making H&M’s clothes. For that purpose, three of us will be at the Assembly as delegates. We’ll be there as shareholders, holding €45,000 of H&M’s capital.

We will present a proposal that this year’s dividends should be used to increase these suffering workers’ wages. Our proposal is already on the agenda - so we’ll have a fighting chance. But to increase our chances we need more delegates on our side before the meeting on Tuesday, 7 May. Will you help us put pressure on 6 key shareholders we think could back us up on the day shareholders meet? Please, send them a message so that they know their support matters to thousands of people! If international pressure mounts on them, they will not be able to ignore us.

Here you can send shareholders a message via Facebook. If you prefer to send a comment via Twitter, please click on ‘Skip this step’.

Posting a comment on an H&M’s shareholders’ Facebook wall is very simple. All you have to do is:

1. Copy one of the messages below

  • 850,000 people live on poverty wages while making H&M’s clothes. In your next AGM please support the citizens’ proposal to use this year’s dividends to pay living wages. #TurnAroundHM
  • You care about others’ well-being. In the next H&M’s AGM it’s in your hands to support the citizens’ proposal to use this year’s dividends to pay living wages to the workers who make H&M’s clothes. I count on you to #TurnAroundHM!
  • Five years ago H&M agreed to paying living wages to workers making their clothes - but you failed to keep this promise. Fix this in the your next AGM on 7 May. #TurnAroundHM

2. Click on one of the buttons to the right, so that you are directed to a recent post on a shareholder’s Facebook wall

3. Paste the message as a comment

4. Optional: add any additional messaging you wish

5. Repeat with a different shareholder or message!

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Next week is H&M’s Annual General Assembly, where next years’ plans will be agreed by its shareholders. We are determined to make them understand the sheer importance of their plans for the 850,000 people who live on poverty wages while making H&M’s clothes. For that purpose, three of us will be at the Assembly as delegates. We’ll be there as shareholders, holding €45,000 of H&M’s capital.

We will present a proposal that this year’s dividends should be used to increase these suffering workers’ wages. Our proposal is already on the agenda - so we’ll have a fighting chance. But to increase our chances we need more delegates on our side before the meeting on Tuesday, 7 May. Will you help us put pressure on 6 key shareholders we think could back us up on the day shareholders meet? Please, send them a message so that they know their support matters to thousands of people! If international pressure mounts on them, they will not be able to ignore us.

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