H&M Urge Bangladesh to Speed up Factory Inspections
H&M’s head of sustainability has asked Bangladesh to speed up inspections and are also urging for more frequent wage rises in the industry. All factory inspections that are currently taking place are only happening due to the collapse of the factory. H&M have arranged for all of the 1500 factories producing their clothes to be inspected by the end of August.
It is reported that Helena Helmersson, Head of Sustainability at H&M, has said Bangladesh needs a more inclusive and complete plan.
“It should not be dependent on which brand is buying at the factory – it should be all factories. They have to put a lot of resources to be able to speed up the inspections,” she said.
Bangladesh only has 200 inspectors and officials, meaning it could take up to 5 years to check all the factories. Helmerrson also commented on the wage cycles, and urges Bangladesh to move away from four year cycles for wage rises in the industry.
“What we really try to influence is to have yearly wage revisions,” she told the news agency. “As inflation goes up, then also wages have to go up.”