Global Retailer H&M joins WWF’s Business Leadership Programme Climate Savers

(Stockholm, SWEDEN) 4 April, 2017 – Global fashion retailer H&M has joined Climate Savers, WWF’s climate leadership programme for business, becoming the first textile company to do so.

Climate Savers aims to transform businesses into leaders of the low-carbon economy.

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, leader of WWF’s global Climate & Energy Practice said, “Acting on climate change is no longer just crucial for the environment; it is also crucial for businesses. Companies have a big contribution to make and are increasingly aware of the impact they have on the planet. That’s why progressive companies – like H&M – are taking bold leadership on climate change, and we welcome them to the Climate Savers programme.”

The Climate Savers/H&M agreement will initially run until the end of 2020. As a Climate Savers company, H&M will focus on reducing its climate footprint through emissions reductions in its entire value chain, and engage in various activities that aim to positively influence the fashion industry as well as policy makers.

WWF supported H&M to develop a new strategy to address climate change which included setting ambitious short and long term targets to address climate impacts through their entire value chain as part of a broader transformational partnership between H&M and WWF. Specifically, H&M has set a short-term 2020 reduction target for their operational impact, and a long-term goal to become climate positive throughout their entire value chain by 2040 at the latest. The long term target means that the company will reduce more greenhouse gas emissions than it its value chain emits.

Pierre Börjesson, Global Sustainability Business Expert at H&M said: “It has never been more important than now to act on climate change. This is why H&M has committed to becoming climate positive by 2040 throughout the entire value chain – all the way from raw material extraction to products’ end of life. This means we will go beyond minimising the negative consequences of our business to create a positive impact on climate. It’s about acting responsibly as a company in this world, and also a way for our business to stay prosperous in the long run. We hope we can inspire more businesses to join us in fighting climate change.”

To become climate positive, H&M will focus on energy efficiency measures and renewable energy investments. To address the unavoidable emissions, H&M and WWF will look at measures to strengthen the planet’s ability to recover and resist climate change, as well as supporting technological innovations to absorb greenhouse gases.

For further information, contact:

Mandy Jean Woods, Communications Manager, WWF Climate & Energy Practice
+27 72 393 0027, mwoods@wwf.org.za

H&Ms Media Relations – +46 8 796 53 00, mediarelations@hm.com

About WWF Climate Savers – WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the earth’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. The Climate & Energy Practice is WWF’s global programme addressing climate change. It includes Climate Savers, aimed at engaging the private sector nationally and internationally on implementing low carbon, climate resilient development. Since its inception in 1999, WWF’s Climate Savers partners have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by over 100 million tons – equivalent to taking 20 million cars off the road. www.climatesavers.org



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