Posted by: r.m. | November 4, 2010

H&M: Boycott. Boycott H&M

Yesterday, a friend of mine told me that she bought this skirt at H&M. So I reminded her once again of the main reasons to boycott H&M. Here they are – again – for all.

(1) Israeli Designer: “Israeli fashion designer Alber Elbaz, artistic director at the influential Lanvin fashion house, is crafting an exclusive fall collection for the wildly successful H&M international clothing chain.” — http://www.israel21c.org/201010248465/briefs/israeli-designer-for-ham-fall-collection

‎(2) H&M Stores in Israel. “In addition to opening stores in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, H&M has announced its decision to open additional stores in Haifa, Petah Tikva, Netanya, and Rehovot While H&M is clearly not the only international chain that is operating in …Israel, its decision to invest substantially in Israel after its criminal war of aggression on Gaza and in the midst of its intensified colonization of Jerusalem in contravention of international law can only be understood by Palestinians and supporters of just peace around the world as a form of support for Israel’s abhorrent violations of international law and human rights.” – http://bdsmovement.net/?q=node%2F663

(3) Child Labor. “”H&M (Hennes & Mauritz) is accused for using child labour and paying substandard wages to their workers in Cambodia.” http://www.scandasia.com/viewNews.php?news_id=2524&coun_code=ph

plus: “ Anti-Slavery International calls on H&M and Zara to cut out Uzbek cotton” — In December 2009, campaigners in the UK called on two leading high street retailers to stop selling clothes made with cotton which may have been picked by children. Anti-Slavery International and the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) accused H&M and Zara of using cotton suppliers in Bangladesh. It is also suspected that many of their raw materials originates from Uzbekistan, where children aged 10 are forced to work in the fields. The activists were calling to ban the use of Uzbek cotton and implement a “track and trace” systems to guarantee an ethical responsible source of the material.

(4) Poor Working Conditions “In early March [2010], The Independent reported a Bangladeshi sweatshop factory supplying H&M caught fire, killing 21 workers who had been working late into the night to meet a quota. The fire exits had been blocked and the fire extinguishing equipment non-functioning.” http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/06/are-these-unethical-fashion-brands-hiding-in-your-closet.php

(5) Fraud: “the German edition of the Financial Times revealed that H&M was committing organic cotton fraud.” http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/06/are-these-unethical-fashion-brands-hiding-in-your-closet.php

So: practice consumer ethics.

Shop elsewhere.


Responses

  1. I like the valuable info you provide in your articles. I will bookmark your blog and check again here frequently. I am quite sure I will learn lots of new stuff right here! Good luck for the next!

  2. This is a tremendous hypocrisy of the Western world turning a blind eye to the brutality of truly horrendous treatment of children and women in grossly oppressive countries and concentrating on Uzbekistan. The millions of girls undergoing genital mutilation annually, bleeding to death and dying of infection do not concern any of your organizations, thousands of Pakistani children selling themselves on the streets and millions of them working in the same industry are none of your concern because this country is on the list of politically correct countries, US allies, while Uzbekistan having booted the US military base from her territory (very wrong move in my opinion) got into this child labor troubles. Yeah, go ahead and keep dreaming you are changing the world, You are nothing but the puppet of the US foreign department.

  3. How lame of an article
    Isn’t nike, adidas, vero moda, boss, guess…..(and the list goes on and on) opening stores in israel and having israeli chains way before us.
    Shouldn’t we boycott coca cola or mcDonalds before h&m??

  4. Stupidity has no limits! Made up people, the biggest hoax of the 20th century, Palestinian people, indeed oil rules!

    • They’re the source of our woes

      • Stupidity is, dumb western libs living inside their comfortable bubble and fancying themselves fighters for the human rights of the oppressed. While not knowing a damned little thing about the real world.

  5. I do not find the article to be stupid at all. Think logically people rather than taking sides, it is not the first time that H&M is accused of using child labor cotton cloths. The world needs to put an end to child labor not buy stuff from companies which are directly or indirectly involved in child labor. It is just lame that you people are arguing about Israel instead of agreeing to the fact that child labor is the main cause why we should not buy stuff from H&M and other such companies

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  8. WHY the Fuck is there an ADVERT from Mazda underneath this Article when they have a Showroom in ISRAEL!


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