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H&M has announced a partnership with Civil Rights Defenders (CRD), a Swedish non-profit organization that works to support human rights around the world. The fashion retail giant says it will donate 4 million SEK (~US$609k) to support their work for human rights.
CRD says the support is a welcome addition that will enhance the organization’s long-term commitment to human rights.
“We are delighted that H&M has decided to support us in this way. The donation will allow us to fund our ongoing human rights work and in particular to ensure assistance is available for vulnerable human rights defenders who operate in some of the world’s most repressive states,” says Civil Rights Defenders executive director Robert Hårdh.
CRD strives to defend people’s civil and political rights and to empower human rights defenders at risk. The organization works in some of the world’s most tumultuous regions, in collaboration with local forces to achieve long-term sustainable change. CRD’s work in 2013 includes:
CRD is supported by approximately 10,000 individual donors and members, along with numerous foundations, trusts and companies, including the Swedish Postcode Lottery and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The organisation is a member of the Swedish Fundraising Council (FRII) and monitored by the Swedish Fundraising Control (SFI).
In keeping with this act of support for human rights, in November H&M revealed a roadmap to pay a fair “living wage” to its 850,000 textile workers by 2018, citing that governments were not acting fast enough. While the commitment is an admirable one, some criticized the retailer's announcement for its lack of specificity and five-year timeline for implementation.
Published Jan 9, 2014 7pm EST / 4pm PST / 12am GMT / 1am CET