Corprate Bias Ratings
H&M vets vendors for LGBTQ policies but has not publicly terminated business relationships based on views or beliefs. The company covers expenses for employees' out-of-state abortions in the U.S. H&M funds multiple LGBTQ organizations and pledged $500,000 to BLM and related causes. The company signed letters opposing Florida's Stop Woke Act and various "anti-LGBTQ" legislation. However, H&M protects its employees against viewpoint discrimination and does not discriminate against religious organizations in its charitable giving. For these reasons, H&M receives a Medium Risk rating.
Has denied service to customers, suppliers, or vendors due to their political views or religious beliefs OR corporately boycotts, divests, or sanctions regions, people groups, or industries.
H&M has a written policy pledging to vet vendors for LGBTQ policies. Its Code of Conduct is “applicable to all suppliers” and business partners of H&M and includes a commitment to not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation (1).
Charitable giving (including employee matching programs) policies or practices discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or religious beliefs.
Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.
H&M opposed Florida’s HB7 (“Stop Woke Act”), which aims to prevent the proliferation of critical race theory in public education (1). H&M signed a letter from the Human Rights Campaign opposing “anti-LGBTQ” legislation and promoted unfettered abortion access as part of its commitment to “equal opportunity in the workplace” (2)(3)(4). H&M also opposed Florida’s state law to prevent teaching about sexuality and gender identity in public school classrooms for ages K-3rd grade (5). H&M partnered with The Marsha P. Johnson Institute to highlight “queer artists: in a gallery (6).
Uses corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies hostile to freedom of expression.
H&M covers expenses for employees’ out-of-state abortions in the U.S. (1). H&M pledged $500,000 to Black Lives Matter and related causes (2)(3). The company is a corporate partner of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (4). In 2023, H&M partnered with The Marsha P. Johnson Institute and the Trevor Project, running a campaign that matched donations to the Trevor Project up to $150,000 (5). H&M’s Beyond the Rainbow campaign made a $100,000 donation to the United Nations Free & Equal campaign (6).
All links were last accessed and all information was updated on:
September 14, 2023
Company reports are intended for educational use only. Full Disclaimer