TAKE THAT: H&M was still on the defensive Thursday due to reports it had discarded and destroyed bags of clothing on West 35th Street in New York. “H&M is committed to taking responsibility for how our operations affect people and the environment,” said spokeswoman Nicole Christie.
Last year the company donated more than 500,000 items of clothing to groups such as Gifts in Kind, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Caritas, the Red Cross and Helping Hands. “When possible, we also donate faulty garments that have been returned to our stores. However, we do not donate clothes that do not meet our safety requirements, chemical restrictions or are damaged,” Christie said. “We have agreements with reputable aid organizations in most of our sales countries.”
H&M has not posted signs or handed out fliers in either of its West 34th Street stores to bring shoppers up to speed about these initiatives. Christie said, “We are currently looking into if we can further improve our routines.”