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H&M is the second largest clothing retailer in the world with 4100 stores operating globally and another 400 scheduled to open in 2016. It contracts some 1900 factories employing 1.6 million workers to produce its clothing.
Clothing giant H&M is facing accusations of child labour and factory conditions that are unsafe for workers. Amid the publicity surrounding the opening, the Washington-based Workers Rights Constortium said hundreds of thousands of workers making H&M garments in factories in Bangladesh were doing so in dangerous conditions. “We’re talking about severe safety hazards. For example, lack of fire doors and fire exits, lack of proper alarm systems, lack of sprinkler systems,” said Workers Rights Consortium executive director Scott Nova.