Target: H&M CEO Karl-Johan Persson
Goal: Urge CEO Persson to make good on his statement and raise wages for third-world workers
For what could possibly be the first time in retail history, international apparel store H&M has positively stated workers’ wages could be raised by increasing the price of clothing. The company’s head of sustainability, Helena Helmersson, told a newspaper that increasing the pay of its third-world workers “might be a possibility” given this scenario, but that it would not happen for a long time. Sign the petition in support of raising workers’ wages and making H&M factories safe workplaces immediately.
In April 2013, 1,100 men lost their lives in one of H&M’s Bangladesh factories. The building fatally collapsed, taking the lives of each of those men with it. Increasing the garments’ prices would help decrease the chances of something like this happening ever again. The excess money would go towards increasing the safety levels of the factories against fires, explosions, floods, and even collapsing.
The extra income from raising garment prices would also go directly to the pockets of third-world workers who are currently living far below the poverty level. Factory workers have been protesting in Bangladesh and Cambodia for higher wages. And while Bangladesh increased its minimum monthly wages by 77%, that translates only to roughly $66, still leaving them as the worst paid workers in the world.
The best part about raising the price of H&M’s clothing? These wonderful goals—safety in the factories and food for the families of workers—comes at the expense of a mere ten cents more per garment. The company has shown good faith, signing a legally binding agreement to increase the safety of the workplaces after the collapse in April. Urge CEO Persson to continue in these good steps. Sign this petition to support the increased wages for third-world workers living in utter poverty, and for making their workplaces safe.
Dear CEO Persson,
I recently read about your commitment to Bangladesh in making their factories safer workplaces. I commend you for taking this necessary step, but unfortunately it is not enough. These workers generally make only one third of the amount that constitutes a livable wage. And Bangladesh workers are the worst paid in the entire world.
These people deserve better. Not only do they deserve just pay for their work, but they also especially deserve to at least be meeting the poverty line, instead of continually scraping by far below it.
I am willing to pay ten cents more for an item of clothing from H&M if it means these people are properly paid and the factories are made safer for the workers. Whether by increasing the price of your garments or by other means, your workers deserve a raise in wages.
[Your Name Here]
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