According to Reuter, the most frequently cited claims in the upcoming report by the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC) — a non-governmental organisation (NGO) — will be reduced wages and wage misappropriation. Following these allegations, there were reports of unjust terminations, low wages, and mandatory overtime.
H&M’s local teams are investigating the allegations detailed in the BHRRC report, and the company is reportedly taking the necessary steps to resolve the issues. In addition, the company is working closely with all relevant stakeholders to address the issue appropriately.
With Myanmar’s military rule posing political and humanitarian challenges, the BHRRC has been closely monitoring allegations of labour rights violations in garment factories. This BHRRC monitoring uncovered abuse cases documented across 124 garment units.
To monitor reported instances of potential misconduct, the BHRRC gathers data and tracks cases with the assistance of global media outlets, local platforms such as Myanmar Labour News, and even union leaders. BJRRC validates and cross-checks these reports by speaking with workers from various brands.