Sweden’s H&M, the world’s second-biggest fashion retailer has not cancelled a single work order from Bangladesh as well they are going to accelerate sourcing more .
Swedish Ambassador Charlotta Schlyter made a commitment to the Foreign Minister Dr. A.K. Momen that Swedish government and companies remain besides the people of Bangladesh.
Charlotta Schlyter made those commitments in a meeting with Foreign Minister Dr. A.K. Momen, Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen and many high officials at Foreign Minister Conference room Thrusday.
Sweden’s H&M, has gifted eight (8) ventilators and 1500 PPE to Bangladesh as goodwill gesture. Mr. Bashirunnabi Khan, representative of H&M handed over the gifts to Md. Asadul Islam, Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Affairs at Foreign Ministry.
Foreign Minister Dr. Momen praised H&M as it did not cancel a single order from Bangladesh and remain continue sourcing from Bangladeshi companies.
Globally H&M said it would use its vast supply network to source personal protective equipment for hospitals in the European Union to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
H&M said it had offered the EU its help and was now trying to understand which needs were most urgent while working out what its supply chain could deliver.
“The EU has asked us to share our purchasing operations and logistics capabilities in order to source supplies, but in this urgent initial phase, we will donate the supplies,” a H&M spokeswoman said in an email.
H&M, which has temporarily shut its stores in many of its markets due to the pandemic, has suppliers around the globe, but mostly in China and other Asian countries such as India, Bangladesh and Vietnam.
H&M said it had been informed that protective masks were the main priority, but gowns and gloves were also badly needed.