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H&M will ‘phase out’ operations in Myanmar after more worker abuse allegations

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🗞️ Driving the news: H&M, the world's second-largest fashion retailer, has announced it will stop operating in Myanmar
• The decision comes after increased allegations of labour abuses at the country's garment factories
Other global fashion brands, including Inditex, Marks & Spencer, and Primark, have also decided to exit the country

🔭 The context: Myanmar's garment sector has faced substantial job losses and labor rights abuses since the military coup in February 2021
• The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC) has documented 212 alleged cases of labor abuses affecting at least 108,000 workers between February 2021 and February 2023

🌍 Why does it matter for the planet: The issue exposes the ethical challenges that multinational companies face in balancing business operations and human rights concerns
• The situation in Myanmar also highlights the broader struggle for worker rights, particularly for women in the garment sector

⏭️ What's next: H&M's departure may set a precedent for other companies in the fashion industry to reassess their operations in countries with human rights concerns

💬 One quote: "Things are getting worse for garment workers — and quickly" (BHRRC Statement)

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