September 5, 2019 / 4:37 PM / 14 days ago

H&M halts leather purchases from Brazil due to Amazon wildfires

STOCKHOLM, Sept 5 (Reuters) - H&M, the world’s second-biggest fashion retailer, said on Thursday it had stopped purchasing leather from Brazil for the time being due to environmental concerns highlighted by Amazon wildfires.

“Due to the severe fires in the Brazilian part of the Amazon rainforest, and the connections to cattle production, we have decided to place a temporary ban on leather from Brazil,” it said in an emailed statement.

“The ban will be active until there are credible assurance systems in place to verify that the leather does not contribute to environmental harm in the Amazon,” it said.

A H&M spokeswoman said the vast majority of the group’s leather originates from Europe and only a very small part from Brazil. (Reporting by Anna Ringstrom; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle)

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