H&M praised for flood relief donation, but Xinjiang cotton controversy not forgotten
Published: Jul 22, 2021 11:40 PM
H&M. Photo: VCG

H&M. Photo: VCG

H&M announced on Thursday morning that it has donated 1 million yuan ($154,700) to a Henan charity organization to help with flood relief.

In the statement from H&M on Sina Weibo, the brand said that "all Chinese staff of H&M want to pay tribute to rescuers on the frontline." 

The brand said the donated money would be used for purchasing emergency relief materials as well as to help with construction work after the disaster. The brand also donated clothes worth 1 million yuan.

The move has won some appreciation on Weibo, but many netizens also said they wouldn't forget the insult to China over the ban on Xinjiang cotton.

"Business is business, thanks for the donation," said one netizen. "Thanks for the donation, but we still won't buy [your products]," said another.

  The brand has faced a boycott from many Chinese over its stance on Xinjiang cotton. in late April, it said it wouldn't use cotton from Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region based on fabrications of "forced labor" in the region.