Accelerating change

We are a non-profit foundation, initiated to co-create, fund and share solutions for the world’s most urgent challenges.​ Sprung from our entrepreneurial heritage, it is in our core to disrupt traditional systems through unexpected collaborations. To help safeguard the welfare of humanity we’re ushering the fashion industry to become planet positive, and we accelerate development for inclusive societies.

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Now is the time. Every day we’re getting closer to 2030 and the deadline for the UN Sustainable Development Goals that were set up to safeguard humanity and the planet. And although there is progress in some areas, it’s not advancing at the speed or scale required. We are now in the Decade of Action, and the urgency tells us that it’s time to find new ways of accelerating the change.

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Learn more about our work through our latest news, stories and insights.

Maria Bystedt, Strategy Lead at H&M Foundation
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Sometimes going forward means taking a step back

We aim to make lasting, positive changes in the world, and through the years we have improved the lives for millions of people across the world. However, even with the best intentions, things don’t always go as planned. By challenging ourselves and our partners to think innovatively to find improved solutions, we might triumph with one thing and nose-dive with another. It’s a learning process. “As so often, the biggest insights seem obvious once you reach them,” says Maria Bystedt at H&M Foundation.
Ethiopian refugee children in Sudan
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USD 100,000 to support Ethiopian refugee children

Thousands of children have fled the full-scale humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, and taken refuge in Sudan. More than 45,000 people have fled so far. Conflict always affects children the most, therefore the H&M Foundation is providing emergency relief support to Save the Children. The funds will be used in efforts to reunite children with their families, provide shelter, clean water and education.
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The most sustainable pair of jeans yet

Global Change Award winner Unspun just launched the Genesis jeans, breaking new ground on how to make our favourite garment more sustainable. Producing a single pair of jeans today requires an immense amount of water and energy, and produces a significant amount of pollution. Designed for circularity and disassembly in accordance with the Ellen MacArthur Jeans redesign program, the Genesis jeans solve for these challenges by combining disruptive innovations such as Resortecs and Eon – also previous Global Change Award winners.
Digital Accelerator Program for GCA 2020
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Fast tracking innovation and maintaining sanity in lockdown

Our Innovation Accelerator Program for the Global Change Award winners is designed to accelerate the development of their innovations to reach the market quicker and therefore driving change in the fashion industry. This year, our Accelerator delivered knowhow from an impressive list of guest speakers, but it also played an important role in giving a sense of belonging and moral support to our winners because of the pandemic.

s Our work

To safeguard the welfare of humanity our mission is to usher the fashion industry to become planet positive and to accelerate the development for inclusive societies. In 2020, we changed our strategy to throw fewer pebbles but make bigger waves by working in complex ecosystems to create long-lasting change from the ground up. For real impact, we openly share our new ideas, insights and practices to inspire others to replicate and scale.