Through their foundations, Reach for Change and H&M Foundation, Kinnevik and H&M are jointly supporting social entrepreneurs that improve the situation for women and youth in Ethiopia.
One year ago, in October 2013, H&M employees and customers were asked to use their voice to influence which three global issues the H&M Foundation should support in the upcoming years. During one week 120,000 votes were collected – and the focus areas that got the most votes were Education, Clean Water and Strengthening Women. As a result the H&M Foundation is now working with three global programs within these areas, designed to drive positive change in the world’s poorest communities.
During the festivities around the third annual Global Citizen Festival, the H&M Foundation Ambassador Alek Wek and Global Manager Helena Thybell entered the stage to make a commitment, and to state an example of organizations taking action against extreme poverty. The Foundation committed to giving 250,000 children in the world’s poorest countries access to clean water and toilets in school, through a partnership with WaterAid.
H&M Foundation has donated 100,000 USD to support the organization Save the Children in their work to help the victims of the devastating flooding in South Asia.
The H&M Foundation is making a donation to the victims and the families affected by the tragic Rana Plaza collapse almost one year ago. H&M has never had any production in any of the factories situated in Rana Plaza, so the foundation bases the decision for donation on humanitarian reason. The donation will go exclusively to support the victims and the families through the fund set up and managed by the UN body the International Labor Organization and will be $100,000.
H&M Foundation has named Sudanese model Alek Wek as its official ambassador as the foundation initiates its work for its three prioritized global development issues; education, clean water, and strengthening women.
H&M Foundation Manager Helena Thybell, Supermodel Alek Wek and Allison Tummon Kamphuis, P&G share a common goal. They all want to improve access to safe water and sanitation (WASH). This Thursday you can join their conversation on why access to these basic human rights is so important.
With the aim of achieving long-lasting improvements in the areas of education, clean water and strengthening women, the H&M Foundation initiated three Global Programs, one each with UNICEF, WaterAid and CARE. These three programs for change started in February 2014 and the organizations received a total of SEK 180 million over a three-year period.