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.