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.
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.