600,000 people reached through successful programs for Education, Water and Equality

For the past three years, H&M Foundation and our partners UNICEF, WaterAid and CARE have reached and exceeded our goals within our global programs. Thousands of women have received support in order to start their own enterprises and have been able to lift their families out of poverty, vulnerable children have gained access to the care and stimulation they need to grow and develop, and communities, schools and health centers now have clean water and functioning toilets.

global program for education – with unicef

The goals we set

  • Reach 145,000 children, parents, teachers, government officials, and other influencers with Early Childhood Development programs, so that every child can have the best start in life.
  • Facilitate collaboration within national ministries in Mali, Timor-Leste, Vietnam and Egypt to enable implementation of Early Childhood Development services.
  • Develop a tool to highlight the relevance of Early Childhood Development efforts for tolerance, cooperation, and respect to prevent conflicts and bring communities together.

global program for water – with wateraid

The goals we set

  • Provide 150,000 people with access to water and/or sanitation services.
  • Improve policies for delivering sustainable access to water, sanitation and hygiene services in Uganda, Ethiopia, Pakistan, and Cambodia.
  • Launch a global, evidence-based report on learnings and best practices for promoting a sustainable service of safe water, sanitation, and hygiene.

• 100,000 women from low-income communities
in seven countries worldwide have adequate conditions to become successful and empowered as
entrepreneurs.
• Successful and proven enterprise models
with female entrepreneurs are developed and
showcased in seven countries, and mechanisms
to take success to scale are applied.
• The value proposition for enterprise development with women from low-income communities
is proven and presented in a Global Report

global program for equality – with care

The goals we set

  • 100,000 women from low-income communities in seven countries worldwide have adequate conditions to become successful and empowered as entrepreneurs.
  • Successful and proven enterprise models with female entrepreneurs are developed and showcased in seven countries, and mechanisms to take success to scale are applied.
  • The value proposition for enterprise development with women from low-income communities is proven and presented in a Global Report

Related Projects

Global program for Education

Singing songs. Painting pictures. Building with colourful bricks. Evidence shows that the activities that sound like pure fun are the building blocks of lifelong learning. Children who experience love, proper nutrition and protection in a stimulating environment during early childhood become resilient, learn effectively and can help build strong, safe communities and economies when they reach adulthood. Together with UNICEF, the H&M Foundation invests in a better future for the most vulnerable children through early education and care.
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Global Program for Water

Across the world, women are forced to waste precious time walking long distances to collect dirty water. Girls are dropping out of school because there are no private toilets, and young children are not surviving to see their fifth birthday because of preventable diseases. The lack of clean drinking water and functioning toilets affects the lives of millions of people. More than 10% of the world’s population still live without safe water to drink and must drink water that can make them sick, and one in three live without a decent toilet. In the Global Program for Water, the H&M Foundation together with WaterAid, worked to change this.
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Global Program for Equality

Women and girls around the world are disproportionately affected by poverty and discrimination. In all regions, women spend at least twice as much time as men on unpaid domestic work, but are often not allowed to make decisions that affect their own lives. Women from the poorest communities worldwide reveal enormous potential. Despite difficult circumstances, they can successfully change their own – and their family’s – future. Through H&M Foundation’s global program with CARE, almost 270,000 women were supported 2014-2020. The success of the women has been astounding, with their daily enterprise earnings increasing by an average of 91% across all countries.