Frequently asked questions

Curious to learn who we are and what we do? We hope you’ll find your answers here.

What is the H&M Foundation?

The H&M Foundation is an independent non-profit global foundation headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. It is privately funded by the Stefan Persson family, founders and main owners of the H&M group. Founded to fast track the achievements of the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030, H&M Foundation uses collaboration and innovation to co-create, fund and share solutions for the world’s most urgent challenges. To help safeguard the welfare of humanity we’re ushering the fashion industry to become planet positive, and we accelerate development for inclusive societies. Since 2013, the family has donated SEK 1.5 billion.

How much have the Persson family donated to H&M Foundation?

Since 2013, the Stefan Persson family has donated 1.5 billion Swedish krona ($200 million/€163 million) to the H&M Foundation.

Can I apply for a grant or donation at the H&M Foundation?

The H&M Foundation is a closed foundation, therefore it’s not possible to apply for contributions from us. We have a thorough process to proactively find the right partners matching our specific strategy within our focus areas.

How are funding decisions made?

We carry out comprehensive due diligence when identifying a project. The project must be clearly connected with one of our focus areas. A possible project is always presented to the board which will make the final decision of a donation.

How are projects and partners selected?

The H&M Foundation connects with partners and initiate projects that fit the profile of what we identify as prioritized in each individual case. We work by invitation only.

How does the H&M Foundation follow up on funded projects?

We follow up each project by comprehensive reports every sixth month. On top of this each project is regularly visited and reviewed in the field.

What does the organization of the H&M Foundation look like?

The H&M Foundation consists of a small team of elven people. The team is based in Stockholm, Sweden.