Are you a planet hero? What would happen if all CO2 emissions completely stopped, or what share of all agricultural land worldwide is used for feeding animals? Test your knowledge in this short quiz, you will most likely be surprised and learn something new!
Since 2020, we’re piloting a brand-new strategy to create Inclusive Societies, aiming to invent next practice for systems change and ensuring equity for the long-term. By using Collective Impact, we are now two years into facilitating cross-sectoral ecosystems and building holistic programs that look at the broader needs of marginalized groups in India and Bangladesh.
Welcome to the first episode of the H&M Foundation podcast! Why do we exist, really? What do we do and how are we driving positive change beyond the company sphere? Put your headphones on, take a 20 minutes’ walk or rest and press the play button!
Investors have a huge opportunity to generate impressive investment returns while making a significant difference to the planet. Planet Tracker’s new report explains the financial gains that can be made by investing in processes that lower the environmental footprint of wet processing.
We aim to make lasting, positive changes in the world, and through the years we have improved the lives for millions of people across the world. However, even with the best intentions, things don’t always go as planned. By challenging ourselves and our partners to think innovatively to find improved solutions, we might triumph with one thing and nose-dive with another. It’s a learning process. “As so often, the biggest insights seem obvious once you reach them,” says Maria Bystedt at H&M Foundation.
“Doing something for the first time means making mistakes. But learning from them is how you get things done,” says Erik Bang at H&M Foundation.
Our Innovation Accelerator Program for the Global Change Award winners is designed to accelerate the development of their innovations to reach the market quicker and therefore driving change in the fashion industry. This year, our Accelerator delivered knowhow from an impressive list of guest speakers, but it also played an important role in giving a sense of belonging and moral support to our winners because of the pandemic.
H&M Foundation has been working with WaterAid to support access to clean water and sanitation, since 2014. During the second phase of our Global Program, 190,000 people in some of the world’s poorest communities were reached. Now, WaterAid has launched a learning report based on lessons emerging from the program.
Though the majority of garment workers in Bangladesh are women, less than one percent has a leadership role. Furthermore, women are less represented than men in the more sophisticated machine operation roles. Ingrained stereotypes and attitudes are part of the problem, where Bangladeshi women are not perceived – by others and themselves – as capable of taking on more advanced roles. In our programme with the BBC Media Action, we are investigating if, and how, we can change perceptions to make sure women will still have a job in the future as the garment industry transitions to automation and digitalisation.
Women’s daily enterprise earnings increased by 91% and 33% more women took up leadership positions, thanks to our Global Program with CARE. Almost 270,000 women have been supported since 2014.