H&M Foundation’s Annual Report 2019 covers the work we have done together with our 23 partners within the focus areas Education, Water, Equality and Planet, during 2019, investing USD 15 million on improved living conditions and game changing innovation that can protect our planet.
The world’s top 100 investors received an investment opportunity from Unfounded Ltd with the potential to unlock USD 330 billion in annual global revenue. The twist? The company might not be real, but the all the data and figures are – and so is the potential of women in business. Women make up half the world’s population, yet female-founded start-ups only get about 3% of global venture dollar volume. By not giving women entrepreneurs equal access to finance, investors keep missing out on what could become the new Apple Inc. or Amazon.com – every year.
Striving towards equal societies and breaking cycles of exclusion fuels sustainable economies and benefits societies and humanity at large. Together with humanitarian organisation CARE, the H&M Foundation is investing in women’s economic empowerment by equipping women in poor communities with the tools they need to start, develop and grow their businesses.
A program to reduce children’s health barriers so that they can focus on learning in Harlem, New York, has been a great success. The attendance at the school has reached record numbers, and the initiative can be replicated by other schools.
Women’s income increased by 500% thanks to our program with CARE in Ethiopia. Furthermore, at the end of our program only 3.6% of the target group didn’t have any savings – compared to 70% in the beginning of the project. The program focused women living in the slums of Addis Ababa, and the results after three years show that with the right support, women can significantly improve their lives by becoming entrepreneurs.
H&M Foundation’s Annual Report 2018 covers the work we have done together with our 25 partners within the focus areas Education, Water, Equality and Planet, during 2018, investing USD 18 million on improved living conditions and game changing innovation that can protect our planet.
Four million refugee children do not attend school, a new H&M Foundation funded report from UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has found. This is an increase of half a million of out-of-school refugee children in just one year.
During the first years of a baby’s life, their brain forms new connections at the amazing rate of 1,000 per second. Research shows that when we speak slower, more melodically and make exaggerated sounds it makes it easier for babies to learn new words and develop cognitive abilities. However, research has also shown that many fathers don’t interact with their babies in the same way as mothers do. In a global campaign with UNICEF, we urged fathers to speak baby talk to boost their babies brains. The initiative encouraged dads to interact more with their babies at an early age.
H&M Foundation’s Annual Report 2017 – A Catalyst for Change – covers the work we have achieved together with our experienced partners within our focus areas Education, Water, Equality and Planet, during 2017.
Pia Rebello Britto, UNICEF Chief of Early Childhood Development, reflects on the achievements of the first phase of the Global Program for Education, aiming to reach children with the nurturing care and early learning opportunities they need to fully develop in the earliest years of life.