Cotton is certified, recycling is on the rise, value chain processes are improved – but it’s not enough. We need to look at the whole system and see how it can be changed from the ground up. With an ambition to find a truly sustainable solution for the fashion industry, non-profit H&M Foundation and The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) extend their collaboration for five more years in a new initiative called the Planet First program. Ground-breaking technologies are already being tested.
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.
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.
Colombia’s internal conflict has raged for more than 50 years – leaving a generation of youth who have known nothing but war and violence. War Child and H&M Foundation have come together to boost the resilience of Colombia’s children with a new three-year initiative – the Peace Circus. The project will see Colombian children trained to become peace ambassadors.
H&M Foundation and UNICEF have launched a new partnership to support young children, in particular those with disabilities. The initiative is worth 30 million Swedish krona (USD 3.7 million) and one aim is to reach more than 9,000 young children with disabilities and their family members with specialized early childhood development services over the next three years.
In 2016, over 60,000 children came to Europe without their parents or caretakers and in 2015, at least 10,000 unaccompanied migrant children disappeared within hours of being registered. The H&M Foundation has donated 11.3 million SEK over a three-year period to Missing Children Europe, the European federation for missing and sexually exploited children. The donation will be used to strengthen protection systems for children in migration.
With a donation of $20.5 million and three new Global Programs the non-profit H&M Foundation makes a new strong commitment to long-lasting improvements in education, clean water and women’s economic empowerment. The goal is not only to transform lives for some of the world’s poorest, but also to influence national, regional and global agendas to work towards an equal society.
The H&M Foundation’s first Impact Report covers the work we have achieved together with our experienced partners within our focus areas Education, Water, Equality and Planet, during 2013 – 2016.
During our first years, the H&M Foundation and our partners UNICEF, WaterAid and CARE achieved remarkably ambitious goals, reaching hundreds of thousands across the world with quality education, clean water and sanitation and economic empowerment while successfully pushing these issues to the global agenda.