Global inequality based on factors such as income, sex, disability, race, or ethnicity affects us all, no matter who we are or where we are from. Greater efforts are needed for health, education, social protection, and decent jobs especially for women, young people, migrants, and other vulnerable groups. If people are excluded from opportunities and services, we cannot make the planet better for all.
In Solidarity with Waste Pickers
H&M Foundation is funding a three-year initiative to target improvements in the quality of life of waste pickers in Bangalore, building resilient systemic change in the waste management ecosystem to improve the quality of life of waste pickers. The project addresses the broken systems that keep waste pickers in in poverty, while tackling challenges in the waste management sector in Bangalore.
Backing women garment workers in Bangladesh
The H&M Foundation is running a long-term project to support women garment workers in Bangladesh. The first phase of this project is focused on minimizing the negative impacts of COVID-19 on female textile workers. H&M Foundation is also taking a long-term approach, running over several years, to support female garment workers in Bangladesh for a future where work is defined by automation and digitalization which is making its way into the textile industry.
Protecting migrant children on their move in Europe
In the past few years, Europe has received large number of migrants. Many of the migrants are children who come to Europe without their parents or caretakers. Life for these children are anything but safe or simple, and many disappear. Together with Missing Children Europe, the H&M Foundation aim to protect and support these children, in their struggle to build a new life in a new country.
Reaching offline, illiterate, and marginalized refugee populations with vital information is often a challenge. Using a tech-enabled approach the H&M Foundation and REFUNITE joined forces to reach some of the most disconnected refugee societies in the world.
Integration of unaccompanied minors in Sweden
Together with The Swedish Red Cross, H&M Foundation was running a project to help refugee children integrate into the Swedish society. The project enabled arrived children between the age of 13 and 25 increased possibilities to integrate into Swedish society by meeting new friends and building social networks.
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.
Equipping youth from low income communities for employment
Our partnership with Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation has provided 200 marginalized young people with educational and work experience to increase their opportunities for employment.
Providing higher education to refugees
For refugees arriving in a new country, finding a job is everything. Without a job, the process of building a new life is extremely difficult. However, the process of seeking asylum can take years, a time where most refugees can’t do anything but wait. They can’t work, study or start building new lives in their new country. Together with Kiron Open Higher Education, the H&M Foundation worked to increase access to higher education opportunities for refugees in Germany.
Education for refugee children
Over half of all refugees are children. When children are forced to flee, they often miss out on years of schooling, which is crucial to help children build better future for themselves and their families. This is why the H&M Foundation and UNHCR joined forces in a project supporting refugee children with the school supplies they need to attend school.
Building social networks for young refugees in Norway
To prevent marginalisation and polarisation, the H&M Foundation runs a project with The Norwegian Red Cross to connect young refugees with Norwegian youth and support their integration into the Norwegian society.
Supporting homeless youth in the UK
Together with five charities H&M Foundation provided homeless youth in the UK with support and training to transform their futures.
Empowering female entrepreneurs in Ethiopia
Focusing on women living in the slums of Addis Ababa, our project with CARE in Ethiopia aimed to show that women could significantly improve their lives by becoming entrepreneurs. The results are a great success.
POWER TO GROW THROUGH MENTORING PROGRAMS
H&M Foundation have had a project with Mentor Sweden with the aim to inspire and help young people in Sweden aged 13-17 to increase their motivation to study and strengthen their self-esteem through mentoring programs with adults. Furthermore, the aim was to strengthen parents in their parental role.
Investing in social entrepreneurs in Ethiopia
To improve the situation for women and children in Ethiopia, H&M Foundation joined forces with Reach for Change. The project supported local social entrepreneurs that have found new solutions to social problems affecting women and youth. Within the project, Reach for Change identified local social entrepreneurs that had ideas on how to solve the most pressing issues facing women and children in Ethiopia. The entrepreneurs were given seed funding, access to business expertise and networking opportunities in order to grow and develop their initiatives.