Frequently asked questions

Here you will find some common questions and answers about the H&M Foundation.

What is the H&M Foundation?

The H&M Foundation is a philanthropic foundation for public good, headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. It is privately funded by the Stefan Persson family, founders and main owners of the H&M Group. Our vision is to enable an inclusive and planet positive textile industry. To get there we explore new opportunities, collaborate with different partners, support innovation and use communication as a tool to inspire action. To contribute to real systems change, we openly share breakthrough innovation and solutions for anyone to adopt and scale. The H&M Foundation can also provide emergency relief.

How much money has 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 our strategy and focus. 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.

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