Featuring not one, not two but three Global Change Award innovations the Genesis circular denim addresses the environmental challenges of denim.
H&M Foundation and Social Alpha have joined hands to launch “Techtonic – Innovations in Waste Management”, a nationwide grand challenge in India to identify and curate locally designed, disruptive innovations addressing problems in waste management and improving the livelihoods of waste pickers.
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 first time textile blends can be recycled at scale. Together with our ambitious research partner HKRITA, the forward-thinking textile manufacturer Kahatex, and a research team made up of retired, but exceptionally passionate and committed scientists – the fashion industry has taken a huge leap forward in the quest on creating a more sustainable fashion future.
The H&M Foundation is initiating a long-term project to support women garment workers in Bangladesh, affected by the global pandemic as well as the increased automation of the textile industry. Lives as well as millions of jobs are at risk, and there is an urgent need to minimize the negative impacts of COVID-19 on female textile workers as well as creating a skilled female workforce for the future.
With only 10 years left to reach the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals, disruptive innovations on how to solve the planet’s most urgent challenges are more important than ever. After five years of incredible innovations within circular fashion, we are now looking at how to extend the scope to create an even bigger impact. Therefore, the next round of Global Change Award will launch next year.
Over the last months Covid-19 has created a global health and economic crisis that is testing everyone of us. For our 23 partners in 46 countries who are working to improve living conditions through projects within Education, Equality, Water and Planet this new reality has challenged the everyday work and the plans and goals that were set.
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.
Through Global Change Award we support innovation to move from early stage ideas to market readiness. We are backing game changers in their early days, getting them ready to commercialize and work together with other players in the fashion industry.
In just over five weeks since it was launched, the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund has raised almost $200 million to support the World Health Organization’s global response efforts to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eight-year-old Alexandru has received support from Save the Children for two years now. During this time, he has changed a lot. He is less shy, smiles often, has made friends and has begun to trust the adults and children around him.
In April 2020, we proudly announced our new winners of the Global Change Award. Due to the global pandemic, we too had to make adjustments to make sure we support our winners in the best way possible.
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.
From lab-grown cotton and creating fabrics from protein DNA, to tracking sustainable fibres by using blockchain technology, wastewater separation and converting carbon dioxide into sustainable polyester. These are the five winning innovations of the 2020 Global Change Award. Global Change Award, named the Nobel Prize of sustainable fashion, is the non-profit H&M Foundation’s fifth annual innovation challenge. Now, more than ever, H&M Foundation want to continue to support long-term development, innovation and entrepreneurship for a sustainable future. The goal is to identify early stage, disruptive ideas that can make fashion more sustainable, and to scale them to transform the entire fashion industry.
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