Through partnerships with influential organisations around the globe, the H&M Foundation works both on a global scale, creating systemic change with transformative programs, as well as in local projects to directly address urgent needs. Our work is focused on four areas: Education, Water, Equality and Planet. In addition to this, we can also provide emergency relief.
Hong Kong SAR, China
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.
Improving quality of education in Indonesia
In the province of Nusa Teggara Timur, the two districts of Malaka and Belu are among the poorest. Many children are refugees with poor literacy skills. The project CERIA aims to ensure that children have access to child-friendly and non-violent learning environments, focusing on improving reading skills and learning outcomes among young children.
Breaking stigma and providing education for children with disabilities
In China, children with disabilities often face prejudices. Because of this, the children are hidden and restrained from being part of the society. Together with Save the Children, we’re trying to change these negative attitudes and making the schools more inclusive.
Improving access to basic education for vulnerable children in Romania
Many children in Romania never gain access to education. Poverty combined with the lack of literacy among parents hinder many children from ever going to school. The H&M Foundation and Save the Children have joined forces to make sure children have better access to adequate education.
Ensuring safe water access for communities in Telangana
More than 163 million people in India drink unsafe water each day and more than 732 million don’t have a decent toilet. Over 1 million children under 5 years old die every year and almost 1 in 10 of these succumb to diarrhea which is linked to poor water, hygiene and sanitation. In our partnership with FRANK Water almost 10,000 people in Telangana, India were provided with clean water.
Global Program for Water
Across the world, women are forced to waste precious time walking long distances to collect dirty water. Girls are dropping out of school because there are no private toilets, and young children are not surviving to see their fifth birthday because of preventable diseases. The lack of clean drinking water and functioning toilets affects the lives of millions of people. More than 10% of the world’s population still live without safe water to drink and must drink water that can make them sick, and one in three live without a decent toilet. In the Global Program for Water, the H&M Foundation together with WaterAid, worked to change this.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Recycling Revolution - inventing new ways to recycle textiles
Every second, the equivalent of one garbage truck of textiles is landfilled our burned. But what is treated as waste, is really the complete opposite. Worn out garments are a valuable resource that can be recycled, redesigned and re-loved. To make this happen at scale, new recycling methods are needed to handle all types of garments and materials. To speed up this process, H&M Foundation joined forces with HKRITA and the outcome looks very promising.
Improving living conditions in low income communities in Bangladesh
Banglabazar is one of thousands of low income communities that have cropped up next to factories in Bangladesh in recent years. Living conditions in these communities are poor, not least in relation to water, sanitation and hygiene. H&M Foundation and WaterAid have started this project to improve the wellbeing and living conditions for approximately 10,600 residents in Banglabazar. This was achieved by improving the access to water, sanitation and hygiene in the targeted communities.
Better education and a better future for children in Myanmar
Only 64% of children in Myanmar aged 5-17 years are attending school, leaving over one million children out of school. In addition, improving the quality of education is critical as it is still one of the causes for children to drop out from school. This project aimed to increase the quality of and access to education for marginalized and vulnerable children, aged 5-14 in Myanmar.
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.
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.
Green Machine: recycling blend textiles at scale
Only one year into our partnership with HKRITA, a breakthrough was made when the researchers discovered a hydrothermal process that could fully separate and recycle cotton and polyester blends into new fibres and cellulose powder. Contrary to many other processes, this process is gentle that doesn’t damage the fibres and the quality is therefore intact.
The Brewery - a biological method to recycle garments
This project is part of the Recycling Revolution program, and explores a biological method to recycle blend textiles.
Miniaturized recycling machine to change consumer perception
Recycling old garments is still a fairly new habit, and while the awareness is increasing only a fraction of all textiles disposed are being recycled today. For the fashion industry to become fully circular, there is an urgent need to change people’s perception of old garments and see it as a resource instead of waste. The Mini Mill is a way to let consumers experience recycling live, and understand its possibilities.
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.
Holistic child development in slum areas in Dhaka
About half of all Bangladeshi children are living in poverty with no access to education, making it extremely difficult to reach their full potential. Within this project, our partner UNICEF was using a holistic approach including children, parents and whole communities to get children aged 4-18 years into school, and to prevent them from dropping out.
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.
Transforming lives through access to water and sanitation
In the major cities of Bangladesh, poor and commuter communities are deprived of access to toilets as public sanitation is a highly undermined priority in urban life across Bangladesh. Project Sunrise has improved the health, safety and dignity of millions of people, by renovating or building toilets.
Innovators Hub make fashion more sustainable and beautiful
The momentum for a better future of fashion is growing quickly. With support from the H&M Foundation, the non-profit organization Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute’s Fashion Positive Initiative launched an online resource center for fashion.