When emergency strikes

In addition to accelerating positive change through our programs, the H&M Foundation provides support in large scale disasters. Since 2013, we have donated $5.6 million in emergency relief, contributing to our partners’ aid for hundreds of thousands of people.

Through our work we are accelerating the change needed to futureproof humanity and our planet. But the world is put under extreme pressure and we are facing more and more natural disasters as a result of our lifestyles and choices. These disasters are often affecting the most vulnerable people, resulting in acute situations.

When a disaster hits, time is everything. Therefore, we have framework agreements with trusted organisations and can make a donation within 48 hours. To do so, the following criteria must be met:

  • The disaster occurs in a country where H&M Group is present.
  • It is a disaster where vulnerable people are affected.
  • There is an appeal for international support in the initial emergency relief phase.
  • There is a trusted organization in need of financial support for its emergency relief work.

Since 2013, we have donated almost $5.6 million in emergency relief.

Our latest support

H&M Foundation provides $100,000 in emergency relief after Ukraine dam collapse According to reports from Ukrainian authorities and aid workers, the destructive consequences of the dam collapse are intensifying. As a result, more villages and towns in Kherson oblast are being flooded, causing significant damage to homes and civilian infrastructure. The number of affected individuals, currently estimated at 17,000, is expected to rise to nearly 40,000 as water levels continue to rise.
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H&M Foundation provides USD 100,000 in emergency relief after Ukraine dam collapse

On June 6, the dam of the Nova Kakhovka hydroelectric power station in south Ukraine was destroyed, leading to severe flooding in downstream settlements in Kherson oblast. The destruction has left tens of thousands of people in a dire humanitarian situation, with their homes and livelihoods at risk. The H&M Foundation supports the Red Cross in their work to provide immediate relief, including shelter, food, clean water, and other essential support to those impacted by the disaster.

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