H&M Foundation

H&M Foundation

The H&M Foundation is an independent nonprofit global foundation initiated by H&M. The mission of the Foundation is to drive long lasting positive change and improve living conditions by investing in people, communities and innovative ideas.  

Through partnerships with experienced organizations around the globe, the Foundation now drives change within the three focus areas Education, Clean Water and Strengthening Women.

To further improve living conditions the Foundation also supports innovative ideas that contribute to safeguarding the earth’s natural resources and in August 2015, the first ever Global Change Award was introduced. By catalyzing green, truly ground-breaking ideas the aim of the annual challenge is to protect the planet by closing the loop for fashion.

In case of natural disasters in countries where H&M operates, the H&M Foundation can also provide emergency relief.

Today, the Foundation is funded by the Stefan Persson family, founders and main owners of H&M. Since 2013, the family has donated 900 million SEK.

The H&M Foundation has three focus areas

During 2013, the Foundation consulted an advisory group of global development experts who hand-picked global issues that derived from the UN Millennium Development Goals.

The issues were then presented in an online vote in October 2013, through which H&M customers and employees selected which three issues were most important for the Foundation to address. During one week over 120,000 votes were placed and Education, Clean Water and Strengthening Women received the most votes.

If you want to know more, you can contact one of our Project Managers: Maria Bystedt or Charlotte Brunnström, Tel: +46 8 796 5500


Our Ambassador

The Sudanese model Alek Wek is ambassador for the H&M Foundation


Read more about the Global Change Award - our challenge for early stage innovation.

Our Global ProgramS

Read about our three Global Programs within: Education, Clean Water and Strengthening Women

Our local projects

Read about our Local Projects.

How we work

Read more about our work approaches on global and local level

Global Stories of change

Learn how our work is contributing to real change for people and communities.

Connection to H&M

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