WaterAid is an international NGO that works to improve access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world’s poorest communities. Over 650 million people* in the world do not have access to clean water. H&M has collaborated with WaterAid since 2002 as we want to play our part in tackling this challenge, especially in the countries where our products are made. Globally, H&M and the H&M Foundation set a goal to provide at least 500,000 people with access to safe water by 2016. Together with partners such as WaterAid, we have now reached this goal a year earlier than planned and have provided more than 530,000 people in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Ethiopia with clean water since 2002.
Making a difference beyond H&M’s value chain – The H&M Foundation
To reach beyond our value chain, the H&M Foundation, an independent nonprofit global foundation, invests in people, communities and innovation to drive positive change. The H&M Foundation is funded by the Stefan Persson family, the founders and main owners of H&M. Thanks to their donations – a total of SEK 900 million (USD 130 million/EUR 102 million) since 2013 – it is possible for the H&M Foundation to drive positive change on a global scale. The H&M Foundation works with three focus areas: Education, Clean Water and Strengthening Women. These focus areas were chosen by H&M customers and employees through a global online vote in 2013.