Community projects

Community projects

H&M directly supports a number of projects in the communities in which we and our supply chain operate. It is through these projects that we can work to address the most relevant issues locally and contribute to positive and sustainable change in communities touched by our operations.


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.


Conscious Actions

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