H&M Foundation and UNICEF launch new initiative to make early childhood development programmes more accessible to children with disabilities

H&M Foundation and UNICEF launch new initiative to make early childhood development programmes more accessible to children with disabilities

 

H&M Foundation and UNICEF have launched a new partnership to support young children, in particular those with disabilities. The initiative is worth SEK 30 million (USD 3.7 million) and one aim is to reach more than 9,000 young children with disabilities and their family members with specialized early childhood development services over the next three years.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2017-Nov-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — During the earliest years of life, love, good nutrition, protection, and stimulating activities such as play, singing and early learning give young children the best possible chance of reaching healthy brain development. Yet, millions of young children around the world, in particular those with disabilities, are deprived of these critical experiences and are growing up in unsafe and unstimulating environments.

“When the brains and bodies of young children are protected from violence and pollution, stimulated through love, play and early learning activities, and nurtured with responsive caregiving and nutritious food, they have the best possible chance of developing fully, learning effectively, and contributing to their economies and societies when they reach adulthood,” says Pia Britto, UNICEF Chief of Early Childhood Development.

The initiative aims to scale up existing UNICEF early childhood development programmes in Bulgaria, Peru and Uganda to make them more accessible and tailored to the needs of children with disabilities and their families. Around 20,000 family members and caregivers will be reached with support to help them provide young children with the good nutrition, stimulation and protection they need through health, education and social services.

“Through our new partnership with UNICEF, we hope to transform the lives and futures of thousands of young children with disabilities. We hope this initiative inspires the private sector to invest in children’s early years – helping them reach their full health, happiness, wellbeing and learning ability, says Diana Amini, Global Manager at H&M Foundation.

The support provided to UNICEF’s early childhood development programmes through the partnership will help better assess babies and young children for disabilities and developmental delays, improving their chance of receiving specialised early childhood development care at the earliest opportunity. Creating a more inclusive support system aims to reduce discrimination that young children with disabilities may face.

“UNICEF is grateful to H&M Foundation for its commitment to helping provide life-changing support to young children, in particular those with disabilities.”

Pia Britto, UNICEF

Giving young children with disabilities the best chance of reaching their optimal development also helps considerably reduce the costs of special education, unemployment and institutionalization.

This initiative is the newest in a longstanding partnership between H&M Foundation and UNICEF, who have collaborated since 2014 to provide quality education and early learning opportunities for the most vulnerable children.

ABOUT H&M FOUNDATION

The H&M Foundation is a non-profit global foundation, privately funded by the Stefan Persson family, founders and main owners of H&M group. Its mission is to drive long lasting, positive change and improve living conditions by investing in people, communities and innovative ideas. Through partnerships with organizations around the globe, the H&M Foundation drives change within four focus areas; Education, Water, Equality and Planet. In addition to this, the Foundation can also provide emergency relief. Since 2013, the Stefan Persson family has donated 1.3 billion Swedish krona ($177 million/€144 million) to the H&M Foundation. Visit hmfoundation.com and follow @hmfoundation on Facebook and Instagram.

ABOUT UNICEF

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone. For more information about UNICEF and its work for children visit unicef.org. Follow UNICEF on Twitter and Facebook.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Malin Björne
PR & Communications Manager, H&M Foundation
+46 70 796 39 75
malin.bjorne@hmfoundation.com

Ingeborg Ekblom
Public Relations Officer, UNICEF Sweden
+46 70 9955916
ingeborg.ekblom@unicef.se

Source: H&M

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H&M Foundation unveils 500 outstanding female business leaders in Foundation 500 list

H&M Foundation unveils 500 outstanding female business leaders in Foundation 500 list

 

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2017-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — 500 outstanding business leaders growing their companies in the harshest of startup environments. No, we’re not talking about Silicon Valley. With Foundation 500 – a list of successful female business leaders from emerging markets – the non-profit H&M Foundation and humanitarian agency CARE want to challenge stereotypes and re-define what a business leader looks like. Why? It can help reduce poverty and achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals on Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality.

Launched today at foundation500.com, the list is a reference to the famous Fortune 500 list by Fortune Magazine. But the Foundation 500 reveals a different story. By presenting power portraits and stories of women entrepreneurs from emerging markets in the same manner business magazines usually portray male business leaders, H&M Foundation and CARE’s message is that empowering women is one of the most effective ways to break the cycle of poverty and create economic growth. Entire economies lose out when a substantial part of the population can´t realize its full potential.

“The entrepreneur is the hero of our time, and it is estimated that over the coming years over 1 billion women will enter the workforce – a majority through entrepreneurship. But, you can’t be what you can’t see. Women rarely make the covers of business magazines, in fact the last time a woman was on the cover of Fortune Magazine was October 2014. With the Foundation 500 list we want to re-define what a business leader looks like,” says Diana Amini, Global Manager at H&M Foundation.

The Foundation 500 list includes the owner of West Ivory Coast’s first bus company, a CEO from Indonesia growing her business by the means of Facebook and the President of a Peruvian Trout Farmers Association. The global public and media are invited to explore and share the stories, images and behind the scenes material available at foundation500.com.

”Born with zero privilege, the women portrayed in the Foundation 500 list have made their own fortunes in the harshest of startup-environments. Yet, their stories often go untold. I wish I had seen women like these on the cover of business magazines when I grew up in South Sudan.”

Alek Wek, British/Sudanese Supermodel, Entrepreneur and H&M Foundation Ambassador

The backbone of the Foundation 500 is the learnings from the Global Program on Empowering Women through Enterprise Development initiated by H&M Foundation and CARE in 2014. The women on the Foundation 500 list are part of this program, which in its first phase has reached over 100,000 women in Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire, Guatemala, Indonesia, Jordan, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Yemen and Zambia. In Burundi, the average rate of increase in income among women in the program was 202.8%, the lowest being 104% and the highest 401%. Due to the success, a renewed three-year commitment is made.

“During 2014-2020, H&M Foundation pledges 120 million Swedish krona ($14 million/€12 million) to support over 200,000 women entrepreneurs from emerging markets with seed capital and skills training to start and expand their businesses. If the world is to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals on Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality, the time to act is now,” says Karl-Johan Persson, Board member H&M Foundation and CEO H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB.

NOTES TO EDITORS

  • In 2016, Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls became a stand-alone goal included in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by world leaders at a UN Summit.
  • Economic empowerment of women minimizes their dependency but also improves the lives of the society surrounding them, since women tend to reinvest money in their families, children and communities.
  • The portraits included in the Foundation 500 list have been shot by Malin Fezehai, a New York based photographer and filmmaker that has been the recipient of a 2015 World Press Photo Award, the Wallis Annenberg Prize and was named one of the 30 Emerging Photographers to watch in 2015 by Photo District News.
  • The mix of the 500 women on the list is a representation of all 100,000 women participating in the Global Program. Some of them have just established their business, some have been running their business for a while and some are experienced CEO´s by now with expansion plans. There´s no ranking – they all do tremendous work, and have established businesses in the harshest of startup-environments, often in sectors traditionally dominated by men.
  • A Global Report on Women Entrepreneurs can be downloaded at foundation500.com/press The report is developed by CARE in collaboration with H&M Foundation and is a framework on what needs to be in place for women entrepreneurs to reach their full potential.
  • Hi-resolution images can be found at foundation500.com/press and are free to publish both in print and online.
  • B-roll for video editors, including portraits and behind the scenes material, can be downloaded here.

SOCIAL MEDIA

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Hashtags: #Foundation500, #HMFoundation

ABOUT FOUNDATION 500

Foundation 500 is an initiative by the non-profit H&M Foundation and humanitarian agency CARE. By gathering portraits and stories of entrepreneurs enrolled in its Global Program on Empowerment of Women, the Foundation 500 is an all-female list of entrepreneurs in emerging markets. Empowering women is one of the most effective ways to break the cycle of poverty and create economic growth in societies at large. The list includes 500 women from 11 countries portrayed in the style most often used when portraying male business leaders: strong, confident – in power-positions. The H&M Foundation is privately funded by the Stefan Persson family, founders and the main owners of H&M. It’s an independent legal entity operating beyond the company´s value chain with its own staff, strategy and board. Since 2013, the family has donated 1.3 billion Swedish krona ($177 million/€144 million) to drive positive change on a global scale. For further information, please visit foundation500.com and hmfoundation.com.

CONTACT:

Malin Björne
PR & Communications Manager, H&M Foundation
malin.bjorne@hmfoundation.com
+46 (0)70 796 39 75

Source: H&M

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H&M Foundation makes new commitment to improving education, clean water and women’s economic empowerment

Stockholm, SWEDEN, 2017-May-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — With a donation of $20.5 million and three new Global Programs the non-profit H&M Foundation makes a new strong commitment to long-lasting improvements in education, clean water and women’s economic empowerment. The goal is not only to transform lives for some of the world’s poorest, but also to influence national, regional and global agendas to work towards an equal society.

The new three-year partnerships with UNICEF (Education), WaterAid (Clean water) and CARE (Women’s economic empowerment) build on the achievements and learnings made in the previous Global Programs which ended in January 2017. With this new pledge, the total donation since 2014 to the Global Programs is 360 million Swedish krona ($41 million/€37 million).

So far, over 100,000 children are reached with education, over 250,000 school children have access to clean water and toilets and 100,000 women are empowered to start or expand their businesses. In addition, dialogues with governments have resulted in more resources to education and implementation of clean water, improved hygiene and sanitation in some of the poorest parts of the world. Due to the success of these programs, a renewed three-year commitment is now made.

“We’ve seen that our programs can make real change and that makes both the H&M Foundation and our partner organizations very eager to move into the next gear. With our insights from the first three years, we are well-equipped to create even more impact together in the years to come.“

Diana Amini, Global Manager, H&M Foundation

To make even more impact, all three programs include a component to break new ground. UNICEF will develop a tool to highlight the relevance of Early Childhood Development efforts for tolerance, cooperation and respect to prevent conflicts and bring communities together. CARE will launch a pioneering Global Report on the economic and social value of investing in women’s enterprise development and WaterAid will share learnings and best practice on how to deliver long lasting access to water, sanitation and hygiene services.

“There is a constant need for new partnerships and innovative solutions and the H&M Foundation will continue to be a catalyst for positive change for the planet, communities and people. It is a long-term commitment from my family and this work has just begun,” says Karl-Johan Persson, Board member, H&M Foundation and CEO H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB.

In a recently launched Impact Report 2013-2016, H&M Foundation has compiled all its efforts so far, and the progress is also described in a short film.

ABOUT H&M FOUNDATION

The H&M Foundation is a non-profit global foundation, privately funded by the Stefan Persson family, founders and main owners of H&M. Its mission is to drive long lasting positive change and improve living conditions by investing in people, communities and innovative ideas. Through partnerships with organizations around the globe, the H&M Foundation drives change within four focus areas; Education, Water, Equality and Planet. In addition to this, the Foundation can also provide emergency relief. Since 2013, the Stefan Persson family has donated 1.1 billion Swedish krona (USD 154 million/EUR 123 million) to the Foundation.

For more information, visit hmfoundation.com.

NOTES TO EDITORS

Global Program Goals – 2017-2020

UNICEF

  • Reach 145,000 children, parents, teachers and influencers with Early Childhood Development programs, so that every child can have the best start in life.
  • Facilitate collaboration within national ministries in four countries to enable implementation of Early Childhood Development services.
  • Develop a tool to highlight the relevance of Early Childhood Development efforts for tolerance, cooperation and respect to prevent conflicts and bring communities together.

WATERAID

  • Give 150,000 people access to water and sanitation services in some of the world’s poorest communities.
  • Improve systems for delivering sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene services in four countries.
  • Launch a Global Report to share learnings and best practice on how to deliver long lasting access to water, sanitation and hygiene services.

CARE

  • Empower 100,000 women entrepreneurs from low-income communities worldwide to develop and grow their business.
  • Showcase successful business models in 7 countries to inspire women to become entrepreneurs, ensuring they have the right conditions to succeed.
  • Launch a pioneering Global Report on the economic and social value of investing in women’s enterprise development.

Quotes from partner organizations

”Nearly 250 million children under the age of five in developing countries are at risk of poor development. We rely on support from our partners to reach the most vulnerable and excluded children to help change their life paths. UNICEF is grateful to the H&M Foundation for its ongoing support helping to make sure babies and children experience the love, good nutrition, stimulation through play and early learning, and protection they need in the critical early moments,” says UNICEF Chief of Early Childhood Development Pia Britto.

“Today, 900 children under five die every day from diahorrea caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. This is something WaterAid is passionate to change. With the funding from the H&M Foundation we will be able to transform the lives of some of the world’s poorest people by improving their wellbeing and living conditions – not only today but tomorrow and for many years to come. This will take us one step closer to our vision where everyone everywhere have safe water, adequate toilets and improved hygiene,” says Cecilia Chatterjee-Martinsen, Chief Executive WaterAid Sweden.

“We now know that women from poor communities have the potential to become successful entrepreneurs and take control of their lives. Through our partnership with the H&M Foundation, we will support a further 100,000 women entrepreneurs across the globe, helping them from survival to success. It is fascinating to see how women gain power once they believe in themselves,” says Reintje van Haeringen, Director, CARE Nederland.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Malin Björne
PR & Communications Manager, H&M Foundation
malin.bjorne@hmfoundation.com
+46 70 796 39 75

Source: H&M

H&M Foundation donates $100,000 to The Red Cross to support flood victims in Peru

Due to heavy rainfall, Peru is suffering the worst floods in almost 30 years. The H&M Foundation has donated $100,000 to The Red Cross to support people who have been affected by the extreme weather, and give them support to rebuild their lives.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2017-May-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hundreds of thousands of people have lost everything and need support to rebuild their lives. Due to the severe situation, the H&M Foundation have decided to donate $100,000 to The Red Cross to quickly be able to support in the emergency relief work in Peru”, says Diana Amini, Global Manager H&M Foundation.

Since December last year, heavy rains have drenched northern Peru with 10 times more rainfall than normal. It has caused rivers to overflow, landslides, hail and electric storms. Although the impact has been particularly serious in the northern coastal regions, levels of affectation are reported in all 24 of the country’s departments. In eleven of the departments a state of emergency has been declared.

To this date over 1.2 million people have been affected, of which one third are children and adolescents. Homes, hospitals, schools and other buildings as well as roads have been destroyed, along with thousands of hectares of crops, which directly impacts access to food. This disaster, which has caused 114 deaths and 18 people who remain missing, continues to disrupt the normal activities of children, adolescents, adults and the elderly in the affected regions.

While 59 schools have collapsed and 113 cannot be used, another 2,150 have been damaged. A combined total of 770 health centers has been damaged, collapsed or cannot be used. In addition to health needs, livelihoods and food security issues are challenges.

The support from the H&M Foundation of $100,000 will be used for disaster relief activities undertaken by the Red Cross. Since the response from donors have been very low, the focus is on emergency actions. The emergency phase actions aim to ensure that the targeted population receives appropriate assistance with a focus on the sectors of health, water, sanitation and hygiene promotion, shelter, food security, livelihoods and restoring family links.

“The people of Northern Peru are experiencing the worst disaster in decades. Therefore, all the good forces must unite and help the children, women and men affected by this. Our immediate response efforts in Peru will focus on water, sanitation and hygiene”, says Melker Måbeck, International Director The Swedish Red Cross.

ABOUT THE RED CROSS

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian network that reaches 150 million people in 190 National Societies through the work of over 17 million volunteers. Together, we act before, during and after disasters and health emergencies to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people. We do so without discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions.

ABOUT H&M FOUNDATION

The H&M Foundation is a non-profit global foundation, privately funded by the Stefan Persson family, founders and main owners of H&M. Its mission is to drive long lasting positive change and improve living conditions by investing in people, communities and innovative ideas. Through partnerships with organizations around the globe, the H&M Foundation drives change within four focus areas; Education, Water, Equality and Planet. In addition to this, the Foundation can also provide emergency relief. Since 2013, the Stefan Persson family has donated 1.1 billion Swedish kronor (USD 154 million/EUR 123 million) to the Foundation. For more information, visit hmfoundation.com.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Diana Amini
Global Manager, H&M Foundation
diana.amini@hmfoundation.com
+46 (0)729 804 802
hmfoundation.com

Cecilia Sobocki
Press Secretary
cecilia.sobocki@redcross.se
+46 (0)727 414 802

Source: H&M

The H&M Foundation provides further support to Save the Children – totaling $600,000 – for their work in Ethiopia

Following the worst drought in decades, a major food security emergency is ongoing in southern Ethiopia. The H&M Foundation now makes their third donation to Save the Children – totaling $600,000 – to support their work in this region.

Stockholm, SWEDEN, 2017-Apr-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — jThe 2015 drought in Ethiopia, caused by the strongest El Niño phenomenon on record, affected crop production and access to clean water. This resulted in high levels of malnutrition, increased spread of disease and livestock deaths, amongst other things.

Due to the government-led response, and the support of several international and national NGOs, a crisis was averted and fortunately, towards the end of 2016, some of the regions began to receive rainfall. In 2017, however, there is a new drought in the southeast of the country and it is estimated that 5.6 million people will require food aid and 9.1 million people will not have regular access to safe drinking water, resulting in dehydration and health complications. The lack of food and water also results in children dropping out of school. Many of these children will be at risk of abuse, neglect and violence and will require child protection assistance.

H&M Foundation already donated to the first response in 2015 and 2016, totaling $500,000. However, since the drought is recurring in other parts of the country and the crisis does not receive enough global attention to get the financial support that is needed to save people’s lives, the H&M Foundation will provide further support amounting to $100,000.

“The new donation will continue to support the ongoing work to provide immediate lifesaving humanitarian assistance to those directly affected by the drought.

Diana Amini, Global Manager H&M Foundation

“With our previous donation, over 300,000 people in Ethiopia were supported to meet food, water, health and livelihoods needs and 6,000 children were successfully treated for malnutrition. The new donation will continue to support the ongoing work to provide immediate lifesaving humanitarian assistance to those directly affected by the drought”, says Diana Amini, Global Manager at the H&M Foundation.

“In 2016, the Government of Ethiopia and humanitarian partners like Save the Children were able to prevent a massive natural disaster from becoming a massive humanitarian disaster, thanks to the generous support and contributions of humanitarian-minded individuals and organizations around the world. Unfortunately, nature has struck again with a new drought in the south of the country that has put millions of lives at risk again, and we call on all of our supporters to help once again as we face this new crisis”, says Charlie Mason, Humanitarian Director at Save the Children in Ethiopia.

ABOUT H&M FOUNDATION

The H&M Foundation is a non-profit global foundation, privately funded by the Stefan Persson family, founders and main owners of H&M. Its mission is to drive long lasting positive change and improve living conditions by investing in people, communities and innovative ideas. Through partnerships with organizations around the globe, the H&M Foundation drives change within four focus areas; Education, Water, Equality and Planet. In addition to this, the Foundation can also provide emergency relief. Since 2013, the Stefan Persson family has donated 1.1 billion Swedish kronor (USD 154 million/EUR 123 million) to the Foundation. For more information, visit hmfoundation.com.

ABOUT SAVE THE CHILDREN

Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. Around the world, we work every day to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When crisis strikes, and children are most vulnerable, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. We ensure children’s unique needs are met and their voices are heard. We deliver lasting results for millions of children, including those hardest to reach. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share. Learn more by visiting: savethechildren.net.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Diana Amini
Global Manager, H&M Foundation
diana.amini@hmfoundation.com
+46 (0)729 804 802
hmfoundation.com

Anders Maxson
Media Manager, Save the Children Sweden
anders.maxson@rb.se
+46 (0)8 698 67 55
savethechildren.net

Source: H&M

H&M Foundation campaign raised $3.3 million to support UNHCR’s work to provide education for refugee children

A global campaign by non-profit H&M Foundation has generated $3.3 million to support UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in its work to provide education for refugee children.

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, 2017-Jan-25 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Launched in November 2016, the campaign aimed to help refugee children get the school supplies they need to go to school. For every H&M gift card sold during the holidays in some 4,000 H&M stores worldwide, H&M Foundation made a donation in support of refugee children. This will benefit refugee children across the world, including in Chad, Ethiopia, Iran, Kenya, Malaysia, Pakistan, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Uganda and Yemen.

Over half of all refugees are children. Only 50 per cent have access to primary school and even less have the chance to continue to secondary school.

Ensuring that they have access to education is central to UNHCR. It is also critical to help refugee children build better futures for themselves and their communities.

Thanks to the campaign, refugee children will receive supplies such as textbooks and stationery. These supplies are important to ensuring that refugee children can go to and stay in school.

“Refugee children are five times more likely to be out of school than other children. This is why providing the supplies they need to go to school is so crucial. With this donation, UNHCR can ensure an education for many children in crisis settings across the world,” said Diana Amini, Global Manager for H&M Foundation.

“Through campaigns like these, the public can make a real difference in the lives of refugee children around the world.”

Lionello Boscardi, UNHCR Head of Partnerships

“We want to thank H&M employees and customers for supporting H&M Foundation’s global campaign with UNHCR. Education is critical to ensuring that refugee children can go on to lead more productive lives. Yet it remains underfunded,” said Lionello Boscardi, UNHCR Head of Partnerships.

Read more about the partnership between H&M Foundation and UNHCR.

ABOUT UNHCR
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organisation dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. UNHCR leads international action to protect people forced to flee their homes because of conflict and persecution. UNHCR delivers life-saving assistance like shelter, food and water, helps safeguard fundamental human rights, and develops solutions that ensure people have a safe place to call home where they can build a better future. UNHCR also works to ensure that stateless people are granted a nationality. UNHCR’s dedicated teams are on the ground in some 128 countries across the world, working in partnership with governments, NGOs, the private sector, community groups, host communities as well as refugees.

ABOUT H&M FOUNDATION
H&M Foundation is a non-profit global foundation, privately funded by the Stefan Persson family, founders and main owners of the fashion company H&M. Its mission is to create long lasting positive change and improve living conditions by investing in communities, people and innovative ideas. Through partnerships with prominent organizations around the globe, H&M Foundation drives change within four focus areas; Education, Clean water, Equality and Protecting the planet. In addition, H&M Foundation can also provide emergency relief. H&M Foundation has been working with UNHCR since 2015, when it donated US$500,000 in support of UNHCR’s response to the Europe emergency, helping to provide much needed food, shelter, medical care as well as registration services and special support for children.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Alison Cassells
Associate Fundraising Communication Officer, UNHCR
cassells@unhcr.org
+45 45 33 65 30

Malin Björne
PR & Communication Responsible, H&M Foundation
Malin.bjorne@hmfoundation.com
+46 (0) 70 796 39 75

Source: H&M

H&M Foundation and UNICEF create digital, interactive jacket that help stimulate child’s brain development

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H&M Foundation and UNICEF create digital, interactive jacket that help stimulate child’s brain development

 

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, 2016-Oct-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — The digital, interacive jacket, created by  H&M Foundation and UNICEF as part of the UNI_FORM campaign, provides innovative, age-appropriate play ideas that can help stimulate brain development during early childhood. It also shows parents and caregivers the critical importance of nourishing a young child’s brain. On theuniform.org, adults and children can interact with the UNI_FORM and at the same time support the right for every child to get the best start in life.

The jacket reveals different cognitive games that feed the brain, as it evolves with the child´s age. The games are tailored for each age based on UNICEF’s research on Early Childhood Development.

“Early childhood presents a window of opportunity that define a child’s future. By using UNI_FORM as a symbol, we want to raise awareness around the fact that children who are stimulated in their early years learn more effectively at school, and as adults they can have a higher earning power and be of better health than children that don’t have these early opportunities,” said Diana Amini, Global Manager at  H&M Foundation.

“Children who experience love, proper nutrition and protection in a stimulating environment during early childhood become resilient, learn effectively and are able to help build strong, safe communities and economies when they reach adulthood,” said Pia Britto UNICEF Chief of Early Childhood Development.

“We are proud to launch this interactive tool to help give children the enrichment they need in these critical early moments of life.”

Pia Britto UNICEF Chief of Early Childhood Development

Nearly 250 million children in low- and middle-income countries lack the nutrition, stimulation, nurturing and responsive care they need to develop healthy brain functions. Early deprivations rob children of a fair chance to pursue fulfilling futures, which also can trigger a cycle of inequality that can continue for generations.

During the earliest moments of life, children’s experiences have the power to shape the development of their brains as much as their DNA, as neural connections take place at a once-in-a lifetime speed of up to 1,000 per second, forming their cognitive, social and emotional development.

For cognitive games and more information on the UNI_FORM initiative visit: theuniform.org.

UNI_FORM is not part of a collection or for sale.

NOTES TO EDITORS

ABOUT THE UNI_FORM CAMPAIGN

The UNI_FORM features a range of games that highlight the critical milestones in a child’s development and the opportunities to stimulate and foster these skills. All these stages are highlighted through a game which is embedded in the UNI_FORM digital jacket:

  • Age One: Building blocks – focus on strengthening motor skills and eye-to-hand coordination that takes place in this phase of a child’s development.
  • Age Two: Fantasy building – games linked to children’s creative development, like shape, colour and crayons.
  • Age Three: Imitating animals – focus on the urge to create and encourage children to use their imagination and express their feelings.
  • Age Four: Perception of time – playing with a magical clock sparks a conversation and develops the child’s sense of time.
  • Age Five: Identifying emotions – exploration of emotions through different expressions.

ABOUT THE GLOBAL PROGRAM FOR EDUCATION

The UNI_FORM campaign is part of the Global Program for Education – a collaboration between H&M Foundation and UNICEF. In February 2014, the H&M Foundation announced a grant to UNICEF of USD 9.3 million over a three year period. This grant enables UNICEF to reach 73,600 children with Early Childhood Development programs as well as influence governments to place Early Childhood Development on the national agenda and commit budgetary resources to address these issues. Few donors or governments prioritize funding for Early Childhood Development, which is why the H&M Foundation wants to contribute to filling that gap by supporting UNICEF.

ABOUT H&M FOUNDATION

H&M Foundation is a non-profit global foundation, privately funded by the Stefan Persson family, founders and main owners of the fashion company H&M. The mission is to create long lasting positive change and improve living conditions by investing in communities, people and innovative ideas. Through partnerships with prominent organizations around the globe, the Foundation drives change within four focus areas; Education, Clean water, Strengthening women and Protecting the planet. In addition, H&M Foundation can also provide emergency relief. Since 2013, the Stefan Persson family has donated SEK 1.1 billion (USD 154 million/EUR 123 million) to H&M Foundation. For further information, visit hm.com/hmfoundation.

ABOUT UNICEF

UNICEF works in more than 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: unicef.org.

Contact:

Diana Amini
Global Manager H&M Foundation
Phone: +46729 804 802

Source: H&M

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H&M Foundation makes second donation to Save the Children’s emergency work in Ethiopia

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, 2016-Apr-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — H&M Foundation makes a second donation of USD 400,000 to Save the Children’s emergency work in Ethiopia, due to the current drought crisis. The support will result in food, water, sanitation and basic education to children.

Ethiopia is experiencing its worst drought in fifty years, threatening over 30 million people across the affected area. Despite early warning systems showing signals of a forthcoming disaster, the call for urgent global support is still not being acted upon quickly enough.

A total of USD 500,000 has now been donated by the H&M Foundation to emergency relief efforts in Ethiopia, and it is directed towards food and nutrition, clean water, sanitation and hygiene as well as basic education to children in the affected areas.

 

With this second donation we can provide rapid response and help more children and their families to handle the worst drought in 50 years in Ethiopia, says John Graham, Country Director Save the Children Ethiopia.

In December 2015, the H&M Foundation donated USD 100,000 to Save the Children which already has contributed to food aid to over 250,000 people, water, medicine and crucial support to families who have lost their incomes and treatment of over 4,000 cases of child malnutrition since the drought started.

An escalation of the drought expected to affect millions of people is predicted for the coming months. This, combined with the fact that the international response to the crisis remains insufficient made it an easy decision to make an additional donation, says I Global Manager at the H&M Foundation.

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H&M Foundation makes second donation to Save the Children’s emergency work in Ethiopia

H&M Foundation makes second donation to Save the Children’s emergency work in Ethiopia

 

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H&M Conscious Foundation 2015 Gift Card Holiday campaign raised €4,9 million; donation will go to UNICEF to support vulnerable children in Myanmar

The Gift Card Holiday campaign 2015 is now completed and thanks to our customers, the donation amounted to a total of €4,9 million! This donation from the H&M Conscious Foundation will go to a program run by UNICEF and will benefit 480,000 marginalized and vulnerable children, aged 5-14 in Myanmar. These children will get increased access to school and improved quality of education.

Stockhol, Sweden, 2016-Feb-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — “This fantastic result would never have been achieved without the substantial engagement of H&M customers! Through a simple mean; the purchase of a gift card, we will be able to give 480,000 vulnerable children a better future. It shows that small means certainly can take you far!”, says Diana Amini, Global Manager of H&M Conscious Foundation.

The program includes children in formal schooling, children living in camps for internally displaced people and children who will be reached through non-formal education initiatives. UNICEF will work on multiple levels to influence changes in policy, in education management and in schools and communities. Children, parents, teachers, head masters and policy makers will be involved in creating better schools for children.

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H&M Conscious Foundation 2015 Gift Card Holiday campaign raised €4,9 million; donation will go to UNICEF to support vulnerable children in Myanmar

H&M Conscious Foundation 2015 Gift Card Holiday campaign raised €4,9 million; donation will go to UNICEF to support vulnerable children in Myanmar

The H&M Conscious Foundation donates USD 100,000 to support Save the Children in their emergency relief efforts in Ethiopia

The H&M Conscious Foundation is donating USD 100,000 to support Save the Children in their emergency relief efforts in Ethiopia during the current drought crisis. The support from H&M Conscious Foundation will be directed towards food and nutrition, clean water, sanitation and hygiene as well as basic education to children in affected areas.

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, 2015-12-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — According to the Save the Children, the drought in Ethiopia is now forecast to be the strongest in 30 years. The main reason is El Nino-induced weather patterns manifested as drought in the northern highlands of Addis Ababa and flooding in the south.

− The emerging disaster in Ethiopia will have devastating implications for the food security of millions of people. It is the youngest who suffer most in disasters due to food shortages and malnutrition. Therefore an early response is needed as a preventive measure, says Diana Amini, Global Manager at the H&M Conscious Foundation.

Currently, as many as 8.2 million people are in need of emergency food assistance, 5 million children are at risk of hunger, more than 300,000 children are at risk of severe malnutrition and 210,600 people are expected to be affected by flooding. Save the Children calls for action in order to avoid a full scale humanitarian crisis.

− This is no ordinary year in Ethiopia, and Save the Children is already on the ground saving lives. In all affected areas where we work, we’re rapidly providing food, water, medicine and crucial support to families who have lost their incomes. The global response is at this stage still low, and we welcome the donation from H&M Conscious Foundation, says Secretary General Elisabeth Dahlin, Save the Children Sweden.

The donation from H&M Conscious Foundation will contribute to:

·         Treat and prevent acute malnutrition among children under five years of age, and other vulnerable groups. Food assistance, seed distribution, livestock feed and animal health services.

·         Provide water, sanitation and hygiene related services.

·         Basic education to children in affected areas as well as providing schooling for internally displaced children.

·         Child protection through the use of child friendly spaces and other specialized interventions for displaced children to keep them safe from physical and psychological harm.

The H&M Conscious Foundation can make donations if a disaster occurs in a country where H&M operates, and Ethiopia is an H&M production country.

The H&M Conscious Foundation is an independent non-profit global foundation, initiated by H&M. The mission of the Foundation is to create long lasting positive change and improve living conditions by investing in communities, people and innovative ideas. Through partnerships with prominent organizations around the globe, the Foundation drives change within three focus areas, as chosen by H&M employees and customers: Education, Clean Water and Strengthening Women. To further improve living conditions the Foundation supports innovative ideas that contribute to safeguarding the earth’s natural resources, for example through its initiative Global Change Award. The Foundation can also provide emergency relief in countries where H&M operates. Today, the Foundation is funded by the Stefan Persson family, founders and the main owners of H&M.

For further information, visit hm.com/consciousfoundation

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