H&M Conscious Foundation: HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden awarded the winners of the first Global Change Award

On 10 February, HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden awarded the winners of the first Global Change Award, an annual innovation challenge for circular fashion initiated by the non-profit H&M Conscious Foundation. Most votes, and a grant of €300,000, were awarded to the Finnish team behind Making waste-cotton new; conversion of waste-cotton into new textile. To further accelerate the transformation towards a circular fashion industry, the Foundation now launches the Global Change Award Network, an open-source database for innovations.

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, 2016-Feb-12 /EPR Retail News/ — The online vote was held 1-7 February and the results are:

  • €300,000: Making waste-cotton new – conversion of waste-cotton into new textile. Innovation team lead: Michael Hummel, Finland. (31% of the votes)
  • €250,000: The polyester digester – using microbes to recycle waste polyester textile. Innovation team lead: Akshay Sethi, U.S. (22% of the votes)
  • €150,000: An online market for textile leftovers – a marketplace for industrial upcycling of spill in production. Innovation team lead: Ann Runnel, Estonia. (18% of the votes)
  • €150,000: 100 percent citrus – creating new textile out of citrus juice production by-products. Innovation team lead: Enrica Arena, Italy. (15% of the votes)
  • €150,000: Growing textile fibre under water – utilizing algae to make renewable textile. Innovator: Tjeerd Veenhoven, the Netherlands. (14% of the votes)

“This prestigious grant will allow us to lift our technology closer to an industrially viable level. Now we will focus on the further development of technical details, in particular the solvent recovery to ensure economic competitiveness and complete environmental friendliness of our process, says Michael Hummel, spokesperson for the Finnish team behind Making waste-cotton new – conversion of waste-cotton into new textile.

Inspired by the response from the global innovation community, and to spark impact beyond the five winners, the Foundation now launches the Global Change Award Network, a public digital space where teams and ideas can grow.

“When the application period closed, we sat with thousands of amazing ideas. So we decided to create the Global Change Award Network. You can look at it as a matchmaking site, where innovators can present their ideas, get feedback, make contacts and maybe investors can even find the next big thing. A digital greenhouse for innovative ideas,” says Karl-Johan Persson, board member of the H&M Conscious Foundation and CEO of H&M.

The award ceremony on 10 February marked the beginning of a one year innovation accelerator, provided by H&M Conscious Foundation, Accenture and KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. The program will help the winners develop their ideas, focusing on three main areas; circular economy, innovation and fashion industry connection.

“The level of innovation that we have seen throughout this process is truly inspiring and we aim to advance the strategic business growth of the five Global Change Award winners by guiding and coaching them through the Innovation Accelerator to develop their ideas further”, says Jennie Perzon Strategy Program Lead, Accenture.

“For KTH, it is a matter of both urgency and privilege to be a partner to Global Change Award, as we are facing extreme environmental challenges. Supporting this effort and being part of a better future is the obvious course for KTH to take. We are excited to kick off the accelerator program and get to know the five winning innovators,” says Lisa Ericsson, Head of KTH Innovation.


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NOTES TO THE EDITOR

Selecting the five winners
The Global Change Award was introduced in August 2015 by the non-profit H&M Conscious Foundation. Between 25 August and 31 October the challenge was open for anyone to apply. Over 2,700 innovators from 112 countries contributed. The H&M Conscious Foundation reviewed the applications with the help of innovation collaborators KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Accenture and the Expert jury. The five ideas considered to have most potential in helping close the loop for fashion was selected as winners.

Online votes
A total of 22,500 online votes were placed to split the €1 million grant between the five winners. Most votes came from Germany, U.S, The Netherlands, Sweden, Italy, Russia, France, China, U.K and Finland.

About the Innovation Accelerator
Starting off, KTH Innovation invites the winning teams to a one week intensive immersion program at KTH campus in Stockholm. This will be followed by a one year training and coaching program, provided by Accenture Strategy. The winners will get individual coaching and tailored learning sessions and assignments in order to take their ideas to the next level. Through the H&M Conscious Foundation and H&M, the Innovation Accelerator will also provide exclusive fashion industry access and offer possibilities to build networks and try out the ideas within the fashion value chain.

The funding
The H&M Conscious Foundation is funded by the Stefan Persson family – founders and main owners of the Swedish fashion company H&M. Since 2013, the family has donated SEK 900 million to the H&M Conscious Foundation.

Members of the Expert jury

  • Dr. Michael Braungart: Academic Chair “Cradle to Cradle for Innovation and Quality” at Erasmus University Rotterdam; Professor at Leuphana University Lüneburg; Scientific Director of EPEA Hamburg.
  • Prof. Rebecca Earley: Professor in Sustainable Textile and Fashion Design at University of the Arts London and Director of its Textile Futures Research Centre.
  • Mr. Ma Jun: Director, Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, China.
  • Ms. Eva Kruse: CEO, Danish Fashion Institute; CEO, Copenhagen Fashion Week.
  • Prof. Johan Rockström: Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre and Professor in Environmental Science with emphasis on water resources and global sustainability at Stockholm University.
  • Mr. Ellis Rubinstein: President and CEO, The New York Academy of Sciences.
  • Ms. Franca Sozzani: Editor in Chief of Vogue Italia.
  • Ms. Amber Valletta: Supermodel, actress & entrepreneur.


For questions, please contact:

Malin Björne, Communications Responsible at H&M Conscious Foundation
Telephone: +46 (0)70 796 39 75
E-mail: malin.bjorne@hm.com
Webpage: hm.com/consciousfoundation

 

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H&M Conscious Foundation: HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden awarded the winners of the first Global Change Award

H&M Conscious Foundation: HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden awarded the winners of the first Global Change Award

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

H&M Conscious Foundation: The five winners of the first ever Global Change Award have been selected

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, 2016-Feb-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The five winners of the first ever Global Change Award have been selected by the expert jury. The ideas range from creating new textile out of citrus juice by-products and an online marketplace for recycling of textile leftovers to using microbes to recycle waste polyester. Now, the global public is asked to allocate the €1 million grant between the winners in an online vote starting today at globalchangeaward.com.

The Global Change Award was introduced in August by the non-profit H&M Conscious Foundation, and is the first challenge for early stage innovation in the fashion industry. By catalysing bold, pioneering ideas the overall goal is to protect the planet by closing the loop for fashion.

“The response of the first Global Change Award is overwhelming. Over 2,700 innovators from 112 countries shared their ideas to help close the loop for fashion. The winning innovations are important contributions in the journey towards a circular fashion industry. Now, we invite the public to use their voice and influence how much funding each idea should get,” says Karl-Johan Persson, board member of the H&M Conscious Foundation and CEO of H&M.

The votes will have a real impact as they determine how the €1,000,000 grant will be distributed. The idea that gets the most votes receives €300,000, second most votes receives €250,000 and third, fourth and fifth most votes receive €150,000 each. Everyone can vote at globalchangeaward.com 1-7 February. The voting result and the people behind the winning innovations will be revealed at a grand award ceremony in Stockholm, February 10, and on globalchangeaward.com on February 11.

“The Global Change Award rewards truly out-of-the-box thinking in utilizing advanced technological approaches to make the fashion industry more sustainable – for example, creating less environmental waste and using less energy – while making fashion products that are even more appealing. In this sense, the five winning innovations all have the potential to be truly game-changing,” says Ellis Rubinstein, President and CEO, The New York Academy of Sciences and member of the Global Change Award jury.

For more detailed information about the innovations and to access visual material, visit www.globalchangeaward.com/press

THE GLOBAL CHANGE AWARD WINNERS 2015 IN SHORT:

The polyester digester – using microbes to recycle waste polyester textile
Polyester is the world’s most common fibre for making textiles and clothes and today it is difficult to recycle waste textile polyester effectively, since it is often mixed with other fibers. This innovation is developing a new type of microbe that eats waste polyester to create useful ingredients, which in turn can be used to produce new polyester without a loss in quality.

Growing textile fibre under water – utilizing algae to make renewable textile
Algae are organic sea-organisms that, when picked out, gives the opportunity to create a new type of raw material to produce renewable textile. Algae grow on energy from the sun and CO2; therefore it is a renewable resource. It also reduces the need for transportation of textile, since algae can be picked from coastal regions around the globe.

Making waste-cotton new – conversion of waste-cotton into new textile
A new technology is under development that dissolves textile waste and allows for it to be used as raw material in the production of new textiles, without loss in quality. It uses an environmentally friendly, solvent to dissolve the cotton in textile waste in order to spin new cotton-like textile fibres from the waste and create new textiles. This reduces landfill waste and saves natural resources.

An online market for textile leftovers – a marketplace for industrial upcycling of spill in production
A global online marketplace is being developed that gathers and gets textile spill data from manufacturers directly to designers and into the design process of new clothes. The software tool gathers real-time data on waste inventory tied to the production. It then connects manufacturers with designers to get textile leftovers into production and into the design process instead of becoming waste.

100 percent citrus – creating new textile out of citrus juice production by-products
The by-products left over from extracting citrus juice lend an opportunity to produce a new type of sustainable textile for conscious consumers. The yarn produced from the by-products can be used to create different types of textiles and addresses the demand for high quality sustainable textiles.

NOTES TO THE EDITOR

Voting & Result: Everyone can vote at www.globalchangeaward.com 1-7 February. The voting site is available in 12 languages. The voting result, and the people behind the winning innovations, will be revealed at a grand award ceremony in Stockholm, February 10, 2016.

The grant: The idea that gets the most votes receives €300,000, second most votes receives €250,000 and third, fourth and fifth most votes receive €150,000 each.

The funding: The H&M Conscious Foundation is funded by the Stefan Persson family – founders and main owners of the Swedish fashion company H&M. Since 2013, the family has donated SEK 900 million to the Foundation.

The Innovation Accelerator: H&M Conscious Foundation, Accenture and KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm have developed a one year innovation accelerator to support the winners in developing their innovations.

Countries with the highest number of participants in the Global Change Award: Italy, India, USA, Great Britain, Sweden, Spain, Netherlands, Indonesia, Germany and France.

MEMBERS OF THE JURY

Dr. Michael Braungart: Academic Chair “Cradle to Cradle for Innovation and Quality” at Erasmus University Rotterdam; Professor at Leuphana University Lüneburg; Scientific Director of EPEA Hamburg.
Prof. Rebecca Earley
: Professor in Sustainable Textile and Fashion Design at University of the Arts London and Director of its Textile Futures Research Centre.
Mr. Ma Jun
: Director, Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, China.
Ms. Eva Kruse
: CEO, Danish Fashion Institute; CEO, Copenhagen Fashion Week.
Prof. Johan Rockström
: Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre and Professor in Environmental Science with emphasis on water resources and global sustainability at Stockholm University.
Mr. Ellis Rubinstein
: President and CEO, The New York Academy of Sciences.
Ms. Franca Sozzani
: Editor in Chief of Vogue Italia.
Ms. Amber Valletta
: Supermodel, actress & entrepreneur.


For questions, please contact:

Malin Björne, Communications Responsible at H&M Conscious Foundation
Telephone: +46 (0)70 796 39 75
E-mail: malin.bjorne@hm.com
Webpage: hm.com/consciousfoundation

 

The Global Change Award is an innovation challenge, initiated by H&M Conscious Foundation in 2015. By catalyzing green, truly game-changing ideas the aim is to protect the earth’s natural resources and close the loop for fashion. The challenge annually selects five ideas that share a grant of €1 million and are supported with a one-year innovation accelerator provided by the H&M Conscious Foundation, Accenture and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. The five ideas are nominated by an expert jury consisting of Michael Braungart, Rebecca Earley, Ma Jun, Eva Kruse, Johan Rockström, Ellis Rubinstein, Franca Sozzani and Amber Valletta. The global public is invited to distribute the total grant through an online vote. The result of the vote is revealed at a grand award ceremony in Stockholm, 10 February 2016. This is one of the world’s biggest challenges for early stage innovation and the first such initiative in the fashion industry. For further information, please visit globalchangeaward.com

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H&M Conscious Foundation: The five winners of the first ever Global Change Award have been selected

H&M Conscious Foundation: The five winners of the first ever Global Change Award have been selected

H&M Conscious Foundation will donate 5% of the total amount of each gift card purchased at H&M to UNICEF

This year’s holiday campaign at H&M will have a giving theme, where customers will be able to contribute. For every purchased gift card at H&M, the H&M Conscious Foundation will donate 5% of the total gift card amount to UNICEF. The donation will provide vulnerable children in Myanmar with quality education.

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN,  2015-11-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — Only 64% of children aged 5-17 years are attending school in Myanmar, leaving more than 1 million children behind. Through a new program, which will be initiated by UNICEF and the H&M Conscious Foundation, children aged 5-14 will benefit from increased access to school and an improved quality of education. H&M’s customers are offered an easy way to contribute to UNICEF’s work by buying gift cards at H&M during the holiday season.

“There is an urgent need to improve access and quality of basic education for vulnerable children in Myanmar. H&M Conscious Foundation are happy to support this program with UNICEF that will reach more than 350,000 children with improved primary and lower secondary school education in the Rakhine State in Myanmar, says Charlotte Brunnström, Program Manager for Education at the 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 will donate 5% of the total amount of each gift card purchased at H&M to UNICEF

H&M Conscious Foundation will donate 5% of the total amount of each gift card purchased at H&M to UNICEF

Global Citizen Festival: H&M Conscious Foundation joined forces with world leaders, artists and activists to support the new Global Goals

During the festivities around the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park on Saturday the H&M Conscious Foundation joined forces with world leaders, artists and activists to support the new Global Goals. The Foundation committed to giving 45,000 of the poorest people in India access to clean water and toilets, through a partnership with Practical Action.

NEW YORK, NY, 2015-9-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — The commitment was announced during the fourth annual Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, New York, on September 26th. The event brought together 60,000 people and over a dozen world leaders and prominent activists from all over the world to celebrate the new Global Goals, signed by world leaders at the UN on Friday. On stage were also a star-studded line of up celebrity hosts and musicians including Hugh Jackman, Olivia Wilde, Salma Hayek, Pearl Jam, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran and Beyonce.

The H&M Conscious Foundation and Practical Action committed to Goal nr 6 (Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all) and launched a new $1.3M project that will bring clean water and safe sanitation to Khurda city, one of the poorest communities in India. The city has a population of 45,000 and in its slums 94% of households don’t have a toilet. There is no city sewerage system and sludge waste collected from septic tanks is tipped into the public drains, causing blockages and flooding.

The project will use innovative technology to tackle the sanitation crisis in Khurda. For example, human waste will be turned into biogas (that can be used for cooking for example) and fertilizer (that can be used for farming), waste water will be collected and treated and roof based rainwater harvesting and filtering technologies will provide clean water.

“The need for better sanitation in the developing world is clear,” says Simon Trace, CEO of Practical Action. “By improving how we deal with human waste, we can save lives, improve child health and ensure greater dignity and personal safety, particularly women and children.”

Maria Bystedt, Acting Global Manager, H&M Conscious Foundation continues: “The setup of this project is indeed impressive; introducing pioneering approaches using innovative technology within human waste management and at the same time focusing on community buy-in and behavioral change.”

H&M US, a major partner of the Global Citizen Festival, made it easy for H&M customers to earn festival tickets through two easy actions.  Customers could purchase exclusive Global Citizen Festival t-shirts, designed in collaboration with Ed Sheeran and Coldplay (made of sustainable materials), or recycle old clothes at any H&M store location and help close the loop for fashion. Through these actions, fashionistas and global citizens could earn action points to win festival tickets and join H&M in the journey toward global environmental stability by securing a more sustainable fashion future.

Please find further information about Global Citizen Festival at www.globalcitizen.org.

About the Global Goals
On September 25th world leaders committed to 17 Global Goals to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years. End extreme poverty. Fight inequality & injustice. Fix climate change. The Global Goals for sustainable development could get these things done. In all countries. For all people. Learn more at http://www.globalgoals.org/

About Practical Action
Practical Action is an international development charity that uses technology to challenge poverty. Since being set up 50 years ago, by the economist and philosopher EF Schumacher, Practical Action has been working with poor communities around the globe and is today present in more than 40 developing countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Through technology Practical Action enables poor communities to build on their skills and knowledge to produce sustainable and practical solutions. Thus transforming their lives forever, protecting the world around them and helping them break out of the cycle of poverty for good. For further information, please visitwww.practicalaction.org.

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H&M Conscious Foundation donates USD 500,000 to relief refugee crisis in Europe

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2015-9-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — H&M Conscious Foundation has decided to donate USD 500,000 to support the organization UNHCR in their emergency relief work, offering refugees food, medical care and shelter as well as migration services.

So far, this year, more than 300,000 refugees have fled across the Mediterranean from war, violence, conflict and persecution in countries such as Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Eritrea, Somalia and Sudan. Every day a large number of refugees arrive on the shores of south Europe in need of shelter, food, health care and water.

The H&M Conscious Foundation will donate USD 500,000 to UNHCR who are offering refugees support on site. The funding from Conscious Foundation will be directed towards interventions such as emergency rescue kits, medical care, shelter, migration services, as well as special support to children.

About the Conscious Foundation
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, and it 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.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, leads international action to protect people forced to flee their homes because of conflict and persecution. We deliver life-saving assistance like shelter, food and water, we help safeguard fundamental human rights and develop solutions that ensure people have a safe place to call home where they can build a better future. We also work to ensure that stateless people are granted a nationality.

 

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H&M Conscious Foundation announced €1 million grant for early stage innovation in the fashion industry

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, 2015-8-27— /EPR Retail News/ — On August 25, the H&M Conscious Foundation launches the first ever Global Change Award − one of the world’s biggest challenges for early stage innovation and the first such initiative in the fashion industry. By catalysing green, truly ground-breaking ideas the aim of the challenge is to protect the earth’s natural resources by closing the loop for fashion.

Five winners, chosen by an expert jury, will share a grant of €1 million and get access to a tailor-made innovation accelerator. The global public will be invited to distribute half of the total grant through an online vote. The result will be revealed at a grand award ceremony in Stockholm, in February 2016.

“The question for fashion is no longer “What is the new black?” but rather “What innovative ideas can close the loop?” The Global Change Award is looking for ideas that will protect the earth’s natural resources, and I am excited to be part of it,” says Rebecca Earley, Professor in Sustainable Textile and Fashion Design at University of the Arts London, Director of its Textile Futures Research Centre and member of the Global Change Award Jury.

The H&M Conscious Foundation is a non-profit global foundation, funded by the Stefan Persson family − founders and main owners of the Swedish fashion company 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. The Global Change Award takes on one of the biggest challenges facing today’s fashion industry – to create fashion for a growing population while reducing its impact on the environment. Neither the Foundation nor the company H&M will take any equity or intellectual property rights in the innovations.

“Ground-breaking, game-changing ideas can come from anywhere, so the challenge is open to anyone. Each year the Global Change Award aims to find the truly brave and bold ideas that make change. I’m also eager to see how the fashion industry as a whole will embrace the challenge of closing the loop,” says Karl-Johan Persson, board member of the H&M Conscious Foundation and CEO of H&M.

The innovation accelerator − a collaboration with Accenture and KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm − will give the five winners the support and knowledge they need to actualize their ideas. Starting off with an innovation boot camp in Stockholm, provided by KTH Innovation, it will be followed up by guidance from Accenture Strategy on how to develop the winning ideas further. This includes the provision of a one-year training and coaching programme with a particular focus on circular economy.

The innovation accelerator will also provide exclusive fashion industry access and offer possibilities to build networks and try out the ideas within the fashion value chain.

Information about the Global Change Award, how to apply for a grant and updates on the challenge are available at globalchangeaward.com.

Members of the jury

  • Dr. Michael Braungart – Academic Chair “Cradle to Cradle for Innovation and Quality” at Erasmus University Rotterdam; Professor at Leuphana University Lüneburg; Scientific Director of EPEA Hamburg.
  • Prof. Rebecca Earley – Professor in Sustainable Textile and Fashion Design at University of the Arts London and Director of its Textile Futures Research Centre (TFRC).
  • Mr. Ma Jun – Director, Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, China.
  • Ms. Eva Kruse – CEO, Danish Fashion Institute; CEO, Copenhagen Fashion Week.
  • Prof. Johan Rockström – Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) and Professor in Environmental Science with emphasis on water resources and global sustainability at Stockholm University.
  • Mr. Ellis Rubinstein – President and CEO, The New York Academy of Sciences.
  • Ms. Franca SozzaniEditor in Chief of Vogue Italia.
  • Ms. Amber Valletta – Supermodel, Actress & Entrepreneur.
Key dates
25.08.2015 First ever Global Change Award is launched and application opens at www.globalchangeaward.com.
31.10.2015 Application closes.
01.02.2016 Five winners, selected by the expert jury, are revealed. Each winner is guaranteed €100,000. The global public is invited to distribute the other half of the total grant through an online vote.
07.02.2016 The online vote closes. Half of the total grant has been distributed between the five winners.
10.02.2016 The result of the vote is revealed at a grand award ceremony in Stockholm.

Close the Loop and Circular Economy

In a world with increasingly constrained resources and environmental challenges, the circular approach represents a radical departure from the old linear “take, make, waste” production and consumption models to a model where products and resources are designed to have more than one life. Closing the loop for fashion means finding new approaches in the whole value chain of the industry; changing the way garments are designed, produced, shipped, bought, used and recycled.

The theory about circular economy may be the biggest revolution in the global economy in 250 years as it challenges companies to rethink their business models and customer relationships by detaching growth from the single-use of natural resources and environmental impact. This creates new business opportunities as well as an unassailable competitive advantage.

For questions, please contact:

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Communications Responsible at H&M Conscious Foundation
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H&M Conscious Foundation announced €1 million grant for early stage innovation in the fashion industry

H&M Conscious Foundation announced €1 million grant for early stage innovation in the fashion industry

H&M Conscious Foundation donates 100,000 USD to support the organization Save the Children in their work to help the victims of Nepal earthquake

H&M Conscious Foundation has decided to donate 100,000 USD to support the organization Save the Children in their work to help the victims of the earthquake in Nepal.

STOCKHOLM, 2015-4-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Thousands of people have lost their lives in the recent earthquake in Nepal. It has caused extensive damage and collapsed buildings leaving many in need of shelter, food and water. Our thoughts go to the people affected.

Save the Children is working on site with the rescue work and is supporting the affected children and their families. The funding from Conscious Foundation will be directed towards shelter, child protection, education, water and hygiene. Health and nutrition will also be part of the support in the affected areas.

About the Conscious Foundation:
The H&M Conscious Foundation is an independent non-profit global foundation, initiated by H&M. The mission is to drive long lasting positive change and improve living conditions by investing in people, communities and innovative ideas. In case of natural disasters in regions where H&M operates, the H&M Conscious Foundation can provide emergency relief.

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H&M Conscious Foundation and Global Citizens around the world call on World Leaders to end extreme poverty by 2030

Stockholm, Sweden, 2014-10-1— /EPR Retail News/ — During the festivities around the third annual Global Citizen Festival H&M Conscious Foundation Ambassador Alek Wek and Global Manager Helena Thybell entered the stage to make a commitment, and to state an example of organizations taking action against extreme poverty. The Foundation committed to giving 250,000 children in the world’s poorest countries access to clean water and toilets in school, through a partnership with WaterAid.

The commitment was announced on stage during the third annual Global Citizen Festival on September 27th, in front of 60,000 people on the Great Lawn in Central Park, New York. The event brought together celebrity hosts including Hugh Jackman and Jessica Alba, artists like Jay Z, No Doubt and Carrie Underwood, and World Leaders like Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India; Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

During the Festival super model and H&M Conscious Foundation Ambassador Alek Wek entered the stage together with the Foundation’s Global Manager Helena Thybell, both dressed in H&M.  While on stage, Wek explained, “When schools don’t have toilets girls drop out as their periods start. Also, as children are vulnerable to diseases, they often get too sick to attend.”

“That’s why H&M Conscious Foundation will join forces with Global Citizens around the world to call on World Leaders to drive change and ensure that water, sanitation and hygiene are made a priority in the roadmap to end extreme poverty by 2030”, she announced.

Global Manager Helena Thybell continued: “To match our words with action, the H&M Conscious Foundation is donating $ 9.3 million USD to WaterAid, to transform lives by delivering water, sanitation and hygiene in schools. 250 000 students will directly benefit from this three year program.”

The H&M Conscious Foundation also took the lead in inviting other companies to join in; and as a result of that we got to see P&G and Unilever delivering commitments connected to water and sanitation during the festival.

H&M US also served as the official retail partner of the Festival, providing organic cotton ”Concsious” t-shirts for the IMPACK (Global Citizen Action Pack), which give Global Citizens the opportunity to take action through the purchase of this pack. All profits from IMPACK sales support organizations such as UNICEF, leading the fight against extreme poverty.

Furthermore, H&M will sell their Conscious Denim collection at the Global Citizen Festival Pop-Up Shop at the Free & The Brave at the Paramount Hotel through October 22. A portion of proceeds from the sales will be donated to The Global Poverty Project, the host organization of the Festival. H&M will also have a recycling bin at the pop-up shop where customers can drop off a bag of gently used clothing and receive a coupon for 15% off their next purchase at H&M.

More about the Global Program
In schools without facilities teachers don’t want to teach, girls miss school as their periods start and children get too sick to attend. Tragically around 500,000 die every year from diarrhea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation. The lack of essential services can have a negative impact on health, learning and development as well as wider issues including gender equality and economic growth.

By joining forces with WaterAid in a global flagship program, and contributing with a funding of 9,3 million USD (180 million SEK) the H&M Conscious Foundation will provide 250 000 students, in the world’s poorest countries, clean water and sanitation over the upcoming three years.

As part of this program, WaterAid will also advocate and influence decision makers and practitioners in order to make sure that the issue of water, sanitation and hygiene education is politically prioritized, and financially resourced.

H&M Conscious Foundation is a non-profit non-profit global foundation initiated by H&M. The mission of the Foundation is to contribute to positive long-term change for people and communities, beyond the value chain, complementing H&M’s sustainability work. Thanks to the Stefan Persson family’s substantial donation of 105 million USD (700 million SEK) since 2013, it is possible for the H&M Conscious Foundation to make real impact for people and communities within the focus areas Education, Clean Water and Strengthening Women.

GLOBAL MEDIA INQUIRIES

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H&M Conscious Foundation and Global Citizens around the world call on World Leaders to end extreme poverty by 2030

H&M Conscious Foundation and Global Citizens around the world call on World Leaders to end extreme poverty by 2030

H&M Conscious Foundation donates $100,000 to support Save the Children in helping flood victims in South Asia

Stockholm, Sweden, 2014-9-23— /EPR Retail News/ — H&M Conscious Foundation has donated 100,000 USD to support the organization Save the Children in their work to help the victims of the devastating flooding in South Asia.

The funding will be directed towards emergency relief kits, solar lamps, hygiene kits etc. Food packages and safe drinking water will also be provided in the affected areas. Cash-for-work programs and unconditional cash grants will be set up to help families in need.  Child friendly places for education and psychosocial care will also be a part of the support.

Since the beginning of September more than 14.5 million people have been affected by this disaster, out of which 5.6 million are children. Massive damage has been caused to homes and local infrastructure in the Himalayan region and Bangladesh due to raging monsoon floods. More than 460 people have lost their lives and one million are displaced. There is an urgent need for humanitarian assistance to people that have lost their families and homes in these areas, why the support of the H&M Conscious Foundation is very much needed.

GLOBAL MEDIA INQUIRIES

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Phone: +46 8 796 53 00
Email: mediarelations@hm.com

Please note the contact details above are only for media representatives. For other enquiries contact H&M’s switchboard on +46 8 796 55 00.

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H&M Conscious Foundation donates $100,000 to support Save the Children in helping flood victims in South Asia

H&M Conscious Foundation donates $100,000 to support Save the Children in helping flood victims in South Asia