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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The H&M Conscious Foundation launched the first-ever Global Change Award at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm

Sustainability is focus of H&M event at KTH

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, 2015-8-27— /EPR Retail News/ — The H&M Conscious Foundation launched the first-ever Global Change Award (GCA) at an exclusive event in the main library at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm the 25th of August.

About 120 professionals within fashion, research and innovation were invited to the event, which began with representatives from H&M Conscious Foundation explaining the aim of the GCA: to use this competition, which is open to everyone, to catalyse bold, ground-breaking ideas to promote a circular economy for fashion.

Five winners, chosen by an expert jury, will share a grant of EUR 1 million. They will also receive a one year tailor-made innovation accelerator program provided by KTH and Accenture. The winners will be revealed in February 2016 at a ceremony in Stockholm.

The event proceeded with a round-table discussion on closing the loop for fashion, which featured:

Vigga Svensson – Entrepreneur and founder of Danish company VIGGA, which offers a circular subscription model for organic children’s clothing;

Rebecca Earley – Professor in Sustainable Textiles and Fashion Design at Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts, London (also a member of the expert jury); and

Johan Rockström – Executive Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre and a Professor in Environmental Science (also a member of the expert jury).

The discussion was moderated by the well-known Swedish environmentalist Anders Wijkman, who said: “We are at a critical time, where business models have to be turned upside down because the linear business models we have had – take, make and throw away – are not going to work in tomorrow’s world.”

Johan Rockström stressed that all nine planetary boundaries – a framework designed to define a safe operating space for humanity – were related to fashion in some way. “I think the fashion industry has all to do with the transformation towards a sustainable future,” he said. “That’s why I think this award is a very significant initiative.”

Rebecca Earley said that more and more emerging designers were passionate about sustainability, though they found it was not always easy to take their ideas forward in the workplaces. “But in the last few years that has really started to change and companies like H&M have taken a leadership role,” she said.

Vigga Svensson, whose company VIGGA offers organic children’s clothing via a circular business model for a fixed monthly subscription fee, stated that sustainability should be a matter of convenience. “We give parents easy access to organic, super-high-quality baby clothes at a very attractive prize,” she said.

All three panel members agreed that, although there was much left to do, sustainability was becoming a common concern within the fashion industry.

“It’s no longer a question of if we will have circular business models in the future or not, but if the transformation pace is fast enough to avoid catastrophic consequences,” Rockström concluded.

For further information and how to compete with your ideas, please visit: globalchangeaward.com

Benny Ritzén

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At KTH Anders Wijkman, Rebecca Earley, Vigga Svensson and Johan Rockström discussed how to close the loop of fashion. (Photo: Benny Ritzén)

At KTH Anders Wijkman, Rebecca Earley, Vigga Svensson and Johan Rockström discussed how to close the loop of fashion. (Photo: Benny Ritzén)

The H&M Conscious Foundation makes a second donation to the victims and the families affected by the Rana Plaza collapse two years ago

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2015-3-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — The H&M Conscious Foundation, an independent non-profit global foundation, today makes a donation to the victims and the families affected by the Rana Plaza collapse two years ago. This is the second donation from the H&M Conscious Foundation. H&M has never had any production at any of the factories situated in Rana Plaza, so the H&M Conscious Foundation bases the decision for donation on humanitarian grounds. The donation of USD 100,000 will go exclusively to further support the victims and their families through the fund managed by the UN body the International Labor Organization.

The mission of the Foundation 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 countries where H&M operates, the H&M Conscious Foundation can provide emergency relief. The H&M Conscious Foundation has for instance earlier supported victims of the Haiyan typhoon in the Philippines in 2013, flood victims in India in 2013 as well as flood victims in Nepal, India and Bangladesh in 2014.

H&M will continue its work with fire and building safety issues, as these questions are very important to the company. H&M has worked pro-actively with its suppliers for many years and was also the first company to sign the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety in May 2013. Over 190 brands in the textile industry have now signed the Accord to work together with the ILO, global unions IndustriALL and UNI Global as well as Bangladesh trade unions for a more safe industry.

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