H&M Foundation

Working together to bring sustainable water and toilets to some of the world's poorest communities.

The H&M Foundation is a non-profit, global foundation, privately funded by the Stefan Persson family, founders and main owners of H&M. 

As one of three global partners, WaterAid has been working with the H&M Foundation to bring water, sanitation and hygiene to everyone, everywhere since 2013. Together we are working on a global water and sanitation program as well as several local projects in Bangladesh.

The global program – entering the next phase

In 2014 The H&M Foundation donated 60 million SEK (9.2 million AUD) to a three-year program to bring safe water, toilets and hygiene to more than 250,000 of the world’s poorest students. The program also engaged a wide range of partners and helped influence and update national education policies, as well as influencing the global United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Now embarking on the second phase of our global partnership, the H&M Foundation is donating another 60 million SEK (9.2 million AUD) for the next-three year phase 2017-2020. This phase is a continuation of the work we have been doing over the last three years but with a broader scope where we are enabling sustainable access to water and sanitation services to people in communities, in homes, at health care facilities and in schools in four target countries; Cambodia, Ethiopia, Pakistan and Uganda.

Local projects

Alongside the Global Program, the H&M Foundation and WaterAid are also running two local projects in Bangladesh. One of them (37.1 million SEK, 2013-2019) aims to improve the health, safety and dignity for millions of people in Dhaka, by renovating or building public toilets in 30 different locations in the city.

The second project (15 million SEK, 2016-2020) aims to increase access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene practices for 10,600 residents in the Banglabazar community outside Dhaka, a low income community that has cropped up next to factories.

Stories from our programme and projects

Yemisrach at school with her teacher.

Yemisrach's story

Read more about Yemisrach, and find out how clean water and safe toilets at school will give her the best possible start in life – and the chance to enjoy her childhood.


Shanti meets Sissi and Katja

Building better lives in Bangladesh

H&M employees Sissi Kaupinnen and Katja Linnaranta share their experiences of their recent trip to Bangladesh, where they saw the impact donations from the H&M Foundation have had on some of the country’s poorest communities.


In her hands

Read how 12-year-old Sakshi is transforming her community in rural India with good hygiene.


Teacher presenting to students in an Indian school

Clean water brings bright futures

Thanks to H&M Foundation, more than 350 teachers and students in Mahoba, India, now have clean water and decent toilets at school.


Kiran and classTaking a stand on “a delicate issue”

In the face of myths and secrecy surrounding menstruation, hygiene outreach worker Kiran takes to the classroom to tackle the topic.