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 (WASH) programme as well as several local projects in Bangladesh.

The global programme – entering the next phase

In 2014 The H&M Foundation donated £5 million to a three-year programme to bring safe water, toilets and hygiene to more than 250,000 of the world’s poorest students. The programme worked with a range of partners and helped influence national education policies.

The H&M Foundation is donating more than £5 million for the next-three year phase 2017-2020. This phase will have a broader scope, focusing on getting sustainable access to water and sanitation services to people’s homes, at healthcare facilities and in schools in four target countries; Cambodia, Ethiopia, Pakistan and Uganda.

Local projects

Alongside the Global Programme, the H&M Foundation and WaterAid are also running two local projects in Bangladesh. One of them (spending over £3 million between 2013 and 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 (spending £1.3 million between 2016 and 2020) aims to increase access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene practices for 10,600 residents in Banglabazar outside Dhaka, a low-income community built around factories.

Toilets, including facilities for people with disabilities, at Gabtoli Bus Terminal, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Toilets, including facilities for people with disabilities, at Gabtoli Bus Terminal, Dhaka.

Stories from our programme

Kiran holding up a picture board in a classroom in Pakistan.

Taking a stand on 'a delicate issue'
1 April 2016

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

In her hands
17 August 2015

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

Yemisrach, 7, Ethiopia.

Yemisrach’s story
20 February 2015

Having clean water and safe toilets at school will give Yemisrach the best possible start in life – and the chance to enjoy her childhood.