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H&M and UNICEF Partnership

Summary

H&M has had a partnership with UNICEF since 2004 and has supported several UNICEF projects throughout the years. The projects have focused on education for girls, HIV/AIDS prevention in Cambodia and children’s rights in Uzbekistan. H&M has also contributed to UNICEF’s disaster relief work on several occasions

H&M has had a partnership with UNICEF since 2004 and has supported several UNICEF projects throughout the years. The projects have focused on education for girls, HIV/AIDS prevention in Cambodia and children’s rights in Uzbekistan. H&M has also contributed to UNICEF’s disaster relief work on several occasions.

Since 2007 H&M’s cooperation with UNICEF is focused on the situation of children in cotton producing areas of India. H&M takes a clear stand against child labour and want to work closely with UNICEF to address this issue. In 2009 H&M and UNICEF launched the project, ‘All for Children’, with the aim to improve the situation for children in cotton producing areas in Tamil Nadu, India.

‘All For Children’
In July 2009, H&M and UNICEF launched the project called ‘All For Children’, a five-year initiative supported by a $4.5 million donation from H&M and implemented by UNICEF. The project focuses on protecting the rights of children in cotton producing areas in the state of Tamil Nadu in southern India. The goal: to get children out of work and into school; improve access to health care and support their nutrition.

‘All for Children’ focuses its efforts on the cotton producing districts of Salem and Dharmapuri in the state of Tamil Nadu, where an estimated 1.2 million children live. The two districts have a history of child labour due to a variety of factors such as poverty, lack of education and low awareness of children’s rights.

To combat these problems and ensure long-lasting results, ‘All for Children’ works with several important areas. For example, the project gives children access to quality education and health care, and creates opportunities for families to secure incomes so that they can afford to let their children go to school instead of work. The project also raises awareness of children’s right to be respected, to go to school and to good health.

The project is also supported by H&M’s customers who on a regular basis are offered a specially designed organic cotton bag through H&M’s stores. Thirty percent of sales go directly to the project.