Terms & Conditions

The H&M Foundation (“Foundation”) is an independent non-profit global foundation initiated by H&M. The Foundation’s mission is to contribute to positive long-term change for people and communities. The Foundation’s global programs and local projects reach beyond the H&M value chain and strive to make a positive impact both on global policy level and in the everyday life of people. The Foundation is funded by the Stefan Persson family, founders and main owners of H&M. The Foundation has decided to catalyze pioneering ideas in the fashion value chain with the goal of protecting the planet leading to improved living conditions for people through the Global Change Award (“Competition”). By submitting an entry in the Competition (“Entry”) each participant agrees to these Terms & Conditions.

1. GENERAL

1.1 Participants in the Competition (“Participants”) may submit Entries between September 13, 2017, 07:00 GMT and October 31, 2017, 23:00 GMT. In addition to the Competition, the Foundation will arrange an Early Bird Competition (“EBC”), as described under section 5. The Participants of the EBC may submit Entries between September 13, 2017, 07:00 GMT and October 6, 23:00 GMT.

1.2 From the eligible Entries, the Foundation will choose fifteen (15) finalists (“Finalists”). The fifteen Finalists will be assessed and scored by the expert advisory board (“Advisory Board”). The top five Finalists will be confirmed by the Foundation’s Board of Directors (“Board of Directors”) and crowned Competition winners (“Winners”).

1.3 The Winners will also be voted on by the public through an online poll (“Online Poll”) on www.globalchangeaward.com (“Website”) where they will be ranked according to whoever gets the most votes. The Winners receive a grant based on their rank in the Online Poll (“Grant”). Winner’s minimum grant is €150 000. 1.4 The Grant must be used to fulfill the plan described in the Entry and in accordance with these Terms & Conditions.

2. PARTICIPANTS

2.1 The Competition is open to; Individuals or groups of two (2) to five (5) individuals from any country, eighteen years of age or older on the day of the submission of the Entry, and all institutions and organizations (excluding solely commercial entities like corporations), domiciled in any country, and legally recognized as such in that country, in which all owners and/or leading persons are eighteen years of age or older on the day of the submission of the Entry.

2.2 The Competition is not open to; Foundation employees, employees and consultants of the H&M group or any entities owned in full or in part by the H&M group, employees and consultants of KTH Innovation, Accenture or such other project partners as announced by the Foundation, members of the expert advisory board, immediate family members and/or household members of the individuals mentioned in this clause, or solely commercial entities.

2.3 The Foundation reserves the right to exclude any Participant and any Entry from the Competition at any time, for any reason, without prior notice and without compensation

3. THE ENTRY

3.1 To take part in the Competition, Participant shall complete and submit an Entry. The Entry shall describe an idea and include a plan to develop that idea into an innovation, a budget etc., as set out in the application form on apply.globalchangeaward.com.

3.2 Participant bears all costs of the Entry, including but not limited to costs related to researching, preparing and submitting the Entry.

3.3 There is no fee for submitting an Entry to the Competition.

3.4 Entries received after the deadline set out in 1.1 will not be considered.

3.5 Each Participant may only submit one (1) Entry. Participants who submit multiple Entries, use false names or multiple e-mail addresses will be disqualified.

3.6 The Entry must be entirely in English. Entries in other languages as well as damaged, incomplete, illegible and/or otherwise unintelligible Entries, will not be considered.

3.7 Submitted Entries will in their entirety become the sole property of the Foundation upon submission and will not be returned to Participant after the Competition. As for possible intellectual property rights connected to the Entry, see below at 8.

4. PROCEDURE

4.1 All Entries submitted in accordance with these Terms & Conditions will be evaluated by the Foundation.

4.2 The Foundation’s evaluation of Entries shall be based on;

  • the Entry’s potential to make fashion circular and thereby protect the planet and lead to improved living conditions for people;
  • impact and scalability
  • is it economically sustainable
  • is it novel
  • how well suited is the team to make it happen
  • would winning the grant make a difference
  • 4.3 Participants can revise and update their Entries until it has been submitted. Participants may be asked to provide additional information to assist the Foundation in assessing the Entries. Participant agrees to cooperate with the Foundation, including by being available to provide such information and be interviewed per email, telephone, Skype or other method of communication decided by the Foundation.

    Finalists

    4.4 From the eligible Entries, the Foundation will select fifteen (15) Finalists.

    Winners

    4.5 An expert advisory board, listed on the Website, will evaluate and score the Finalists based on the criteria set out in 4.2.

    4.6 The Advisory Board’s ranking of the Finalists is subject to confirmation by the Board of Directors under the Foundation’s statutes. The Board of Directors may either confirm the Advisory Board’s ranking whereby the five highest-scored Finalists are crowned 5 Winners in the Competition, or remit back to the Advisory Board.

    The Online Poll

    4.7 The Winners and their respective Entries will subsequently participate in an Online Poll from March 12 - 16, 2018 on the Website. Winners’ Entries, as well as additional information supplied by the Winner, will in part and a depersonalized manner be featured on the Website where the public will vote for their favorite Winner and Entry online.

    4.8 Neither Winners nor third parties may entice people to vote in the Online Poll by offering any consideration, gift, award, kickback, bribe, or inducement, including merchandise, cash, online/virtual currency, discounts, lottery, vote trading or anything deemed to have value in exchange for votes, including donations to charity. Non-compliance will result in disqualification.

    4.9 Manipulation or any type of game voting in the Online Poll is strictly prohibited and will result in disqualification. The Foundation reserves the right to disregard or adjust the results of the voting procedure if the Foundation, at its sole discretion, deems that the result of the Online Poll has been manipulated or tampered with in any way whatsoever.

    4.10 Disqualification based on non-compliance with 4.8-9 and the Foundation’s decision to disregard or adjust the results of the poll according to 4.9 is final.

    The results of the Online Poll

    4.11 The Winners will be provided Grant based on the results of the Online Poll, according to the below.

    4.12 If two or more Winners receive the same number of votes in the Online Poll, the Grants for the two Winners concerned, according to the below, will be added together and shared equally between the Winners with the same number of votes.

    The results of the Competition

    4.13 The Winners shall be notified by telephone of the results of the Competition. The results shall be announced publicly on the Website after the Winners have been notified.

    4.14 The Winners will be celebrated in Stockholm in March 2018. Winners will be required to travel to Stockholm during this time to partake in a ceremony as decided by the Foundation.

    4.15 The result of the Online Poll will be revealed at the ceremony in Stockholm.

    4.16 The Foundation shall reimburse reasonable travel and lodging expenses incurred by one person per Winner. Reimbursement is subject to approval in writing in advance by the Foundation.

    4.17 All decisions, including the ranking of Finalists and awarding of points and Grants, made by the Foundation and/or the Advisory Board are final.

    5. EARLY BIRD COMPETITION

    5.1 The Early Bird Competition (“EBC”) is a competition, in addition to the main Competition, for early Entries. Participants in the EBC may submit Entries between September 13, 2017, 07:00 GMT and October 6, 2017, 23:00 GMT. The Entries to the EBC automatically competes in the Competition. If an Entry is submitted to the EBC, that Entry is valid for the EBC and the Competition and the Participant is not allowed to submit any additional Entry, in accordance with 3.5.

    5.2 The Foundation, will name one (1) Participant as winner of the EBC. The winner of the EBC will have the opportunity to participate in a 5 days long accelerator trip to Shanghai or New York. Flights in economy class, meals, housing and local transportation are included in the Accelerator trip. For the avoidance of doubt, the winner of the EBC will not be awarded any financial grant.

    5.3 The winner of the EBC will be announced in conjunction to the ceremony in March 2018. The winner of the EBC is not required to travel to the ceremony in Stockholm.

    5.4 The Entries to the EBC are evaluated in the same way as the Entries to the main Competition, in accordance with 4.1-4.3. All other requirements, set out in accordance with this Agreement, for competing in the main Competition also apply for competing in the EBC.

    5.5 Competing in the EBC do not affect the chances of winning the Competition.

    6. THE GRANT

    6.1 Each Winner of the Competition is awarded a Grant based on the results of the Online Poll according to the below;

  • the Winner with the most votes in the Online Poll is awarded a grant of €300 000),
  • the Winner with the second most votes in the Online Poll is awarded a grant of €250 000,
  • the Winner with the third most votes in the Online Poll is awarded a grant of €150 000,
  • the Winner with the fourth most votes in the Online Poll is awarded a grant of €150 000, and
  • the Winner with the fifth most votes in the Online Poll is awarded a grant of €150 000.
  • 6.2 The Grant is non-transferable and may not be substituted for another prize.

    6.3 The Grant awarded to a Winner will be transferred by the Foundation to bank accounts specified by the Winner in two installments, with one half of the Grant transferred in April 2018 and with the remaining half of the Grant transferred in October 2018.

    6.4 The Grant will be transferred to a bank account held by a private individual, institution or organization, as defined in 2.1. The Foundation reserves the right to impose obligations on the Winner in order for the Foundation to transfer the Grant in whole or in part to said Winner.

    6.5 The Grant shall be used by the Winner solely for the implementation, exploitation and/or marketing of the plan according to the winning Entry. The Winner may subsequently, as part of the plan according to the winning Entry, form or act through or on behalf of any legal entity (including solely commercial entities) in order to implement, exploit and/or market the plan according to the winning Entry. The Winner may use the Grant to implement, according to a plan that differs from the plan submitted in the Entry (“Modified Plan”), only after such Modified Plan has been approved in advance by the Foundation.

    6.6 Any tax levied on Winners as a result of the Winners’ receipt of the Total Grant Sum shall be paid for in full by that Winner. Each Winner shall have the sole responsibility for any taxes, duties, charges or levies to be paid to any third party in connection with any money (including the Grant) paid or received in connection with the Competition. Each Winner shall indemnify and hold the Foundation harmless against any loss, cost, damage, injury or expense which the Foundation may incur as a result of any breach of such responsibility. The Foundation shall not be liable for any costs incurred or loss, damage, injury, expense or liability suffered by Winners in relation to such taxes, duties, charges or levies to be paid.

    6.7 The Foundation may cancel, withhold, change and/or postpone awarding Grants if objective reasons for such cancellation, withholding, change or postponement arises.

    6.8 The Foundation may at its sole discretion refuse to award the Grant to a Winner who fails to comply wholly or in part with these Terms & Conditions. If it comes to the attention of the Foundation that a Winner has in any significant way failed to comply with these Terms & Conditions, the Foundation reserves the right, for a period of one year from the date of each bank transfer, to recover from the Winner part or all of the Grant transferred to that Winner.

    7. WARRANTIES

    7.1 Participant warrants that; Participant has read, understood and will conform with the H&M Foundation Code of Ethics, attached hereto as Appendix 1, for the duration of the Competition (and in the case Participant is a Winner, for one additional calendar year after receipt of the Grant), all information provided in the Entry is, to the best of Participant’s knowledge, true, complete, accurate and in conformity with the H&M Foundation Code of Ethics. the Entry is Participant’s own original creation and Participant is the sole author and proprietor of the Entry, Participant, by submitting the Entry, is not and will not be violating any contract or third party rights, including but not limited to patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, know-how, publicity or privacy rights, and will not violate any law. Additionally, the contents of the Entries may not be racist, discriminatory, pornographic, defamatory, or offensive in any other way, Participant has not sold, assigned or otherwise transferred and/or granted any rights in the Entry to any third party prior to entering the Competition, Participant will fully cooperate with and participate in all publicity and promotional activities including travel demands regarding participation in the Competition, and Participant will not engage in conduct that is detrimental to the name and/or reputation of the Foundation, the Competition, H&M, any third party partner to the Competition and/or other Participants, including but not limited to bringing such name or reputation into disrepute or ridicule.

    7.2 In addition to the warranties above in 7.1, Winner will during one calendar year following receipt of the Grant; have the opportunity to participate in innovation development, training, coaching, accelerator trips, networking, PR activities and experience sharing, be required to complete follow-up reports and surveys and give transparent and relevant updates on the status of the Winner’s efforts on implementing the Entry, as instructed by the Foundation, and to stay in regular and meaningful contact with the Foundation. The Foundation encourages Winners to raise awareness of the Global Change Award through communication in for example social media and interviews. To ensure that the communication is correct and aligned each Winner must adhere to the Global Change Award Winners´ Communication Policy, as per Annex 1.

    7.3 Participant shall indemnify and hold the Foundation harmless against any loss, cost, damage, injury or expense that the Foundation may incur as a result of any breach by the Participant of clause 7.1-2, including the Foundation’s legal costs.

    7.4 Participant will not use the name of any H&M group company or affiliated company, KTH Innovation, Accenture or such other project partners as announced by the Foundation, or any variation, adaptation, or abbreviation thereof, or of any of their trustees, employees, or agents, or trademark, in advertising or publicity without the written permission of the Foundation.

    7.5 Participant will not use the name of the Foundation or any of its trustees, employees, official collaborators or any trademark owned by the Foundation, in advertising without the written permission of the Foundation.

    7.6 Participant is aware that by entering the Competition, the plan and other information expressed or included in the Entry may be viewed by the public and risks being copied by third parties.

    8. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS

    8.1 This agreement does not constitute a transfer of ownership of any intellectual property rights from Participant to Foundation.

    8.2 Participant grants the Foundation an irrevocable, perpetual and worldwide right to publish and use the Entry, and personal data such as Participant’s name and picture, country of origin, videos and photographs, in publicity materials and in any media current or future, without limitation or compensation to the Participants, in connection with the Competition and future iterations of the Competition, during the time of the Competition and in the time thereafter.

    8.3 Participant grants the Foundation a corresponding irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide and compensation-free right to use any and all potential intellectual property rights mentioned in the grant in 8.2, for the purposes and uses mentioned in 8.2.

    8.4 Participant has the sole responsibility for securing any potential intellectual property rights related to Entry, such as by applying for registration of a patent, trademark or design. The Foundation shall not be liable for any costs incurred or loss, damage, injury, expense or liability suffered by Participants in relation to any failure to successfully secure any intellectual property rights related to the Entries.

    8.5 Participant has the sole responsibility for enforcing any potential infringements of intellectual property rights related to Entry. The Foundation shall not be liable for any costs incurred or loss, damage, injury, expense or liability suffered by Participants in relation to any infringement of any intellectual property rights related to the Entries.

    8.6 The Foundation’s use of Participant’s personal data is governed by a privacy policy, Appendix 2.

    9. LIABILITY

    9.1 The Foundation, its trustees, directors, officers, employees, competition partners or Jury members, shall not be liable for damages of any sort, including incidental and consequential damages such as economic damages, lost profits, injury to property, personal injury or death, caused by advice or information given or decisions made, as a result of or in any way connected to the Participant’s participation in the Competition.

    9.2 The Foundation shall not be liable for any late, lost, delayed, misdirected, damaged, incomplete or illegible Entries.

    9.3 The Website, and the material displayed on the Website, is provided without any guarantees, conditions or warranties as to its accuracy. To the extent permitted by law, The Foundation, members of the H&M group and connected third parties are not liable for any direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage incurred by Participant in connection with the operation of the Website or in connection with Participant’s use, inability to use, or results of the use of the Website, any websites linked to it and any materials posted on it.

    10. TERM

    10.1 The Competition ends on the date on which the Winners are announced or any other date if the Competition is cancelled, as then communicated by the Foundation. As described at 7.1-2, these Terms & Conditions include warranties that remain in effect for a calendar year from the date when Winners are announced.

    10.2 The Foundation shall be entitled to cancel and/or abandon the Competition at any time, for any reason, without prior notice and without any liability whatsoever.

    11. GOVERNING LAW AND JURISDICTION

    11.1 These Terms & Conditions shall be governed by the laws of Sweden.

    11.2 Any and all disputes that may follow from or are related to these Terms & Conditions shall be finally settled by arbitration in accordance with the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce’s Rules for Expedited Arbitrations. The place of arbitration shall be Stockholm, Sweden. The language to be used in the arbitral proceedings shall be English.

    12. MISCELLANEOUS

    12.1 The Foundation shall be entitled to modify each of these Terms & Conditions and/or to impose new rules and regulations in respect of the Competition at any time for any reason, without prior notice and without any liability whatsoever. The modified and/or newly imposed Terms & Conditions will be effective immediately upon being posted on the Website.

    12.2 Nothing contained in these Terms & Conditions shall be construed as creating any employment, agency, partnership, or joint venture relationship between the Foundation on the one hand and any Participant on the other hand.

    12.3 The invalidity of any clause of these Terms & Conditions shall not affect the enforceability and/or validity of any other clause of these Terms & Conditions.

    COMMUNICATION GUIDELINES FOR THE GLOBAL CHANGE AWARD WINNERS

    The purpose of these guidelines is to outline, for the Winners of the Global Change Award, how to communicate the challenge. The Foundation encourages the Winners to communicate around their engagement in the challenge and the guidelines ensure that the communication is correct and aligned.

    ABOUT H&M FOUNDATION

    If communicating about the H&M Foundation these messages are important to align with:

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

    The mission of the H&M Foundation is to create long lasting positive change and improve living conditions by investing in communities, people and innovative ideas.

    KEY MESSAGES

    If communicating about the Global Change Award, these messages are important to align with:

    The Global Change Award is an innovation challenge, initiated by the non-profit H&M Foundation in 2015.

    By catalyzing early innovations that can accelerate the shift from a linear to a circular fashion industry, the aim is to protect the planet and our living conditions.

    The Global Change Award is one of the world’s biggest challenges for early stage innovation and the first such initiative in the fashion industry. It takes on one of the biggest challenges facing today’s fashion industry – creating fashion for a growing population, while improving its impact on the environment.

    An expert panel annually selects five winners that share a grant of €1 million and get access to a one-year innovation accelerator provided by the H&M Foundation, Accenture and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

    MEDIA & INTERVIEWS

    If a Winner gets specific questions from media about the H&M Foundation, Global Change Award or H&M as a company, which cannot be answered by above messages, these should be forwarded to the H&M Foundation to answer: hello@globalchangeaward.com

    Always inform the Foundation if an interview about Global Change Award is planned and which media the interview will appear in: hello@globalchangeaward.com

    SOCIAL MEDIA

    In social media the GCA is found here:
    Facebook: @hmfoundation
    Instagram: @hmfoundation
    Hashtags: #globalchangeaward #hmfoundation