// H&M has launched its first ever STEM programme in the United Kingdom
// H&M have said the programme marks a key step in their aim of becoming a more inclusive and diverse business
H&M is launching the first ever UK STEM programme which aims to inspire women and non-binary people to work in roles in science, technology, engineering and maths.
Due to be introduced in the UK this month in partnership with not-for profit charity Stemettes, the initiative will focus on “sustainability and style”, with participants exploring STEM’s contribution to a more sustainable fashion future.
Participants will explore the theme through a panel and networking event, a hackathon and one-to-one mentoring by H&M’s STEM role models in the fields of artificial intelligence, customer centric technology, assortment and product development.
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H&M said the programme will mark a key step in its quest to become more inclusive and diverse and will help grow representation of women and non-binary people in the increasingly digitalised STEM fields.
They have said that they hope to positively impact communities by investing in young women and non-binary people, building new connections and focusing on issues that affect diversity and inclusion within STEM.
H&M’s partnership with Stemettes in the UK will be followed by a series of STEM programmes being rolled out around the world by H&M Group.
Kirsty Finn-Murphy, H&M UK & IE country HR manager, said: “Our ambition within H&M is to promote equity, diversity and inclusion for all our colleagues and customers. This is the reason we’re excited to collaborate with Stemettes – an award-winning social enterprise working to inspire and support young women and non-binary people in science, technology, engineering and maths careers. We believe our H&M role models collaborating with these young talents will inspire them to choose a career within STEM.”
Pascal Brun, head of sustainability at H&M, added: “This is about the future and how we bring tech, science and data into the core of what we do. I think through this program, we could position ourselves and attract future talent which will be a core competence in future.”