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Diversity & inclusion

An IKEA co-worker, in a yellow and black shirt, helping two customers in the store.

Being ourselves, and contributing with our uniqueness makes us all grow

Caring for people, diversity and inclusion are embedded in our vision and in our values. At IKEA Group, we see diversity and inclusion as the right thing to do. Recognising our co-workers’ differences contributes to creativity and supports our growth. We strive to have a diverse and inclusive work environment where co-workers feel valued for their uniqueness, recognised for their diverse talents, and where co-workers can be themselves.
Simply put: we believe the uniqueness of every individual makes IKEA better!

An inclusive workplace for all!

At IKEA we believe in fair treatment and equal opportunities, regardless of our background and individual differences.


IKEA is working on the first ever UN Guidance for Business on Tackling Discrimination against LGBT+ people, in cooperation with the United Nations Human Rights Office. We want to contribute to LGBT+ inclusion in all areas of our business and in society.

An inclusive workplace for all!

From May 17th, IKEA Group is celebrating IDAHOT (International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia) to stand up for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities (LGBT+). 
In our IKEA Group Policy on Human Rights and Equality we commit to creating a culture in which human rights and equality are respected and supported, and in which discrimination is not tolerated. Standing up for the rights of the LGBT+ community is simply part of who we are. 
We encourage all our co-workers to be themselves, as we believe that acknowledging the uniqueness of each individual makes IKEA better. 
Since last year, IKEA Group has been working on the first ever UN Guidance for Business on Tackling Discrimination against LGBT+ people, in cooperation with the United Nations Human Rights Office. In January 2017, the IKEA Group LGBT+ Inclusion Plan was launched to create a fully inclusive work environment, and to contribute to a positive change for LGBT+ inclusion in all areas of our business and in society.
At IKEA, you can be yourself!

Diversity comes in all shapes and sizes

At IKEA Group, we welcome all dimensions of diversity. A diverse workplace is good for our co-workers, for our customers and for our business. Working with differences helps us grow both as individuals and as an organisation. 

Two female IKEA co-workers  embracing each other.

Gender equality

We believe gender equality is a human right. Our ambition is to reach gender equality at IKEA Group, which goes beyond a 50/50 gender balance in all levels and positions. Gender equality is also about creating an inclusive culture where all genders are valued for their unique contributions. 
That is why... we have been working with the gender agenda for over a decade. We are proud to be part of the first UN high-level panel on Women Economic Empowerment to help unlock potential for women to fully participate in the economy and achieve financial independence. 
One male IKEA co-worker talking with two customers, one female and one male.


As a humanistic and values-driven company, we support our LGBT+ co-workers’ right to be themselves; we provide equal opportunities to develop at the IKEA Group, and to contribute to our business. We actively aim at creating a fully inclusive work environment, contributing to a positive change in all areas of our business and in society.
That is why... we have joined Workplace Pride, a non-profit umbrella organisation that strives for greater acceptance of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) people in the workplace. Through this membership we connect with other global companies and exchange organisational best practices for LGBT+ issues.

”Inclusion is everyone’s responsibility”


Inclusion at IKEA Group is about creating a work environment in which our co-workers are successful because they feel welcomed, respected, supported and appreciated. It is about developing an infrastructure with collaborative ways of working; it is about practicing inclusive behaviours daily and making the most of our differences.

A photo of Claudia Marshall, distribution area manager at IKEA.

Inclusion in practice

A truly inclusive workplace contributes to our creativity and business results.
“I strive to create a work climate where everybody feels respected, supported and valued for their participation and contribution to the business.”
Claudia Marshall
Distribution Area Manager,
North Europe