ABOUT THE IKEA GROUP

Welcome inside our company

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We are a values-driven company with a passion for life at home. Every product we create is our idea for making home a better place. At the IKEA Group, we have 303 stores in 26 countries.
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ABOUT THE IKEA GROUP: Business concept | Sustainable growth | Key figures | Organisation
BUSINESS CONCEPT
Vision and business idea
“To create a better everyday life for the many people”, this is the IKEA vision. Our business idea is “to offer a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them”.
We work hard to achieve quality at affordable prices for our customers through optimising our entire value chain, by building long-term supplier relationships, investing in highly automated production and producing large volumes. Our vision also goes beyond home furnishing. We want to create a better everyday for all people impacted by our business.
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ABOUT THE IKEA GROUP: Business concept | Sustainable growth | Key figures | Organisation
SUSTAINABLE GROWTH
Investing for the future
The main financial principle of the IKEA Group is to grow by using our own resources. In other words, we earn our money before we spend it. This makes it possible for us to make long-term investments for the future.
The IKEA vision is the foundation for our growth. We want to make sure that IKEA is accessible, so that more people can create a better everyday life at home. We re-invest a majority of our profits in existing and new IKEA stores, as well as in product development, sustainable solutions and by continuously lowering prices to our customers.
A father with his young daughter looking at an IKEA PS 2012 pendant lamp at the IKEA store.
3 growth areas
GROWTH AREAS
A stack of white IKEA PS VÅLLÖ water cans in a cardboard box
Quality products at low prices
To reach many people, our products must be of good quality and affordable. We design with our customers’ needs in mind. Read about our process in Democratic Design
Two workmen installing solar panels on the roof of an IKEA store
People & Planet Positive
We are working towards having an overall positive impact on both people and the planet while we continue to grow. Go see more in People & Planet
A photo of a store co-worker organising curtains at an IKEA store
When people grow, IKEA grows too
Our co-workers are essential for our continued growth. We see every person as a talent with the possibility to develop. Find out more in Working at the IKEA Group
ABOUT THE IKEA GROUP: Business concept | Sustainable growth | Key figures | Organisation
A world map with the number of IKEA stores on four continents
KEY FIGURES
IKEA Group at a glance 2013
North America 50 stores
Europe 215 stores
Asia 19 stores
Russia 14 stores
Australia 5 stores
Total sales EUR 27.9 billion
Stores 303 in 26 countries
Products About 9,500 in the range
Co-workers 135,000
Suppliers 1,046 home furnishing suppliers in 52 countries
Store visits 684 million
Web visits 1.3 billion
Catalogues 212 million printed in 29 languages
IKEA Food EUR 1.4 billion yearly turnover
Production Approximately 60% of our production is in Europe
Growing IKEA
In 2013* we opened five new stores in four countries, and gained market share in most markets. Some of the strongest growth was in Russia and China, and there was also significant progress in North America and Poland.
* Period between September 1, 2012 to August 31, 2013
28.5
Columns that illustrate our revenue in euros from 2008-2013
The IKEA Group total revenue includes sales of articles and the rental income from our shopping centre operations.
21.8
23.5
25.2
27.6
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2010
2011
2012
2013
28.5
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ABOUT THE IKEA GROUP: Business concept | Sustainable growth | Key figures | Organisation
ORGANISATION
Our group management
Ingvar Kamprad in the self-service warehouse of an IKEA store
Ingvar Kamprad, Senior Advisor & Founder
“I decided that the stock market was not an option for IKEA. I knew that only a long-term perspective could secure our growth plans and I didn’t want IKEA to be become dependent on financial institutions.”
An organisational chart of the IKEA Group
The IKEA Group operates throughout the whole value chain from range strategy and product development to production, distribution and retail.
The IKEA Group of companies
IKEA Group Retail
Range strategy Product development Supply chain
IKEA Industry
IKEA Group Staff functions
INGKA Holding B.V.
Stichting IKEA Foundation
Stichting INGKA Foundation
Stichting IMAS Foundation
The IKEA Group structure
The founder of IKEA, Ingvar Kamprad, wanted to create an ownership structure that stands for independence and a long-term approach. That is why, since 1982, the IKEA Group has been owned by a foundation in the Netherlands. Our profits can only be reinvested, used for charitable purposes through the IKEA Foundation or kept as a financial reserve for future investments in the business.
Stichting INGKA Foundation
is the owner of INGKA Holding B.V. Its purpose is to hold shares and reinvest in the IKEA Group and to fund charity through the Stichting IKEA Foundation.
Stichting IMAS Foundation
manages financial assets on behalf of the Stichting INGKA Foundation.
Stichting IKEA Foundation
is the philanthropic arm of the Stichting INGKA Foundation. It funds programmes that, e.g., improve the rights of children in the developing world, enabling them and their families to have a better future. Get more details at IKEA Foundation
INGKA Holding B.V.
is the parent company of the IKEA Group of companies. Its purpose is to support and manage the IKEA Group.The Supervisory Board consists of: Göran Grosskopf (Chairman), Luisa Delgado, Lars-Johan Jarnheimer, Jonas Kamprad, Göran Lindahl, Peter Lund and Carl Wilhelm Ros. Ingvar Kamprad is senior advisor to the board.
IKEA Industry
is a group of companies manufacturing furniture and wood-based boards and panels, which includes development of production capacities and new strategic businesses to support IKEA’s growth. In total, IKEA Industry has around 18,000 co-workers in 11 countries.
Franchise structure
The IKEA Group has the assignment from Inter IKEA Systems to develop and set the IKEA product range for all IKEA stores. Inter IKEA Systems is part of the Inter IKEA Group. Inter IKEA Group and the IKEA Group are a separate group of companies with different owners. Visit the Inter IKEA Group site for more information
The IKEA Group franchises the IKEA retail system and methods from Inter IKEA Systems B.V. in the Netherlands. Inter IKEA Systems B.V. is the owner of the IKEA Concept and the worldwide IKEA franchisor. The IKEA franchise operation was established in the early 1980s.
Read more about at Inter IKEA Systems B.V.
Our group management
From left to right:
Steve Howard, Sustainability
Jesper Brodin, IKEA of Sweden
Helen Duphorn, Corporate Communications
Peter Agnefjäll, President & CEO
Petra Hesser, Human Resources
Alistair Davidson, Head of Staff
Leif Hultman, IKEA Industry
Martin Hansson, Retail (not pictured)
A group photo of the IKEA group managment team (7 people)
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PEOPLE & PLANET
For a sustainable future
We have a strong tradition of working with sustainability. Find out more information in our People & Planet section. Visit People & Planet
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