Building a bright future €1 at a timeSoft Toys for Education is a global campaign that runs for around two months at the end of each year. It’s a collaborative effort between IKEA and the IKEA Foundation to raise money and awareness of how childhood education can break the cycle of poverty. And it’s all made possible by IKEA customers: for every soft toy or children’s book they buy at IKEA during the campaign, the IKEA Foundation donates €1.
Co-workers from IKEA and IKEA Foundation recently joined UNICEF on an IWitness visit to some of the schools and villages in Madagascar to see first hand how Soft Toys for Education makes a difference.
100 million…the estimated number of children to benefit from programmes currently funded by the IKEA Foundation.
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Per Heggenes, CEO IKEA Foundation
By the end of 2012, the IKEA Foundation will have helped more than 74 million children by donating €108 million to UNICEF in India.
€1 is all it takes to provide five children in the developing world with books and pencils.
IKEA supported cotton projects reach around 100,000 farmers in India, Pakistan, China and Turkey.
An estimated 100 million children benefit from programmes currently funded by the IKEA Foundation.
Around 1,000 audits are performed at IKEA suppliers each year. Approximately three quarters of these are unannounced.
Protecting child rights in the supply chain
We believe that children have the right to be protected from exploitation, abuse and neglect. This is why child labour is unacceptable to IKEA and why we work actively to prevent and eliminate it. Our child labour code of conduct, introduced in 2000, was developed in close co-operation with Save the Children and with advice from the International Labour Organization (ILO) and UNICEF.
Independent third-party auditors complement our own audits to help us check for child labour at suppliers and their sub-contractors. On the rare occasion we have concerns about child labour in the IKEA supply chain, we always move quickly to address them. We take a responsible approach and ensure that the supplier addresses the problem and creates schooling opportunities for the children – not letting them simply move to another factory – always with the best interest of the child in mind.
Preventing and eradicating child labour is a big challenge, which can only be tackled by addressing the root causes with a holistic approach. That’s why the IKEA Foundation supports UNICEF and Save the Children child rights programmes in 25,000 villages in a number of states in India and Pakistan, reaching a total of 15 million children by the end of 2017. The aim is to create child-friendly communities, where the idea of every child attending and staying in school is fully embraced and encouraged by all parts of society.
The work we have done with suppliers since 2000 has contributed to more than 165,000 large and small improvements to working conditions and the environment.