Thanks for the 8,500 votes to restore forests! IKEA will donate $1 for every vote to plant a tree. Additionally, IKEA will donate the remaining $75,000 to American Forests to help restore forests damaged or devastated by wildfire and provide wildlife habitat.
IKEA and American Forests create a film for children
IKEA US and American Forests want children to know just how important forests and planting trees are to cleaning the air and cooling the globe.
To help educate children, a video has been created by American Forests, in collaboration with IKEA, that simply explains how forests and trees benefit all life on the planet, including wildlife, and help to slow or mediate climate change.
This video is currently being shown in all IKEA store’s Smaland playrooms, designated areas for children’s play and learning.
At IKEA, we want to have a positive impact on the environment, and be part of the solution to climate change, which is why by 2020 we’re going to be 100% renewable – producing as much renewable energy as we consume using renewable sources. This year, we made encouraging strides including…
● Wind Farms - In 2015, IKEA announced the purchase of our second wind farm with our 165 megawatt Cameron Wind Farm in Texas. Our first investment was made in 2014 with the purchase our 98 megawatt Hoopeston wind project in Illinois.
● Solar Panels – Currently, 90% of the IKEA US buildings are outfitted with solar panels.
● Geothermal – IKEA Centennial and IKEA Merriam stores were built with a geothermal unit which is a heating and cooling system
● In 2014, 80% of waste in our US stores was recycled or turned into energy.
Charge your car while you shop – at select stores
IKEA US has installed EV charging stations in select stores to support our visitors in being energy efficient and furthering our commitment to a smaller carbon footprint. Currently, the following stores have EV charging stations available for our visitors:
• Tempe, Arizona
• Carson, California
• Costa Mesa, California
• Covina, California
• East Palo, California
• Emeryville, California
• San Diego, California
• Atlanta, Georgia
• Bolingbrook, Illinois
• Portland, Oregon
• Dallas, Texas
• Houston, Texas
• Seattle, Washington
IKEA and UNICEF have a long-standing collaboration - since 1988, IKEA has sold UNICEF cards in our stores. During the holiday season, all of our US stores sold UNICEF cards with 100% of the proceeds donated to the UNICEF US Fund.
Through the sale of the cards, IKEA customers donated $457,729. Additionally, in 2014, IKEA donated $1 for every box of cards sold resulting with a supplementary donation of $39,074.
Visit your local IKEA store today and pick up some cards to send to your friends and family!
Over $1 million donated from the US to support refugees
Thanks to our customers and co-workers support, IKEA US raised over $1 million for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). From February 1 – March 28, 2015, for every LED light bulb purchased, the IKEA Foundation donated $1 to the UN Refugee Agency.
The funds raised by the campaign will help improve the lives of 380,000 refugees in Bangladesh, Chad, Ethiopia and Jordan by providing education opportunities, solar street lights, solar lanterns and other renewable energy solutions. Globally, the 2015 campaign raised $11.6 million EURO for refugees around the world.
We raised enough to provide over 3 million meals for children and their families in our local communities!
According to Feeding America, more than one out of five US children live in a household with food insecurity, which means they do not always know where they will find their next meal.
From June 1 – 30, 2015, for every healthy kid’s meal purchased in our Restaurants, IKEA US donated a $1 to Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. Additionally, IKEA customers added $1 donations at all IKEA store registers at check-outs, customer restaurants, Bistros and Swedish Food Markets.
In 2015, thanks to the generous support and donation from our customers, IKEA US raised $351,605 for Feeding America! In 2014, $100,000 was donated to Feeding America.
Co-workers travel to Kosovo as iWitness Ambassadors
Our co-workers work hard to promote the Soft Toys for Education campaign in their stores so that we can donate more money to fund incredible educational projects run by Save the Children and UNICEF around the world. The IWitness program grants small groups of IKEA co-workers to visit some of these projects.
Recently, IKEA US awarded six co-workers the opportunity to travel to Save the Children programs in Kosovo to see first-hand what a difference our support makes in the lives of children around the world.
The trips are an incredible opportunity to see first-hand what a difference our support makes in the lives of children. Save the Children has been working in Kosovo since 1997 establishing strong working relationships at local and national levels with ministries, institutions and the community in general.
While travelling, IKEA co-workers shared photos, thoughts and blogged about their experience. Our iWitness Ambassadors share their experiences so that all co-workers, customers, friends and family can see how, together with our partners, we are helping children create better opportunities for themselves and their families.
IKEA Round Rock and Houston stores build collaboration with social entrepreneurs
Since 2012, IKEA has been creating collaborations with social entrepreneurs across the world that focus on benefitting social issues and creating lasting change in their communities. IKEA chooses to partner with artisans in small-scale producer groups who would not usually meet the company’s regular demands of supply due to their limited resources and small numbers. Through these partnerships we are creating something a little different for our customers - limited edition, hand-made collections that have been created with a social mission and still affordable for everyone.
In 2015, the IKEA Houston and IKEA Round Rock stores worked with the Austin-based Multicultural Refugee Coalition (MRC) and Open Arms to offer a limited edition textiles collection available for purchase only to Houston and Austin area customers. They collaborated with MRC because IKEA supports the organization’s social mission of providing job opportunity, fair wages and development to refugees in our communities. We applaud the sustainable efforts that Open Arms provides by creating unique items with reclaimed fabrics while providing empowerment through employment.
Giving children the opportunity to get an education
For every soft toy or children’s book sold in stores during the Soft Toys for Education campaign – which runs every year in November and December – IKEA Foundation donates $1 to UNICEF and Save the Children.
Since 2003, the campaign has reached more than 11 million children through 90 projects in 46 different countries. Including this year, the total amount raised through the campaign is $90.4 million (€67 million).
This program rose over $1 million in the United States for UNICEF and Save the Children. Globally, the 2014 campaign rose over $14.6 million children’s education around the world.
BYOF raises $70,000 for Save the Children’s Early Steps to School Success program
Every year, IKEA US invite our biggest fans to come to our stores for one special day for free giveaways, food and chances to win gift cards on BYOF (Bring Your Own Friends) Day.
As part of the RSVP process, IKEA connected with Save the Children to raise funds for their US program Early Steps to School Success. For every RSVP made for BYOF day, IKEA donated $1 to Save the Children.
Thanks to the enthusiastic support of our visitors, $70,000 was donated in 2015 to Save the Children to support families in rural America prepare their children for school.
Bringing safety and comfort to families during emergencies with the American Red Cross
IKEA is an American Red Cross Disaster Responder which ensures that support is provided on location following a disaster and resources are made available to help those in need.
In 2015, IKEA stores created 4,300 care packages to be used in emergency situations by local American Red Cross chapters. These care packages will allow the chapters to respond proactively in emergency situations. Each care package is a FRAKTA blue bag filled with IKEA items including sheets, pillows, towels, and washcloths.
Furniture donated for Save the Children emergency response in Texas
In 2014, Save the Children estimates that over 68,500 unaccompanied children fled from Central America into the United States seeking refuge from violence, poverty and other difficulties in their countries. Many of them arrived in need of urgent care and assistance. Working with local community groups, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other organizations, Save the Children connected with the local assistance centers and is providing a long-term strategy to support children in this crisis.
As a longtime supporter of Save the Children and their efforts, IKEA US donated furniture for children in assistance centers in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and greater Houston area. The in-kind donations included children-sized tables, chairs, rugs and rocking chairs to create a more comfortable space for the children in need while they were in transition.
42 US charities to receive IKEA makeover and product donations
In 2015, 42 charities across the US will be receiving IKEA makeover and product donations as a result of winning this year’s IKEA Life Improvement Challenge. Additionally, 60 other charities who were first and second runner ups, won IKEA gift cards.
Each year, IKEA receives many inspiring proposals from IKEA co-workers as candidates for the campaign. Then each store’s IKEA steering committee selects up to three organizations for co-workers and customers to vote online (this year’s voting period was February 16 - March 2). The charitable organization, from each store market, with the highest number of online votes becomes the winner, and the 2nd and 3rd place winners receive IKEA gift cards.