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Social impact

We're on a mission to create a better everyday life for people all over the world. We want our actions in society to be aiming towards and fairer and more equal community. Read on to learn more about the many ways in which we put people and planet first.

Refugee Workforce Inclusion

In October 2020, IKEA Australia launched a pilot employment program for refugees and asylum seekers, in partnership with Community Corporate.

In three years, we’ve had 185 remarkable participants in our stores and warehouses, from 23 different cultural backgrounds, speaking 40 languages.

We're proud to evolve this program to be a permanent pillar of our recruitment.

More about the program

Part of our Global Commitments at Ingka Group 

Our commitments continue

IKEA is a franchise business, with many groups of companies working together under one IKEA brand.

Ingka Group, the largest retailer in the franchise, will continue to support refugees through integration by providing upskilling through language and technical training, building inclusive talent pools and advocating for positive change with UNHCR.

IKEA Foundation will continue to fund work related to those forcibly displaced beyond the 300 million EUR already provided, while working to maximise the impact on displaced communities.

Inter IKEA Group will keep working with Jordan River Foundation to create 400 long term jobs and social integration.

IKEA Social Entrepreneurship, alongside the Cisco Foundation and NESsT, has launched an initiative to assist refugees and migrants in Poland and Romania, targeting to create 3,000 long-term jobs that will positively impact over 5,000 displaced people.

More about the commitments

The LGBT+ community is facing an inclusion gap

Too many in the LGBT+ community, especially younger people, face a real inclusion gap. We can close this gap by listening, understanding and building bridges. That's why we're taking this conversation to learn about this community's dreams and visions for a more inclusive future. 

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Make LGBT+ people feel at home

Everybody should have somewhere they’re welcomed and accepted. But only half of LGBT+ people feel they can be open about who they are. Together, let’s make the LGBT+ community feel at home.

How you help
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Working with social entrepreneurs for a better future

One way we’re creating a better everyday life for the many people is by promoting social entrepreneurs to create long-lasting, positive change for those who need it most.

Learn more
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Our partners in responsible business

Our suppliers are our partners in affecting positive change. Together we work to run our businesses in a socially and environmentally responsible way, creating a better everyday life for people around the world.

Our suppliers

A little place mat that makes a big difference

Made from Vietnamese water hyacinth, SOARÉ may seem like a simple place mat. However, it also keeps local waterways passable, preserves traditional handicrafts and earns the weavers extra money.

Promoting ethical hand-weaving

Together with our suppliers, we’re working to improve the way hand-made rugs are produced in India and Bangladesh, ensuring more care for the environment, good working conditions and better gender equality.

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IKEA sustainability ambitions for 2030

The IKEA Sustainability Strategy – People and Planet Positive – sets out our goals for transforming the IKEA business, the industries in the IKEA value chain and life at home for people all across the world.

Our Sustainability Strategy