Diversity & Inclusion
Diversity & Inclusion
Being ourselves, and contributing with our uniqueness makes us all grow
Caring for People and Diversity & Inclusion is embedded in our vision and in our values. At Ingka Group, we see diversity and inclusion as the right thing to do. Recognizing 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, recognized for their diverse talents, and where they can be themselves.
Simply put: we believe the uniqueness of every individual makes IKEA better!
Balance for better
Today 49.4% of our leaders are women, and the goal is to reach gender balance in all levels of leadership, functions, and positions. When we have the same opportunities to grow, regardless of gender or background, everyone wins.
Help us strike for the perfect balance.
We are committed to 50/50 gender equality in all leadership positions and all functions.
Diversity comes in all shapes and sizes
At Ingka Group, we welcome all dimensions of diversity. A diverse and inclusive 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 organization.
We believe gender equality is a human right. Our ambition is to reach gender equality at Ingka 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 have been 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.
As a humanistic and values driven company, we support our LGBT+ co-workers’ right to be themselves; we provide equal opportunities to develop at IKEA Canada 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, where co-workers feel valued for their uniqueness, recognized for their diverse talents and where they can be themselves.
That is why we... are a Canadian national partner of Pride at Work. Globally we are a partner of Workplace Pride and contributed to the UN Standards of Conduct for Business on Tackling Discrimination against LGBT+ people that was launched globally September 2017.
As well, each year, IKEA Canada marks the International Day Against Homophobia Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) by raising the pride flag together with co-workers from across the country. This symbolizes the commitment that IKEA has to an inclusive work environment- one which stands up for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, and celebrates people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
In honour of Pride 2019, we’ve launched a limited edition KVANTING bag in the colours of the rainbow flag. Inspired by Pride celebrations last year, these bags were conceptualized by a Canadian co-worker who came up with the idea to merge the iconic FRAKTA bag with the colours of Pride. Our co-workers are truly our best ambassadors for diversity and inclusion and these bags will now be sold in select markets globally, including all stores across Canada while supplies last.
100% of the proceeds from their sale will support Pflag Canada. Pflag Canada is proud to be Canada’s only national organization that offers peer-to-peer support striving to help all Canadians, especially within the LGBTQ2S community, with issues of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.
Inclusion at Ingka Group is about creating a work environment in which our co-workers are successful because they feel welcome, 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.
Meet Irina Sukhareva
Distribution Centre Manager and Diversity & Inclusion Ambassador
Hi Irina! Tell us about your job.
I joined IKEA in 2004 and have worked in different roles in Human Resources. In January 2016 I began my current job as Distribution Centre Manager.
What I love the most with my job is to see how much we can do and how great we can be when we work together. I find it powerful and inspiring to see how we as persons can change, learn and develop when we start listening to each other.
In 2015 I became a Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Ambassador. I have always felt passion in my heart for diversity and equality because of my personal background. My family moved rather often and I know firsthand what it feels like to be a stranger in a new place.
I also come from a multicultural family and feel for people who stick out and are different from others. I was so excited to join the network of Diversity & Inclusion Ambassadors after a great D&I workshop in Russia for leaders from different organizations.
Diversity & Inclusion is at the heart of the IKEA values. What does this mean for you?
I love that caring for people and Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) are embedded in our vision and in our values. As a humanistic company, we believe everyone has the right to be treated fairly and be given equal opportunities, whatever our background.
I feel proud when I see how people change and often start to bloom as they find a company where they can be themselves, where they feel accepted, where they start seeing new opportunities, and where they grow personally and develop their competence.
Ten years ago, Distribution was mostly considered men’s business. I remember a time when we only had one woman in our Operations department. It was a challenging task to make women believe they too can be great truck loaders, great forklift drivers, and do the same work as men!
Now the situation has changed for the better, and a female co-worker is not a surprise anymore. This is fantastic! We as a team only become better and more efficient from being diverse.