Progress is made. Right here. With you.
LGBT+ inclusion is an issue very close to our hearts. At IKEA, we’re passionate about ensuring that our co-workers and customers can be themselves 100% of the time, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Whilst as a society we’ve come a long way, we recognise that progress is difficult and requires work, guts and imagination – and there’s still work to be done.
To mark this year’s International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT) – and LGBT+ Pride month in June – we’re taking a number of steps to celebrate the LGBT+ community and sharing actions we can all do to push progress further through our “Progress is Made” campaign.
Caring for People and Diversity & Inclusion are embedded in our values and in our vision. We believe in creating a work environment where all co-workers feel welcomed, respected, supported and appreciated, no matter who they are or where they come from.
At IKEA, this means building collaborative ways of working and practicing inclusive behaviours every day. It is about making the most of our differences.
We believe the uniqueness of every individual makes IKEA better
Inclusion is everyone’s responsibility
An ally of LGBT+ inclusion
We support our LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender + all other sexual orientations and gender identities) co-workers´ right to be themselves. Our aim is to create a fully inclusive work environment and to provide equal opportunities for all, contributing to a positive change in all areas of our business and in society.
How we ensure LGBT+ inclusion
- To ensure that our entire company creates a workplace and environment that welcomes people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, we have a global LGBT+ inclusion plan.
- We co-created and endorsed the UN Standards of Conduct on tackling discrimination against LGBT+ people in the workplace and in the community.
- We are members of Workplace Pride Foundation and Stonewall, two organisations focused on LGBT+ inclusion in the workplace.
- We are also a member of Open for Business, a business coalition for advancing LGBT+ inclusion and providing a response to the growing backlash against LGBT+ inclusion in many parts of the world.
- In 2021, we adopted the Progress Flag, which symbolises the need to be inclusive of the many identities within the LGBT+ community– something we fully support at IKEA.
- Over 3.5 million rainbow bags in 26 countries have been sold since 2019, with a portion of the profits going to LGBT+ organisations.
Building a gender equal business
We’re committed to reaching true gender equality – we believe that everyone has the right to be treated fairly and given equal opportunities, no matter what their gender, and that greater gender balance benefits everyone.
This means ensuring equal opportunities for both women and men, and reaching 50/50 gender balance in all countries, levels and positions, including boards and committees. With our 50/50commitment, we focus on having more women in predominantly male roles, as well as more men in predominantly female roles.
We’re members of the Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC) and have pledged to secure gender equal pay throughout INGKA Group. Therefore, whatever the role or position, everyone should expect to be paid equally for work of equal value.
Legal & Governance
You help us stay on track and in line in a changing world. You love harmonising local and international law with the best interests of IKEA and its customers. Your diligence keeps our business on top of the legalities and guidelines governance requires. Your integrity is unquestioned, your capacity is vast and your dedication to detail is vital.
Logistics & Supply Chain
Getting this from here to there. Or ten thousand of these to all of those places. You thrive on the strategic and tactical challenge it takes to assure availability of IKEA products and range all around the world at the highest quality and lowest possible cost. Making sure customers can buy BILLY online in the morning and have it at home by the time they go to bed.
Marketing & Communication
You are the IKEA voice. In every place and in every channel where IKEA speaks. In words. In pictures. And maybe in virtual worlds and more. Your mission is to build the brand and inspire people to find value in all we have to offer. And to keep your fellow co-workers informed, engaged and connected in a constantly changing business environment.
Material & Innovation
Who would ever think of such a thing? Well…you would! You delve deep into emerging technologies and materials. You develop solutions and build the platforms that will define the IKEA range in the decades to come. Sustainable, attractive, compatible, healthy and safe. All to deliver products that really do make IKEA customers’ lives better.
People & HR
You support the IKEA business through people processes based on the IKEA values and a unique view on people. You believe different experiences and backgrounds collectively make us wiser and stronger. You work hard to bring the best people on board. And you create a sturdy foundation for them to bloom into their best selves as they build the business too. You believe in people.