The partnerships between IKEA and social businesses have grown steadily since the start in 2012, initially employing a modest 100 artisans and selling only in selected markets. Today IKEA partners with 12 social businesses for global product offers with majority of them operating in rural areas with a focus on women, youth and persons with disabilities.
Co-creating handcrafted products provides a unique offer for IKEA customers, while preserving the knowledge and local craft traditions. It also creates many work opportunities. Today over 20,900 people have found long-term jobs through this production, together with social businesses.
Within food products IKEA are piloting chocolate and coffee made by social businesses, to understand how social businesses can improve working conditions and livelihoods within the agricultural and food processing sector.