IKEA is always interested in collaborating. Now we can add one more important collaboration to the list, with the social enterprise Marhaba Stege in Jakobsberg, Sweden.
Marhaba Stege is an organisation that tackles social problems through business. It will now be providing made-to-measure cushion covers for the IKEA Barkaby store located 20km north-west of Stockholm.
“I had heard about the Yalla Trappan project in Malmö where they began a cooperation with entrepreneurs and provide the Malmö store with a sewing service,” says Andreas Hovare, manager of sustainability at IKEA Barkaby. “I thought it would be great to do something similar here in Barkaby.”
Yalla Trappan, like Marhaba Stege, has been providing work for immigrant women who would otherwise have severe difficulties entering the labour market.
Marhaba Stege is located one kilometre from the IKEA Barkaby store. Although close by, Andreas says it’s been a long process to establish the collaboration. The organisation fulfils all criteria of the IKEA working conditions checklist, IWAY, and as of March 2016, the project is live.