About 500,000 people work for companies that are direct suppliers to IKEA around the world. We want to make sure that we have a positive impact both on our suppliers, and the societies in which they operate. That’s why our efforts don’t stop at our supplier code of conduct, but go beyond the factory floor.
We actively support our suppliers in improving their employees’ working conditions and everyday lives, for example by ensuring that working hours are not too long and that workers can maintain their family life. Sometimes, a change on the factory floor, such as modernizing equipment, can impact entire industries and societies.
Our supplier code of conduct (IWAY)
Mutual understanding and sharing fundamental values is the basis for all good relationships. This goes for our supplier relationships as well. Our supplier code of conduct specifies our minimum requirements relating to the environment, social impact and working conditions. Each year, auditors make around 2000 checks at suppliers and sub-suppliers, to make sure our code of conduct is followed.
Building a better business
A pioneer for decent working hours. One of the big issues we have faced is making sure that people at our suppliers are not working too many hours a week. In China, where long hours are common in some industries, we have worked hard together with our suppliers to reduce the working hours. In 2015, we reached working hour limits of 40 hours per week and 36 overtime hours per month, while maintaining wage levels.
Enabling social change
We want to play our part in creating a better life for the people and communities touched by our business. By partnering with social entrepreneurs and other progressive partners, we can help create life-changing opportunities for reducing poverty, for social development and for female empowerment.
#SHEMADEIT. Get to know Saroj, Craft Manager, at the social enterprise Rangsutra in India, and learn more about how working and earning her own income has improved her life.
Learn more about IKEA partnerships with social entrepreneurs
Great craftsmanship. Today IKEA have a number of handmade rugs in our range. They come in a variety of sizes, shapes and materials, which means that you’re likely to find your match regardless of preferences. But, however different the rugs may seem at first glance, they all share the inherent uniqueness and high quality that derive from great craftsmanship. The most recent additions to our handmade rugs range are BRÖNDEN, KOLLUND and KÖPENHAMN.
Redefining craftsmanship. Our NORDRANA series has benefited local women in the Vietnamese countryside. At local handicraft centres, many women now enjoy a formal job for the first time, earning a salary outside of the home.
Empowering people and communities. SOARÉ placemat is popular with our customers and loved by the people who make it too, because of the impact it has on their lives. It’s woven from water hyacinth that grows in the Mekong River in Vietnam. The process of harvesting, drying and weaving the plant is important to the people living along the river banks. It keeps the waterway passable, it preserves handicraft tradition and it earns the weavers extra money that can pay for new opportunities, like schooling.