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On May 17th, IKEA Group celebrates IDAHOT (International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia And Transphobia) to stand up for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. In 2018 our focus is on transgender inclusion.
Why are IDAHOT and LGBT+ inclusion important topics for IKEA Group?
We are committed to going all in on equality, recognising that it lies at the heart of human rights. We support the right of our LGBT+ co-workers to be themselves; we provide equal opportunities to develop and to contribute to the business. This year we put special focus on transgender inclusion. On May 17 we are launching the first phase of our transgender inclusion plan, which includes trans-specific information sheets to create awareness, increase understanding, and build competence among our leaders and our co-workers.
What does IKEA Group want to achieve?
We want to create a fully inclusive work environment. LGBT+ inclusion is about becoming aware of our unconscious biases towards people of different sexual orientations and gender identities and taking actions to minimise them. We created LGBT+ specific Learning in the Business modules, including real-life scenarios that help develop competence for working with different sexual orientations and gender identities. Also, we want to create an infrastructure that enables treating everybody fairly, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
“Celebrating IDAHOT means committing to creating an inclusive work environment where all our LGBT+ co-workers feel welcomed, respected and appreciated for who they are. In 2018 our focus is on transgender inclusion.”
Antonio Cavalli, IKEA Group Diversity & Inclusion Development Leader
What actions have IKEA Group taken?
- Last year we launched a global LGBT+ inclusion plan. It aims at creating a consistent way of working with LGBT+ inclusion across all IKEA Group organisations.
- We have joined Workplace Pride and Stonewall. These are two organisations dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT+ people in workplaces all over the world.
- We have co-created and endorsed the UN Standards of Conduct on tackling discrimination against LGBT+ people in the workplace and in the community.
- Since 2017 we have been celebrating globally both IDAHOT and National Coming Out Day. And now we are launching the first phase of our global transgender inclusion plan.
What does this mean for IKEA Group co-workers?
It means acknowledging that everybody should bring their whole self to work. But it also means understanding that LGBT+ inclusion is the responsibility of every co-worker; it begins with everyone believing in and wanting to work in an inclusive work environment. We expect every co-worker to stand up for themselves and for others, ensuring that all feel included.
Diversity comes in all shapes and sizes
At IKEA 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 organisation.
We support our LGBT+ co-workers’ right to be themselves; we provide equal opportunities to develop at the IKEA Group 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.
”Inclusion is everyone’s responsibility”
Inclusion at IKEA Group is about creating a work environment in which our co-workers are successful because they feel welcomed, respected, supported and appreciated. It is about developing an infrastructure with collaborative ways of working; it is about practising inclusive behaviours daily and making the most of our differences.
Inclusion in practice
A truly inclusive workplace contributes to our creativity and business results.