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Diversity & inclusion

An IKEA co-worker, in a yellow and black shirt, helping two customers in the store.

Being ourselves, and contributing with our uniqueness makes us all grow

Caring for people, diversity and inclusion is embedded in our vision and in our values. At IKEA Group, we see diversity and inclusion as the right thing to do. Recognising our co-workers’ differences contributes to creativity and supports our growth. We strive to have a diverse and inclusive work environment where co-workers feel valued for their uniqueness, recognised for their diverse talents, and where co-workers can be themselves.
 
Simply put: we believe the uniqueness of every individual makes IKEA better!
On May 17th, IKEA Group celebrates IDAHOT. Bring your whole self to work.

Bring your whole self to work!

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.

On May 17th, IKEA Group celebrates IDAHOT. Bring your whole self to work.

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.

Interview with Antonio Cavalli, IKEA Group Diversity and Inclusion Development Leader.

“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.

Two female IKEA co-workers embracing each other.

Gender equality

Gender equality is a human right. Our ambition is to reach gender equality at IKEA Group which goes beyond a 50/50% gender balance in all levels and positions. Gender equality is also about creating an inclusive culture where all genders are valued for their unique contributions. 
 
That is why we... have been working with the gender agenda for over a decade. During 2016/2017 we had the opportunity to co-chair the first UN high-level panel on Women Economic Empowerment, promoted by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, to help unlock the potential for women to fully participate in the economy and achieve financial independence.
One male IKEA co-worker talking with two customers, one female and one male.

LGBT+

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.

That is why we... have joined Workplace Pride and Stonewall, two organisations that strive for greater acceptance of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and people of all other sexual orientations and gender identities (LGBT+). That is also why we have endorsed and contributed to the UN Standards of Conduct for Business on Tackling Discrimination against LGBT+ people that was launched globally September 2017.

”Inclusion is everyone’s responsibility”


Inclusion

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.

Meet co-worker Irina Sukhareva and find out about her view on diversity and inclusion at IKEA in Russia.

Meet Irina Sukhareva,

the Distribution Centre Manager and Diversity & Inclusion Ambassador at IKEA Russia.
 
Meet co-worker Irina Sukhareva and find out about her view on diversity and inclusion at IKEA in Russia.

Irina Sukhareva

Distribution Centre Manager and Diversity & Inclusion Ambassador, IKEA Russia.

Hi Irina! Tell us about your job at IKEA Group.

I joined IKEA in 2004 and have worked in different roles in Human Resources. In January 2016 I began my current job as Distribution Centre manager.
 

What I love the most in my job is to see how much we can do and how great we can be when we work together. I find it powerful and inspiring to see how we as persons can change, learn and develop when we start listening to each other.

In 2015 I became a Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Ambassador. I have always felt passion in my heart for diversity and equality because of my personal background. My family moved rather often and I know firsthand what it feels like to be a stranger in a new place.
 

I also come from a multicultural family and feel for people who stick out and are different from others. I was so excited to join the network of Diversity & Inclusion Ambassadors after a great D&I workshop in Russia for leaders from different organisations.

Diversity & Inclusion is at the heart of the IKEA values. What does this mean for you?
 

I love that caring for people and Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) are embedded in our vision and in our values. As a humanistic company, we believe everyone has the right to be treated fairly and be given equal opportunities, whatever their background.

I feel proud when I see how people change and often start to bloom as they find a company where they can be themselves, where they feel accepted, where they start seeing new opportunities, and where they grow personally and develop their competence.
 

Ten years ago, Distribution was mostly considered men’s business. I remember a time when we only had one woman in our Operations department. It was a challenging task to make women believe they too can be great truck loaders, great forklift drivers, and do the same work as men!

Now the situation has changed for the better, and a female co-worker is not a surprise anymore. This is fantastic! We as a team only become better and more efficient from being diverse.
 
 
 
Meet co-worker Alejandra Pinol and find out about her view on diversity and inclusion at IKEA in China.

Meet Alejandra Piñol,

the Country Human Resources Manager and Diversity & Inclusion Ambassador at IKEA China.

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Meet co-worker Alejandra Pinol and find out about her view on diversity and inclusion at IKEA in China.

Alejandra Piñol

Country Human Resources Manager and Diversity & Inclusion Ambassador, IKEA China

Hi Alejandra! Tell us about your job at IKEA Group.

I work as Country Human Resources Manager in China. I am responsible to drive the people agenda in the country, from vision to action. In my opinion, it is very important to dare to dream big, to be able to translate this dream into a concrete agenda, and to move this agenda forward in a consistent and influencing way to develop the business and have a positive impact on people’s lives.

In China we want to be user centric and empower each one of us to lead and to be driven by opportunities with an entrepreneurial mind-set. We believe the change starts with each of us, and we are very much focused on being our best version.

Being our best version is a win-win situation: it is good for each of us, and it is also good for the business. It is really profitable!

Diversity & Inclusion is at the heart of the IKEA values. What does this mean for you?

I think it is great to work for a company that has such a big focus on diversity and inclusion. The Diversity & Inclusion agenda is very solid and inspires each country to fill any gaps they might have.

Particularly in China I feel proud of the gender balance when it comes to equal treatment and percentage of women and men in the organisation. In fact, in 2017 we have reached gender balance (50/50%) in all levels of leadership, as well as equal pay for jobs of equal value. I am happy to be part of the D&I Network. We all together aim to create a diverse and inclusive work environment, having a positive impact on our business and in society. I usually think that a dream you dream alone, is just a dream; while a dream you dream together is the beginning of a new reality.

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