IKEA does not accept child labor

Child labor does exist in countries where IKEA products are manufactured, but IKEA does not accept child labor at its suppliers or their sub-contractors. IKEA works actively to prevent child labor.
We base our work on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989), which defines the basic principle of always putting the best interests of the child first. The work IKEA does in this regard is also based on the International Labor Organisation (ILO) Convention number 138 (1973) concerning minimum working ages, and the ILO Convention number 182 (1999) concerning the worst forms of child labor.

The IKEA Way on Preventing Child Labor

IKEA has a special code of conduct called The IKEA Way on Preventing Child Labor, which is part of The IKEA Way on Purchasing Home Furnishing Products. Monitoring of compliance with The IKEA Way on Preventing Child Labor is done by IKEA trading service offices and with unannounced visits by KPMG to suppliers and sub-contractors in South Asia.

Working with child labor issues

During their daily contact with IKEA suppliers in relation to production issues, co-workers from the trading services officers are able to observe social and working conditions and highlight the prevention of child labor. IKEA holds workshops at suppliers to encourage workers and sub-contractors to discuss problems that they encounter on an everyday basis. This strengthens IKEA’s understanding of the circumstances that lead to child labor.

What happens if a child is found?

If child labor is found, IKEA requires the supplier to act in the best interests of the child. The supplier must implement a corrective and preventive action plan, including education and training. IKEA visits the school the child attends and makes unannounced visits to the supplier. If corrective action is not made within an agreed timeframe, or if further violations occur, IKEA terminates all business with the supplier.

Improving children's rights in India

The IKEA Foundation supports a project, run by UNICEF, promoting child rights in northern Indian, from where IKEA sources many of its carpets. The aim is to prevent and eliminate child labor in the carpet belt by addressing root causes such as debt, poverty, lack of access to education, disability and ill health.


The complexity of the child labor issue requires input and influence from many parties. By co-operating closely with international organizations such as UNICEF and Save the Children, the IKEA Foundation strives to create the broad-based support structure necessary to tackle the root causes of child labor and achieve a sustainable solution.

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