IKEA & local entrepreneurs
At IKEA, we want to create a better life for as many people as possible. Not only for our customers and our thousands of employees, but also the people affected by the IKEA production chain, anywhere in the world. One of the ways we do this is by partnering with social entrepreneurs who use their businesses to reduce poverty, give women more opportunities in the labor market, or engage in social problems.
The social enterprises we work with produce raw materials, food and handmade home furnishings that are sold worldwide through our IKEA stores and websites. A win-win situation as we can offer beautiful, unique products to our customers, while at the same time creating jobs and a better standard of living for the people who need them. All these collaborations are part of our IKEA Social Entrepreneurship initiative.
A better future through social business
The social enterprises we work with are artisanal companies that allow people who really need it to participate in the work, as well as foundations and other companies that deal with social challenges. Improving the livelihoods of craftsmen and women helps them provide a better future and position for their families.
Developing ideas together
IKEA designers work directly with social entrepreneurs and the craft specialists to design the products of each collection.
Together we create collections with unique products. Some products are a permanent part of our range, some collections are sold for a limited time in certain countries.
More than 1,000 Indian women work for the craft collective Rangasutra on beautiful, handmade textile products for IKEA.
Thanks to our collaboration with Doi Tung DP in Thailand, we have several unique collections with handmade textiles, ceramics and paper products.
More jobs around the world
We help create work where it is most needed. For example, the BOTANISK collection was created in collaboration with six social entrepreneurs in India, Thailand, Jordan and Romania.
Today, IKEA has 39 social business partners in 18 countries around the world, and the number continues to grow. That means 20,100 jobs - 5,300 craftsmen and women and 14,500 small-scale farmers. This has a positive effect on the lives of 140,000 family members.