IKEA Retail U.S. donates more than $1.6 Million in products and supplies to support COVID-19 relief
IKEA Retail U.S. donates more than $1.6 Million in products and supplies to support COVID-19 relief efforts across the U.S.
IKEA U.S. stores and distribution centers to provide critically needed items to the American Red Cross, Feeding America®, departments of health, and local medical organizations and nonprofits
Conshohocken, PA – April 23, 2020 – As a company that cares deeply about people and the planet, IKEA Retail U.S. today announced a more than $1.6 million donation worth of products and supplies toward relief efforts to help the many people impacted by COVID-19. The U.S. donation is part of IKEA Retail’s (Ingka Group) global €26 million grant of in-kind donations.
“At IKEA, we are guided by a simple, yet powerful vision of creating a better everyday life for the many people,” said Javier Quiñones, President & Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA Retail U.S. “No matter how challenging times are, we are always committed to being a good neighbor and demonstrating commitment to local communities.”
IKEA U.S. has worked with partners and local government agencies to identify critical needs to ensure it is doing its part for the communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. IKEA U.S. stores and distribution centers are donating items such as blankets, bedding, and storage solutions for blood drives and temporary hospitals and shelters. The company also recently retrieved more than 30,000 N-95 masks from its operations that will be donated to local medical organizations and medical workers. Organizations in need of IKEA products and supplies can reach out through their local IKEA store’s information page to find a donation request form.
The $1.6 million donation of IKEA products and supplies in the U.S. will support the health and recovery of those affected by COVID-19 as follows:
- More than $900,000 in products and supplies to departments of health in the nine most-heavily impacted states (California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Washington) as identified by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as well as organizations in the communities surrounding its 60 stores and fulfillment units to support immediate emergency efforts
- A combined total of $100,000 worth of IKEA product to the American Red Cross and Feeding America to assist these non-profit partners in delivering their lifesaving missions
- To support longer-term needs, an additional $600,000 allocated for stores and distribution units to assist with local efforts to relieve homelessness and isolation
All over the world, the IKEA business has already been supporting the health and livelihoods of those affected by COVID-19 including communities, customers, co-workers and partners. For example, furniture, face masks and gloves have been donated to hospitals in China, Spain, Italy and Sweden, and the IKEA Hyderabad store in India has helped to set up a quarantine center with 200 beds, bedding and furniture.
Together with its suppliers, Inter IKEA Group is initiating production of safety and personal protective equipment (face masks, hand sanitation and protective clothing). Today, around 20 IKEA suppliers are producing masks and protective clothing or are about to start production. Inter IKEA Group and its partners are in the process of building up production and volume capacities, along with the development of the distribution and donation approach. In addition, the IKEA Foundation is providing up to €10 million, primarily to help existing partners with COVID-19 specific programs supporting communities around the world in conjunction with the response plans of national governments.