IKEA Commitment to Black Equality (UPDATE)
In June, we shared details on our commitment to supporting racial equity and inclusion in our workplace and in society. Today, we want to provide an update on how IKEA Retail U.S. has delivered on those commitments and plans on continuing to advocate through action.
You may recall that we committed $3 million over the next 12 months to assist organizations that support social justice, economic empowerment, and education initiatives for Black communities.
To date, we have taken the following actions:
- Established a standing Racial Equality Taskforce council to help operationalize our focus around ethnicity, race, and nationalities.
- Processed $1.1 million in donations to the following organizations:
- Equal Justice Initiative
- 100 Black Men of America, Inc.
- African American Policy Forum
- YWCA USA
- National Black Justice Coalition
- Crenshaw Dairy Mart
- Trap Heals
- Black Strategy Fund
- Worked with the Black Lives Matter leadership to identify three movement organizations-- Crenshaw Daily Mart, Trap Heels, and the Black Strategy Fund which have specific focus around the arts, cultural education, and advocacy leadership development.
- Secured BiasSync training, a personalized app that provides individual education and strategies to help mitigate implicit bias. Beginning September 1st, we will be launching a pilot program with 500 IKEA managers and leaders.
- Launched a Caring for People competence module within our training and development portal for all our co-workers to learn more about racial inequality, difficult conversations, and anti-racism resources.
- Our co-workers wanted to display personal solidarity and support for racial equality, so we designed a Racial Equality button for co-workers to wear as part of their uniform.
We are still in the process of finalizing our Black-owned small business support, where we have committed $900K in product donations. We are working with our 61 locations, local governments, Black-owned business serving institutions and other local stakeholders to determine the best approach to deploy our support. We plan on launching the initiative in September 2020.