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IKEA Retail People & Culture 14 February 2020

IKEA Retail Korea continues support for unwed single moms

Equality lies at the heart of human rights and is reflected in the IKEA values. Ingka Group is committed to going all in on equality as it is essential to our business. It enables us to attract and retain top talent, serve a diverse customer base, and contribute to a positive change in society.

IKEA Retail Korea has confirmed its part in contributing to positive change with the announcement of its continued commitment to support unwed single moms for the third consecutive year, donating KRW 100 million to the ‘Mom-Up Project’.

Established in 2017 in partnership with the Korea Foundation for Women (KFW), the ‘Mom-Up Project’ is designed to support the social independence of unwed single moms and provide opportunities for their families to enjoy a sustainable future in a safer, happier environment. Over the past two years, 61 families have been supported with opportunities to participate in various programs to improve self-confidence and their living environment. 

KFW were established in 1999 with the aim to achieve an equal and harmonious life for all women. It supports public volunteer activities to achieve a gender equal society in all sectors and foster environment which is based on sharing value and caring community to raise hope for women who are struggling social and economic disadvantages.

This year, the ‘Mom-Up Project’ will continue to support 34 unwed single moms and their children living in the Seoul and Gyeonggi area. They will take part in regular self-help meetings for building a social network among the single mom families, and home furnishing workshops led by IKEA Korea co-workers, who will offer personalised home furnishing solutions to improve the children’s study rooms.

Fredrik Johansson, Country Retail Manager at IKEA Korea, said “With the ‘Mom-Up Project’ in its third year, we are delighted to renew our commitment to making a meaningful impact on the lives of unwed single moms, supporting them to regain confidence and social independence as healthy members of our community,” adding, “we will continue our support to create a healthier, more sustainable future for the many people.”

According to surveys conducted on the participants over the last two years, many respondents expressed that being part of the ‘Mom-Up Project’ has helped recover their confidence and hopes of a better future. It has also contributed to improving the relationship with their children, whose emotional independence has significantly grown in the improved homes.

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