We’re present in many communities, and when those communities thrive, we do too. We recognise the challenges people are facing and the rapid changes in our communities – particularly where rights and opportunities are far from equal.
Despite these challenges, we know we can make a difference. Guided by our values, we’ve always been a company that seeks to create lasting positive change in the communities we are present in. This means creating a fairer and more equal society, by growing our business in an inclusive way.
Fair and inclusive growth leads to motivated co-workers, innovative meeting places, and resilient and empowered communities. It’s part of our mission to ensure we put people at the heart of our business.
In FY18, we:
- continued partnerships with 58 social entrepreneurs and social businesses across 14 countries
- supported refugees in 11 countries to improve their skills through work experience at our IKEA stores and locations
- invested EUR 11.6 million in community engagement projects across IKEA Retail and Ingka Centres
Respecting human rights
No matter where we operate in the world, we will respect human rights. We have a responsibility to uphold the rights of all people impacted by our business: our co- workers, customers, workers in our supply chain, and the communities around us. We are committed to implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights as the basis for our responsibility to respect human rights. We address human rights in many of our strategies, policies and processes including the Ingka Group Policy on Human Rights and Equality, and update these regularly in line with emerging risks and expectations.
Our approach starts with our co-workers. We are committed to providing decent, meaningful and engaging employment for every co-worker. Everyone at Ingka Group should be treated fairly and we expect our co-workers to always uphold our company values.
Respecting and supporting children’s rights
Everything we do, as a business and as individuals, can impact children’s lives. This is why we continuously strive to integrate the Children’s Rights and Business Principles into our daily work. The Principles were launched in 2012 by Save the Children, the UN Global Compact, and UNICEF.
For us, the Principles mean:
- supporting fair work for young workers, parents and caregivers, while eliminating child labour entirely from our Ingka Group supply chain
- ensuring our IKEA stores and Ingka Centres meeting places are playful and safe spaces for children – for example, by providing Småland crèches at our stores and kid’s centres, and playgrounds and activity areas at our meeting places
- offering safe products for children, and marketing these appropriately
- contributing to a healthy environment for children to live in – both now and in the future – through our climate initiative
- reinforcing community and government efforts to respect children’s rights
Working with suppliers
Ingka Group has tens of thousands of suppliers. Regardless of whether our suppliers work in construction, security or cleaning, we expect them to comply with our standards – and this includes treating their co-workers fairly. So, we never tolerate child labour or any form of modern slavery, and we support fair and meaningful work for everyone in our supply chain – including vulnerable groups like young or migrant workers.
To help us maintain our standards throughout our supply chain, we use IWAY – the IKEA supplier code of conduct – which sets out the social and environmental requirements for IKEA Retail suppliers. We also partner with suppliers to help them meet our standards, and if we find they don’t improve over time, we stop working with them.