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IKEA Foundation

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IKEA Foundation is one of UNICEF’s largest private sector partners. The basis for the partnership between IKEA Foundation and UNICEF is a shared commitment to realize the rights of all children.

Over the past decade, the partnership has helped to promote the rights of millions of children to survival, education and protection.

UNICEF’s partnership with IKEA began with the company in the late 1990s when UNICEF provided advice and assistance to IKEA regarding child labour issues in its supply chain in India. From this, the relationship blossomed to encompass cause-related marketing, employee engagement, strategic philanthropy (mainly India) and corporate social responsibility (Children’s Rights and Business Principles).

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A child at play in a early childhood development and family center in Rwanda

Grant contributions

Since 2001, what was initially the ‘IKEA Social Initiative’ and later established as IKEA Foundation (in 2009) has committed more than $200 million to UNICEF, with further in kind contributions from IKEA’s business. India has consistently been a key area of focus for the Foundation. In 2015, UNICEF received €17 million from IKEA Foundation. Currently, IKEA Foundation has 19 active grants in 14 offices in the areas of early childhood development, education, health, child protection and adolescents.

Learn more at https://www.ikeafoundation.org/media/video/8218

Emergency response and rehabilitation

IKEA Foundation contributes to UNICEF’s emergency relief work and has positioned itself as an early responder when an emergency strikes. IKEA Foundation has supported, among others, the Tsunami emergency, typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, humanitarian relief work in South Sudan, the Nepal earthquake response, and the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone.

Learn more at https://www.ikeafoundation.org/media/video/8196

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UNICEF ECD Kits including IKEA toys donated by IKEA Foundation

In-kind assistance

Starting in 2012, IKEA Foundation has donated shape sorters, sort-and-stack sets, finger and hand puppets, scissors, plain and coloured paper, and building blocks from IKEA to go into 24,000 Early Childhood Development (ECD) Kits. To date, 12,000 kits have been packed, of which over 9,000 have been distributed to emergency programmes in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Syria and Vanuatu, and to Angola, Comoros, Gambia, Pakistan, Rwanda and Uganda.

ECD Kits offer young children access to play, stimulation and early learning opportunities and, for children in emergency contexts, permit them to retrieve a sense of normalcy. Through this process, young children are in a protective and developmental environment for physical and mental health, optimal growth, lifelong learning, social and emotional competencies and productivity.

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Leveraging IKEA's global network: Good cause campaigns 

Adding yet another layer to the partnership, IKEA uses its global reach to educate consumers about children’s issues through advocacy campaigns in their stores and to conduct cause-related marketing campaigns in support of UNICEF. Between 2003 and 2016, IKEA Foundation, UNICEF and Save the Children partnered with IKEA stores around the world on the Soft Toys for Education campaign, in which IKEA Foundation made a donation of €1 for each soft toy sold during the holiday season.

Since 2003, the campaign has generated more than $35 million in support of UNICEF education programmes, thereby helping to provide a better future for countless children around the world. The Soft Toys for Education campaign has successfully come to an end in 2016.

Learn more at https://www.ikeafoundation.org/campaigns/soft-toys-for-education/

Corporate engagement

Since the separation of the philanthropic arm from the company, UNICEF has continued to engage with IKEA Group, especially on sustainability matters and the Children’s Rights and Business Principles, and continues to strengthen the relationship. The IKEA Group also works with UNICEF to provide expertise and knowledge gained over the years on addressing labour issues in the supply chain and to position the partnership within a framework of advocacy for children’s rights and responsible business practices. The IKEA Group has made a public commitment to the Children’s Rights and Business Principles in IKEA’s ‘People and Planet Positive’ Sustainability Strategy for 2020.

About IKEA Foundation and IKEA Group

The IKEA Foundation

The IKEA Foundation (Stichting IKEA Foundation) is the philanthropic arm of INGKA Foundation, the owner of the IKEA Group of companies. It aims to improve opportunities for children and youth in some of the world’s poorest communities by funding holistic, long-term programmes that can create substantial, lasting change. The IKEA Foundation works with strong strategic partners applying innovative approaches to achieve large-scale results in four fundamental areas of a child’s life – a place to call home; a healthy start in life; a quality education; and a sustainable family income – while helping these communities fight and cope with climate change.

Learn more at http://www.ikeafoundation.org and http://www.facebook.com/IKEAfoundation.

The IKEA Group

The IKEA Group’s vision is to create a better everyday life for people, offering well designed, functional and affordable high-quality home furnishings produced with care for people and the environment. http://www.ikea.com.

 

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UNICEF and the IKEA Foundation: Over ten years of partnering in India

Since 2001, IKEA Foundation has pledged more than $200 million to UNICEF globally in cash and in-kind, of this amount $130 million supports UNICEF Projects in India.

Visit the UNICEF India Country Office Webpage to learn more.

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