IKEA Foundation

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IKEA Foundation supported UNICEF community educational project in India.

The largest corporate cash donor to UNICEF, IKEA Foundation has committed more than $200 million in both cash and in-kind donations to UNICEF’s programs to save and improve the lives of children and their families.  For more than 10 years, IKEA has been a key supporter, contributing to UNICEF’s work through philanthropic donations, sales of UNICEF Greeting Cards, cause-related marketing promotions, in-kind assistance and national-level fundraising and promotional activities by IKEA customers and employees around the world.  But what makes IKEA a true partner, is the company’s deep commitment to social responsibility and their direct engagement with issues affecting children. They have truly joined with UNICEF to tackle issues like child labor at their root causes.

Corporate Engagement

In the context of IKEA’s commitment to socially responsible practices, IKEA Foundation partners with UNICEF through integrated approaches to support children and women and their opportunities for learning and developing including addressing child labor issues.  IKEA Foundation is committed to supporting UNICEF programs contributing to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. In addition to providing financial support for child protection, education and health programs in countries like India, Pakistan and China, IKEA also works with UNICEF to provide expertise and knowledge gained over the years on addressing labor issues in the supply chain.

Long Term Investment: Over 10 years of Partnering in India

For more than ten years, UNICEF has partnered with the IKEA Foundation to deliver tangible results for millions of children and women in India.  By the end of 2012, funding from the IKEA Foundation will have enabled UNICEF to help over 74 million children in India create a better future for themselves and their families.  The IKEA Foundation's investment in India helps to promote children's rights to education and protection, and supports the improvement of child survival (by combating malnutrition and improving water and sanitation conditions).  While some remarkable results have been achieved thanks to the ten year partnership, many challenges remain.  For more information on the impact of more than ten years of partnership in India, please click here.   

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For each soft toy sold during a period leading up to the Holidays, IKEA Foundation makes a contribution to UNICEF and Save The Children to support children's education.

Leveraging their global network:  Soft Toy Promotion

Adding yet another layer to the partnership, IKEA also 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.  For the past nine years, IKEA Foundation has joined together with IKEA Stores around the world to make a donation for each soft toy sold during the holiday season. This program has generated more than $35million to-date in support of UNICEF education programs, thereby helping to provide a better future for countless children around the world.

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A school teacher in Burundi works with students on a new table through IKEA Foundation's in-kind assistance.

In-kind Assistance

In addition to its global and national contributions, IKEA Foundation supports UNICEF programs through in-kind assistance.  IKEA donated 18,000 tables for use in schools and health centers in Liberia and Burundi, thousands of much needed quilts to tsunami survivors in Indonesia and Sri Lanka, and 344,000 duvets covers, 45,000 baby blankets for survivors of the Pakistan earthquake and 5,000 bed sheets, 20,000 bath towels, 10,242 sleeping bags, 7,000 school bags and 30,000 bowls to survivors of the China earthquake and many more in support of recent emergencies in Haiti and Pakistan.

Emergency Response and Rehabilitation

In an emergency, IKEA Foundation supports a two-pronged approach by first helping during the initial phase of emergencies with donations of products, then investing in mid-term/long-term recovery and rehabilitation efforts.  Most recently, IKEA Foundation made a donation of US$1.4million to support the scaling-up of therapeutic feeding and nutrition in Somalia in response the Horn of Africa Crisis.  IKEA Foundatin support to UNICEF in emergencyIn the early days following the 2008 earthquake in the Gansu province of China, IKEA Foundation responded to UNICEF with the provision of immediate needs including bed sheets, towels, sleeping bags, school bags and bowls valued at US$865,000.  IKEA Foundation then went on to invest in excess of US$5million to programmes addressing the urgent needs of the earthquake-affected children and communities, namely providing quality education and access to safe drinking water and latrines to the most vulnerable.  Nearly 10,000 earthquake-affected boys and girls between the ages of 6 – 11 have benefited through provision of safe and stimulating learning spaces, clean water, and hygienic/sanitary facilities.  Learn more about IKEA Foundation in China...

IKEA Foundation support to UNICEF emergency programmes has exceeded US$20million in cash and in-kind contributions since 2005.

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© UNICEF India / 2006
IKEA fieldtrip to India

About IKEA and IKEA Foundation

IKEA is a global retailer of home furnishings established in 1943. Its mission focuses on good product design and function at affordable prices. IKEA is highly committed to Corporate Social Responsibility and is one of the industry pioneers in establishing and monitoring codes of conduct and standards of operation in its supply chain.

The IKEA Foundation, established in 2005, manages IKEA’s social involvement on a global level. The mission is to improve the rights and life opportunities of the many children. The main partners are the two leading global child-right organisations; UNICEF and Save the Children. IKEA Foundation invests in a range of programs with a holistic approach, aiming to create substantial and lasting results.



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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.


Report on a child-friendly school initiative supported by UNICEF and funded by IKEA in Viet Nam.
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CHINA: Educating young children in China's remote ethnic communities

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