IKEA is a home furnishings company founded in Älmhult in southern Sweden in 1943 by Ingvar Kamprad, who began by peddling useful items to neighbours on his bicycle. Since its inception, the IKEA company vision has been to create a better everyday life for the many people, by offering a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishings at prices so low that as many people as possible can afford them.
Profits give us resources
IKEA believes that home is the most important place in the world and children its most important people.
Founded in 1982, the IKEA Foundation (Stichting IKEA Foundation) is a charitable foundation headquartered in Leiden, the Netherlands.
In the early days, the IKEA Foundation focused solely on architecture and interior design. Over the years, IKEA became active in addressing the root causes of child labour as well as endeavours with major partners to promote child rights and education.
In 2009, the IKEA Foundation was able to expand its charter to include a broader mission of improving children’s opportunities, to help them ultimately take control of their own future. Today, all global IKEA social and philanthropic efforts are found together under the umbrella of the IKEA Foundation.
IKEA’s profits give us resources – and thanks to IKEA’s dedicated co-workers and customers, 100 million children will benefit from our currently funded programmes by 2015.
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