IKEA is a home furnishings company founded in Sweden, in 1943, by Ingvar Kamprad, who began by peddling useful items to neighbours on his bicycle. IKEA believes that home is the most important place in the world and children its most important people. We are the philanthropic arm of INGKA Foundation, the owner of the IKEA Group of companies.
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.
IKEA believes that home is the most important place in the world and children its most important people.
The IKEA Foundation is the philanthropic arm of INGKA Foundation, the owner of the IKEA Group of companies. We aim 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.
Fighting child labour and promoting education
Founded in 1982, the IKEA Foundation initially focussed only 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 children’s rights and education.
In 2009, the IKEA Foundation was able to expand its charter to include a broader mission of improving children’s opportunities, so they can ultimately take control of their own futures. Today 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.
IKEA’s profits give us resources. Thanks to IKEA’s dedicated co-workers and customers, 100 million children will benefit from our currently funded programmes by 2015.