All 20 stores are involved in the programme, which focuses on helping all disadvantaged children, not just refugees
While most refugees fleeing conflicts entered Germany, more than 160,000 claimed asylum in Sweden in 2015. Here Save the Children coordinates efforts of major companies like IKEA, financial services group Ikano (also owned by Ikea’s founders), pharmacy group Apoteket, and consultants Accenture.
The programme focuses on disadvantaged children, not just those of refugee families. Theres Wirrell, sustainability leader for people and communities at IKEA Range & Supply says IKEA didn’t want “just to donate money .... we wanted to come up with a project where our co-workers can be involved.”
Staff in IKEA’s 20 stores across Sweden help equip community centres with furniture and handicrafts so they’re more welcoming to children and families. Young people will also come to IKEA to get help with job interviews and CVs, and a mentoring programme is being discussed.