A better everyday life

Our vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people. To achieve that better life, we have to address the systems of inequality that we operate in. We simply cannot move forward to a better future without acknowledging the many intersecting inequalities that our economies and societies create, inequalities that devastate people’s lives and opportunities, inequalities that should have no place in the future we want to create.

We are committed to tackling some of the root causes of inequality: poverty, the consequences of climate change, and lack of resources such as clean air, energy and fertile land. Families need both financial stability and a healthy environment if they and their children are to thrive. Improving livelihoods and protecting the planet are inseparable.

Through our grantmaking, we work with our partners to help people and communities with the fewest resources build livelihoods and support their families. Our learning has been that to create a lasting impact, we need to actively seek ways to engage in dialogue and collaboration with local organisations and communities.

Beyond our grantmaking, it’s also important that different perspectives and pathways are represented and understood. We are committed to amplifying the voices of partners and local communities to ensure a fair, inclusive and balanced debate around each of the areas where we operate: rural livelihoods, refugee livelihoods, employment and entrepreneurship, access to renewable energy, and climate action.

If we are to be successful, ending inequality should be central to everything we do.

Our history

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.

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 funded by INGKA Foundation, owner of the Ingka Group of companies. The IKEA Foundation is independent from the retail business with a sole focus on creating brighter lives on a liveable planet through philanthropy and grantmaking.
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Ingvar Kamprad

Founder of IKEA and the IKEA Foundation

Today, our goal with the IKEA Foundation is in keeping with exactly what we’ve always tried to do as a home furnishings company – create a better everyday life for as many people as possible around the world.

When I decided to give the company to a foundation back in 1982, I did it because I wanted to ensure that IKEA will continue as an independent company long after I am not there to look after the business. I also wanted to ensure that we use some of our profits to help create a better life for the many people in need.

For families living in poverty, the needs are obviously greater than for those in more prosperous conditions. But we all share basic needs: a secure home, good health, a regular income, a desire to keep our children safe, to see them get a good education and succeed in life. That’s why the IKEA Foundation has decided to focus our funding on these key necessities, in order to improve the situation for children and youth across the developing world so that they can create a better future for themselves and their families.

By focusing on these fundamentals for families in parts of the world where the need is the greatest, we can make the biggest difference and, most importantly, help people help themselves to a better everyday life today –and tomorrow—turning the cycle of poverty into a circle of prosperity.

All children deserve a future full of opportunities

Founded in 1982, the IKEA Foundation initially focused 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. We are committed to helping families living in poverty afford a better everyday life while protecting the planet. We believe that when people join together and unleash their creative power, they can create a brighter future. That’s why we support programmes that promote new and unprecedented collaboration between businesses, civil society, governments and the many people.

IKEA’s profits give us resources. Thanks to IKEA’s dedicated co-workers and customers we were able to donate €175 million to our partners in 2018.
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