How can a furniture company help save the children?
The Ikea Foundation is Save the Children’s largest global corporate partner. The partnership began in 1994, and together, the two organisations developed the IKEA Code of Conduct to prevent child labour in the supply chain. Through IKEA Foundation-funded programmes, Save the Children has touched the lives of 10 million children. The organisations work together to realise the rights of children to a healthy and secure childhood with access to quality education. By listening to and learning from children, they have developed long-term projects that empower communities to create a better everyday life for children.
The shared values of IKEA/IKEA Foundation and Save the Children create a solid base for a long-term strategic partnership that allows the organisations to create added value for each other. The global partnership between Save the Children and IKEA/IKEA Foundation aims to promote activities that drive sustainable business operations through the entire value chain, and aims to maximise both business value and social impact. With support from IKEA and the IKEA Foundation, Save the Children implements programmes in middle- and low-income countries, as well as high-income countries. In IKEA acted as part of the Reference Group in the development of The Children’s Rights and Business Principles, launched by the UN Global Compact, UNICEF, and Save the Children in March 2012.
Save the Children reached 1 million children directly in 17 countries in Asia and Europe thanks to the Soft Toys for Education campaign. The campaign that ran from 2003 to 2015, aimed to improve the education of the most disadvantaged children, recognising that education is one of the best investments for them. Save the Children programmes focused on children of ethnic minority groups and children with disabilities – groups which are often the most vulnerable. The work together continues in the new Let’s Play for Change campaign IKEA launched this year.
This story shows how Ikea supports Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, specifically Target 16.2: “End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children”.
IKEA is a Swedish-founded multinational group, headquartered in the Netherlands, that designs and sells ready-to-assemble furniture, kitchen appliances, and home accessories. It has been the world’s largest furniture retailer since at least 2008.
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