Working with social entrepreneurs, IKEA Social Entrepreneurship finds new ways to become a circular and climate positive company, whilst having a positive impact on people and society. We want to create greater opportunities for the people who need it the most.
Our partnership with i-did supports their work to re-introduce people who have been out of a job for a long time back into the labour market. In addition, i-did also repurposes IKEA waste textile material into new products, contributing to a more circular economy. A win - win for all.
Each year 100 people join i-did’s programme in The Netherlands with around 70% of the employees going on to get a paid job for other employers in the region. Their programmes are offering a safe and warm place for these people to start working again. Providing them with decent work and skills helps them to gain confidence in themselves.
Our collaboration with i-did has been ongoing since 2016. Together with IKEA Netherlands and IKEA of Sweden (product development), the partnership has resulted in several local temporary collections sold in stores throughout the Netherlands. The collections are made from local textile left overs from IKEA that are recycled and turned into products.
Potential to reach further
We are now working on expanding our partnership and provide financial support to allow i-did to invest in new ways to make the recycling process and business expansion possible, regardless of location. This way i-did can pilot new opportunities to scale and support more people.
All this is part of our wider mission to create better opportunities for vulnerable and marginalised people with social entrepreneurs.
It’s all about making a positive impact. By working with pioneers and pathfinders who use their business as a way to make everyday life better for those who need it most, we strive towards a more equal and inclusive society.