Different kinds of partnerships
Our collaborations target
Business developmentBringing together experienced IKEA co-workers and social entrepreneurs, we can offer operational support and strategic development through mentors and advisors. We also work with co-creation and provide targeted support within product design, business management, social impact analysis, monitoring and evaluation, communication, financial instruments, and networking.
Accessing market placesTogether with stakeholders and corporations we create or give access to new marketplaces. In addition, we give social enterprises access to the IKEA stores and online platforms, which provides a strong foundation for self-sufficiency and independence.
A win-win situation
By tapping into traditional handicraft skills, like pottery, embroidery, and weaving, we can offer our customers unique, handmade items – while we at the same time contribute to creating jobs for artisans living in vulnerable communities.
More and more private companies realise that philanthropy isn’t enough – that it’s necessary to engage in the local communities.
Local partnerships with IKEA stores around the world
We encourage IKEA stores all over the world to establish partnerships with local social entrepreneurs. The result is customised products and services that aren’t part of the ordinary IKEA offer and that add value to the customer.
For example, if you’re in the IKEA Bucharest restaurant, chances are the pastry and bread are baked by trainees and employees at Concordia. Concordia is a Romanian social business supporting disadvantaged children, youth, and families by offering professional training and jobs.
In the Swedish IKEA Malmö store, customers can buy fabric and get it made to measure at the Yalla trappan studio, located at the entrance. Yalla trappan is a social enterprise that creates jobs for women far from the labour market.
By partnering up with local social entrepreneurs, providing services and products for IKEA stores, we hope to inspire IKEA co-workers all over the world to invest even more in our joint vision of creating a better everyday life for as many people as possible.
In image: Neire Kerimovska, a social entrepreneurs from Yallatrappan, Sweden.