Partnering with social businesses
Our collaborations target
Bringing 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.
More and more private companies realise that philanthropy isn’t enough – that it’s necessary to engage in the local communities.
Classical Handmade Products
Classical Handmade Products creates job opportunities in rural parts north of Bangladesh, to women in rural villages and people with disabilities. This provides employees access to work while being able to stay with their families, balancing the problems that come with urbanisation.
The Doi Tung’s creates a livelihood for tribal people living in the mountain area of Doi Tung. Their mission is to ensure that their artisans, who have small opportunities to get jobs, are economically self-reliant, without compromising the environment or their cultural values. Our collaboration has resulted in over 7 collections.
Du Anyam focuses on sustainably solving complex socioeconomic issues in one of the most underdeveloped areas in Indonesia by connecting skilled women artisans to the market. This provides more opportunities to increase income while utilising locally sourced materials and promoting weaving culture.
Spun empowers women by producing skillfully crafted, sustainably produced products and offers educational programs, environmental and health initiatives, bringing growth to entire communities. Their work has made a big impact already, most of all for 300 employees, 220 of which will work with the production for IKEA.
Read about how we develop and collaborate with social businesses producing products for IKEA.
Products and collections
To create the LOKALT collection, we reached out to social enterprises and local designers in Jordan, Thailand, and India. It's a modern take on traditional handicraft inspired by local traditions. Every product in this collection is handmade by skilled artisans and creates work in regions where it's needed most.
The VÅRDANDE collection, meaning caring in Swedish, is inspired by the fundamentals of wellbeing and nourishing oneself. The collection is a partnership with five Asian social businesses that are creating a better everyday life through long-term job opportunities and livelihood for vulnerable groups.