No one organisation, group or individual can change the world on their own. We must come together and draw from each other’s strengths to make the difference we want. So, in order to achieve our goals we team up with dedicated organisations and people across the world. Doing this, we want to make a positive impact that will affect people everywhere, starting with the ones living in vulnerable and marginalised communities.
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Developing products for IKEA

Together with social enterprises around the world, we design and manufacture IKEA collections for IKEA customers. By doing this, we give them access to new marketplaces and sustainable production. We also collaborate with social entrepreneurs on a local level, where they provide products and services for selected IKEA stores.

Our collaborations target

Business development
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 places
Together 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.
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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.

Business partners

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The White Nile project

The Arabica coffee beans that grow close to the Murchison Falls in Uganda don’t only result in great coffee, but also in the empowerment of Ugandan farmers and their families. The coffee is sold in IKEA stores all over the world.
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Rangsutra

Rangsutra works to nurture local handicraft traditions. The artisans working with them specialise in traditional Indian embroidery, textile and grass weaving. The collaboration have created over 1070 livelihoods and several IKEA collections.
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Industree Producer Transform

Located in the south of India, Industree Producer Transform nurtures traditional craftsmanship through the making of handwoven products out of natural materials like banana fibres. This, in turn, supports the livelihoods for over 2500 people. 
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Jordan River Foundation

Jordan River Foundation (JRF)  provides jobs for women refugees and for Jordanian women in need of work. The first joint IKEA and JRF collection, named TILLTALANDE, was produced by more than 100 women, a number that has increased to 250. 
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Doi Tung

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 own cultural values. So far our collaboration has resulted in 7+ collections.

Products and collections

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BOTANISK

Made by 5600 sure-handed artisans, BOTANISK is a collection of plant pots, baskets and other indoor gardening pieces that make ‘seeds of hope’ sprout. Not only from the planting and potting – but also from the thousands of jobs created for people who need it the most.
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In this photo: Akanksha Deo, IKEA designer (left), Dhinya (middle) & Teeja (right), artisans at Rangsutra.

KLARAFINA MOAKAJSA

The latest collection from IKEA Social Entrepreneurship, KLARAFINA and MOAKAJSA brings unique handicraft to a worldwide audience. But more importantly, it provides livelihood and employment for a group of artisans, who often struggle to secure decent work or long-term employment.
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HANTVERK

HANTVERK, meaning handicraft in Swedish, is a collection created by skilled artisans in India, Thailand, Jordan, and Romania. Inspired by Scandinavian design, each item tells the story of a successful partnership, of great skills – and of life-changing new opportunities.
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INNEHÅLLSRIK

INNEHÅLLSRIK collection is the 7th limited collection designed and produced in collaboration with skilled women artisans in India, and is made up by cushion covers, handwoven textiles, and banana-fibre baskets.
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What we have achieved

  • 153,000

    household members with access to an income through IKEA production
  • 2,676

    people who worked with producing IKEA products
  • 7

    global social business partnerships

 



Social entrepreneur collections are sold

in 180 stores in 27 countries