Today, we back and boost social entrepreneurs all over the world, as well as expanding the business we do together. That way, we get to be a part of creating new opportunities for vulnerable people and communities – while fighting the root causes of poverty and inequality.
We focus on three things
InclusionSupporting social entrepreneurs who strive to improve the terms on which individuals and groups take part in society. This involves providing jobs, incomes, capabilities and tools to those who are vulnerable and marginalised irrespective of their individual or group characteristics.
EqualityWorking with social entrepreneurs who look to make society more equal in terms of income, status, rights and opportunity. This involves supporting individuals or groups, but also changing systems, with a view to allow people to earn a decent and sustainable living.
LivelihoodUltimately aiming to lift people out of poverty by having the opportunity to earn a decent living. With increased inclusion and equality comes a better chance of a dignified life, where people have the possibility to provide for themselves and their families in a sustainable way.
This is how we work
Partnerships that inspire change
Through real businessPartnering with social entrepreneurs at a business level, we design and produce products and services that are sold and offered at IKEA stores worldwide. It is a win-win situation with high quality products manufactured and vulnerable peoples lives changed through the jobs created.
IKEA co-worker engagementWhat’s really unique about us is how we use our colleagues as a resource. Their involvement ranges from operational support for social entrepreneurs who make products for IKEA, to strategic development for the ones that don’t provide products or services for IKEA. At the same time, it gives us the opportunity to learn how to become more circular, sustainable and entrepreneurial in our business. It’s a relationship built on knowledge sharing, a mutual exchange of competences and inspiration.
Financial support to our partnersSince the characteristics and needs of each social entrepreneur are different, we will customize our financial support. This will be a choice between grants - without the demand for repayment or financial return -, loans and equity investments.
The Theory of Change
- Social business suppliers are integrated and scaled up within the IKEA value-chain.
- IKEA customers get better access to affordable social impact products and services.
- Social entrepreneurs are strengthened through direct support and programmes.
- IKEA co-workers are engaged in programmes to support social entrepreneurs.
- Social entrepreneurship approaches and learnings are shared in IKEA and externally.
- People who are vulnerable and marginalised get better jobs and incomes.
- People who are vulnerable and marginalised get better access to support and systems that improve their lives.
- IKEA and other corporates expand partnerships with social entrepreneurs and businesses.
- People who are vulnerable and marginalised have greater opportunities to live a better everyday life within a more inclusive and sustainable society.
The approach to achieve our goals
EmpowermentWe focus on empowerment of vulnerable and marginalised people and the support of social entrepreneurs and other partners. We believe this is the only way to contribute to significant and lasting change.
InnovationWe work with piloting and continuous innovation, both by finding new solutions with partners and supporting the activities of social entrepreneurs.
Lead by exampleWe lead by what we do and by sharing our learnings to enable others to advance the social entrepreneurship agenda.
Co-creationBy co-creating, we find new ways of working, discover synergies and encourage learning and sharing of competencies.
TrustBuilding strong and long-lasting relationships internally and externally is crucial to maximise our outcome.
TransparencyWe are open about both positive and negative experiences, learnings and results and strive to be clear about expectations, division of responsibilities and labour and how to solve issues that we may encounter on the way, both internally and externally.