IKEA To Scale Up Social Entrepreneurship Business; Aims for 95,000 Jobs by 2025

IKEA To Scale Up Social Entrepreneurship Business; Aims for 95,000 Jobs by 2025

IKEA has announced that it is scaling up the social entrepreneurship business with the ambition to reach 95,000 jobs by 2025.


For several years, IKEA has been working with social entrepreneurs to create long-term job opportunities and livelihoods for people who need it the most. Social businesses produce unique handcrafted products in order to create financial independence and life-changing opportunities for marginalised groups and women in vulnerable communities. The ability to earn an income also has a direct and positive effect on nearly 150,000 family members of these artisans today.


To be for even more of the many, IKEA has taken the decision to extend the scope and the goal is to increase the number of jobs from today’s 30,000 jobs to 95,000 until 2025. 


Vaishali Misra, Business Leader, IKEA Social Entrepreneurs Initiative said, “I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished, but I know that we can do much more. We have built strong business relationships with our partners for many years, and now we are happy to join hands with a few additional highly established social businesses, and together we will be scaling up the social entrepreneur business."


IKEA will extend the business together with existing partners, supporting with knowledge and expertise around design, production, and working environment. In addition to this, new scalable partners will be identified as social business partners to IKEA and create positive change for more people. As a result, more jobs will be created, and IKEA will increase the offering of high quality, handmade and unique design enabled through craft traditional techniques products in the stores worldwide. 


“It’s a working relationship on inspiration, knowledge sharing, and mutual exchange of competencies. The social entrepreneurs ensure a diverse and unique product offer. On its part, IKEA uses its network to supply the enterprises with affordable, high-quality raw material, extending their infrastructure to the social enterprises. By doing this on a high scale, we could also inspire other retailers to do the same,” said Misra.



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