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Working at the IKEA Group

Most people see IKEA products. We see the many inspiring roles that make them possible. 

At IKEA we believe in people. Behind every product are humble, enthusiastic teams that make it possible. Come see things a little differently with us.

Culture & Values

You see things a little differently. 
So do we.

We believe that every individual has something valuable to offer. We’re a diverse group of down-to-earth, straightforward people with a passion for home furnishing. We come from all over the world, but we share an inspiring vision: “to create a better everyday life for the many people”. How we realise this vision is based on our shared humanistic values. These values guide our work and build our inclusive, open and honest culture. It’s all based on a spirit of togetherness and enthusiasm. We work hard, but we have fun doing it. We’re always looking for people who share our positive attitude and values.

Diversity & Inclusion

Being ourselves, and contributing with our uniqueness makes us all grow. Caring for People and Diversity & Inclusion are embedded in our vision and in our values. At IKEA Group, we see diversity and inclusion as the right thing to do. Recognising our co-workers’ differences contributes to creativity and supports our growth. We strive to have a diverse and inclusive work environment where co-workers feel valued for their uniqueness, recognised for their diverse talents, and where co-workers can be themselves.

Simply put: we believe the uniqueness of every individual makes IKEA better! #committoequality

Why are IDAHOT and LGBT+ inclusion important topics for IKEA Group?

We are committed to going all in on equality, recognising that it lies at the heart of human rights. We support the right of our LGBT+ co-workers to be themselves; we provide equal opportunities to develop and to contribute to the business. 

What do we want to achieve?

We want to create a fully inclusive work environment. LGBT+ inclusion is about becoming aware of our unconscious biases towards people of different sexual orientations and gender identities, and taking actions to minimise them. We created LGBT+ specific Learning in the Business modules, including real life scenarios that help develop competence for working with different sexual orientations and gender identities. Also, we want to create an infrastructure that enables treating everybody fairly, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

What does this mean for IKEA Group co-workers?

It means acknowledging that everybody should bring their whole self to work. But it also means understanding that LGBT+ inclusion is the responsibility of every co-worker; it begins with everyone believing in and wanting to work in an inclusive work environment. We expect every co-worker to stand up for themselves and for others, ensuring that all feel included.

Diversity comes in all shapes and sizes

At IKEA Group, we welcome all dimensions of diversity. A diverse workplace is good for our co-workers, for our customers and for our business. Working with differences helps us grow both as individuals and as an organisation.

Gender equality

We believe gender equality is a human right. Our ambition is to reach gender equality at IKEA Group, which goes beyond a 50/50% gender balance in all levels and positions. Gender equality is also about creating an inclusive culture where both women and men are valued for their unique contributions.

That is why we... have been working with the gender agenda for over a decade. We are proud to be part of the first UN high-level panel on Women Economic Empowerment to help unlock potential for women to fully participate in the economy and achieve financial independence.

Inclusion

Inclusion at IKEA Group is about creating a work environment in which our co-workers are successful because they feel welcomed, respected, supported and appreciated. It is about developing an infrastructure with collaborative ways of working; it is about practicing inclusive behaviours daily and making the most of our differences.

LGBT+

As a humanistic and values driven company, we support our LGBT+ co-workers’ right to be themselves; we provide equal opportunities to develop at the IKEA Group, and to contribute to our business. We actively aim at creating a fully inclusive work environment, contributing to a positive change in all areas of our business and in society.

That is why we... have joined Workplace Pride and Stonewall, two organisations that strive for greater acceptance of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and people of all other sexual orientations and gender identities (LGBT+). That is also why we have endorsed and contributed to the UN Standards of Conduct for Business on Tackling Discrimination against LGBT+ people that was launched globally in September 2017.

Inclusion in practice

A truly inclusive workplace contributes to our creativity and business results.

Meet Irina Sukhareva,

the Distribution Centre Manager and Diversity & Inclusion Ambassador at IKEA Russia.

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Meet Alejandra Piñol,

the Country Human Resources Manager and Diversity & Inclusion Ambassador at IKEA China.

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