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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 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.

Inclusion is everyone’s responsibility


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.

  • Hi Irina! Tell us about your job at IKEA Group.

    I joined IKEA in 2004 and have worked in different roles in Human Resources. In January 2016 I began my current job as Distribution Centre manager.

    What I love the most with my job is to see how much we can do and how great we can be when we work together. I find it powerful and inspiring to see how we as persons can change, learn and develop when we start listening to each other.

    In 2015 I became a Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Ambassador. I have always felt passion in my heart for diversity and equality because of my personal background. My family moved rather often and I know firsthand what it feels like to be a stranger in a new place.

    I also come from a multicultural family and feel for people who stick out and are different from others. I was so excited to join the network of Diversity & Inclusion Ambassadors after a great D&I workshop in Russia for leaders from different organisations.

    Diversity & Inclusion is at the heart of the IKEA values. What does this mean for you?

    I love that caring for people and Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) are embedded in our vision and in our values. As a humanistic company, we believe everyone has the right to be treated fairly and be given equal opportunities, whatever our background.

    I feel proud when I see how people change and often start to bloom as they find a company where they can be themselves, where they feel accepted, where they start seeing new opportunities, and where they grow personally and develop their competence.

    Ten years ago, Distribution was mostly considered men’s business. I remember a time when we only had one woman in our Operations department. It was a challenging task to make women believe they too can be great truck loaders, great forklift drivers, and do the same work as men!

    Now the situation has changed for the better, and a female co-worker is not a surprise anymore. This is fantastic! We as a team only become better and more efficient from being diverse.

Meet Alejandra Piñol,

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

  • Hi Alejandra! Tell us about your job at IKEA Group.

    I work as Country Human Resources Manager in China. I am responsible to drive the people agenda in the country, from vision to action. In my opinion, it is very important to dare to dream big, to be able to translate this dream into a concrete agenda, and to move this agenda forward in a consistent and influencing way to develop the business and have a positive impact on people’s lives.

    In China we want to be user centric and empower each one of us to lead and to be driven by opportunities with an entrepreneurial mind-set. We believe the change starts with each of us, and we are very much focused on being our best version.

    Being our best version is a win-win situation: it is good for each of us, and it is also good for the business… It is really profitable!

    Diversity & Inclusion is at the heart of the IKEA values. What does this mean for you?

    I think it is great to work for a company that has such a big focus on diversity and inclusion. The Diversity & Inclusion agenda is very solid and inspire each country to fill any gaps they might have.

    Particularly in China I feel proud of the gender balance when it comes to equal treatment and percentage of women and men in the organisation. In fact, in 2017 we have reached gender balance (50/50%) in all levels of leadership, as well as equal pay for jobs of equal value. I am happy to be part of the D&I Network. We all together aim to create a diverse and inclusive work environment, having a positive impact on our business and society. I usually think that a dream you dream alone, is just a dream; while a dream you dream together is the beginning of a new reality.

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