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Save the Children and IKEA have been partners since 1994 and have together developed the IKEA Code of Conduct to prevent child labor in their supply chain. Since 2008, we have worked together to address the root causes of child labor in the cotton seed and cotton production industry in India and Pakistan. So far, more than 60 of our programs around the world have been supported by the IKEA Foundation.
Soft Toys for Education Campaign
One exciting part of our IKEA partnership is the annual Soft Toys for Education campaign. The campaign, which takes place in IKEA stores around the globe, supports quality education for vulnerable children living in poverty in developing countries. This year, Soft Toys for Education runs from November 9, 2014 - January 3, 2015. For each soft toy or children's book purchased during that time, one euro (approximately $1.30) is donated to Save the Children and UNICEF.
This year's book, "The Frog Prince," takes young readers on a journey to a fairy tale forest where they will learn about the special bonds of friendship. The book is available at IKEA stores, as are cuddly soft toy friends based on the story. These new characters – a silly frog, a "red-hooded rebel," a wise hare and a sweet owl – will surely bring a smile to the face of any child (or adult).
Since the Soft Toys Campaign started 12 years ago, IKEA Foundation donations have totaled approximately $90.4 million (€67 million), helping more than 11 million children in 46 countries realize their right to a quality education.
To see how the campaign makes a difference, visit the IWitness blog where IKEA employees post photos and stories of their visits to Soft Toys projects.
A Focus on Children in the U.S.
IKEA US has been a committed partner in our U.S. Early Steps to School Success program, which focuses on laying the critical foundation of language and literacy skills for children from birth to age 5. Through financial and in-kind support, IKEA is helping us ensure that children can enter school ready to succeed. Explore the program.
In 2013, IKEA contributed products used in shelters in New York and New Jersey to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy, and they also helped refurnish more than 40 child care centers damaged by the storm. See how we worked together to give a Brooklyn Head Start facility a post-Sandy makeover.
In 2014, IKEA has been an important partner in our efforts to help children crossing the U.S. border from Central America. Between October 2013 and October 2014, more than 60,000 children arrived at the border in search of refuge from life-threatening violence, deep poverty and other concerns in their home countries. Learn more about the crisis.
IKEA, the world's largest home furnishings retailer, was founded in 1943 in Sweden. Since that time, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design, quality and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 340 IKEA stores in 41 countries, including 38 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment.
The IKEA Foundation aims to improve opportunities for children and youth by funding holistic, long-term programs that can create substantial, lasting change, and enable them to take charge of their own future. We work with strong strategic partners applying innovative approaches to achieve large-scale results in four fundamental areas of a child's life. Currently, funded programs benefit an estimated 100 million children.
Last Update November 2014