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The IKEA Foundation is Save the Children’s largest global corporate partner. We have been partners since 1994 and, together, developed the IKEA Code of Conduct to prevent child labor in the IKEA supply chain. Through IKEA Foundation-funded programs, Save the Children has touched the lives of some 10 million children.
Save the Children’s child rights programs in India and Pakistan, funded by the IKEA Foundation, aim to improve the lives of children in cotton-growing districts by protecting them from hazardous forms of child labor, abuse, violence, exploitation and neglect. Together, we fight the root causes of child labor and strengthen the rights of children in cotton communities so we can keep them safe, out of factories and cotton fields, and in classrooms where they can learn, play and develop.
We also work together to help children whose communities are struck by disaster or conflict. At the onset of an emergency, the IKEA Foundation guarantees a decision 24 hours after receiving a funding application from Save the Children. This enables us to be fast, flexible and efficient when deploying humanitarian experts to the field to save lives, alleviate suffering and restore the dignity of affected children and their families.
Save the Children is dedicated to increasing the capacity of the humanitarian sector and does this through its Humanitarian Leadership Program. The IKEA Foundation is supporting us to expand our Humanitarian Operations program into French-speaking countries and to develop and initiate training programs in education and child protection in emergencies. Thanks to the Soft Toys for Education campaign, we directly reached 1 million children in 17 countries in Asia and Europe. The campaign, which ran from 2003 to 2015, aimed to improve the education of the most disadvantaged children, recognizing that education is one of the best investments for their future. The Save the Children programs focused on children from ethnic minority groups and children with disabilities – groups that are often among the most vulnerable.
IKEA U.S. is a committed partner in our U.S. Early Steps to School Success program, focused 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 the nearly 90 million American children living in poverty enter school developmentally ready to learn and succeed.
Additionally, IKEA donates products after a disaster that are critical to refurnishing early childhood centers to assure children in the community can return to school in child-friendly, child-safe spaces as their community continues to rebuild.
Good Cause Campaign
This is the second year of the IKEA Let’s Play for Change campaign – a good cause campaign supporting children’s right to play. The IKEA Foundation realizes that many children around the world lack safe spaces to play and develop. By granting $53 (Є45) million to six partner organizations, including Save the Children, the IKEA Foundation wants to help some of the world’s most vulnerable children play safely and develop to their full potential.
Additionally, as part of the Let’s Play for Change campaign in the U.S, 100% of IKEA U.S. proceeds from 2017 SAGOSKATT collection will be donated to Save the Children. The SAGOSKATT soft toy collection is a series of wonderfully imaginative plush toys, designed by kids for kids. Specifically, proceeds will go toward Save the Children’s hurricane relief efforts in areas of Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico devastated by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Funds will be used to help children and their families rebound and build their resilience following these natural disasters and will support child care centers and early education programs in their rebuilding efforts to enable them to support affected communities.
During the 2016 global campaign, IKEA co-workers and customers engaged in the cause, and an amazing 12.6 million IKEA children’s products were sold worldwide. As a result of the collaboration on the Good Cause Campaign, the IKEA Foundation has donated €21.5 million to six partners who will help thousands of vulnerable children enjoy their right to play.