IKEA Foundation is vital to building our programs for children, and we are grateful to each one for their unique contributions to Save the Children.

IKEA and Save the Children

Save the Children and IKEA began collaborating in 1994, launching a signature advocacy partnership aimed at bringing transparency to the issues of child labor and safety throughout Southeast Asia. Together they developed the IKEA Code of Conduct outlining rules within their supply chain, aimed at more aggressively preventing child labor abuses. In continued cooperation, the IKEA Foundation and Save the Children have worked together to address the root causes of child labor in India and Pakistan, and to help assure children’s needs are met during natural disasters or emergencies.

Partnering to Create a Better Everyday Life for Children

The IKEA Foundation – and their mission to address the fundamental needs of children in some of the world’s poorest communities – has been an ideal Save the Children partner for child rights advocacy and program delivery. Photo Credit: Janet VanderLugt 2017.

Global Partnership

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. We make tremendous efforts to fight the root causes of child labor and strengthen children’s rights in the cotton communities so we can keep children safe, out of factories and cotton fields and in classrooms where they can learn, play and develop.

We are quickly and efficiently helping children whose communities are struck by disasters 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 Save the Children to be fast, flexible and efficient when deploying humanitarian experts to the field to save lives, alleviate suffering and restore 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 Save the Children to expand the Humanitarian Operations program into French-speaking countries, and to develop and initiate training programs in Education and Child Protection in Emergencies.

We have reached 1 million children directly in 17 countries in Asia and Europe thanks to the Soft Toys for Education campaign. Running from 2003 to 2015, the campaign aimed to improve the education of the most disadvantaged children, recognizing that education is one of the best investments for them. Our programs focused on children of ethnic minority groups and children with disabilities – groups which are often the most vulnerable.

This photo was taken by Laura Gomez, Communications Manager, U.S. Programs, in April 2018. The pictured IKEA iWitness trip participant is assembling furniture as part of a childcare center renovation project. The center was damaged after Hurricane Harvey, and IKEA provided supplies and support to update one of their classrooms, to allow the center to build back to full capacity. Photo credit: Laura Gomez/Save the Children 2018.

Local Partnerships

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 also donates products after a disaster that are critical to furnishing early childhood centers to assure that children in the community were back to school in child friendly, child safe spaces while the rest of their community continued to rebuild.

The animals are the 2017 SAGOSKATT toy collection. Photo credit: IKEA 2017.

Good Cause Campaigns

IKEA’s annual Let’s Play for Change campaign supports 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 helps some of the world’s most vulnerable children play safely and develop to their full potential.

Additionally, as part of the 2017 Let’s Play for Change campaign in the U.S, 100% of IKEA U.S. proceeds from 2017 SAGOSKATT collection were donated to Save the Children. The SAGOSKATT soft toy collection is a series of wonderfully imaginative plush toys, designed by kids – for kids. During the campaign, IKEA co-workers and customers engaged in the cause, and an amazing 107,757 IKEA children’s products were sold nationwide. Specifically, proceeds supported Save the Children’s hurricane relief efforts in areas of Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico devastated by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Funds were used to help children and their families rebound and build their resilience following these natural disasters and support child care centers and early education programs in their rebuilding efforts to enable them to support affected communities.

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