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The IKEA Concept starts with the idea of providing a range of home furnishing products that are affordable to the many people, not just the few. It is achieved by combining function, quality, design and value - always with sustainability in mind. The IKEA Concept exists in every part of our company, from design, sourcing, packing and distributing through to our business model. Our aim is to help more people live a better life at home.

The IKEA name combines the initials of IKEA founder, Ingvar Kamprad, (IK) with the first letters from the names of the farm and village where he grew up - Elmtaryd and Agunnaryd (EA). The IKEA logo has hardly changed during the company's history and the 1967 version remains a consistent symbol of the IKEA business.

In the early 1980s - with IKEA stores in 20 countries and expanding - IKEA founder, Ingvar Kamprad, realized he needed to protect the unique IKEA Concept as part of the company's growth. He wanted total independence and a long-term ownership structure, so the stock market wasn't an option. Plus, he believed that all the companies operating under the IKEA Brand had to build resources before they could expand.

So, the IKEA franchise system was established. Today all IKEA stores (except the IKEA Delft store in the Netherlands, which is owned by Inter IKEA Systems B.V.) operate under franchise agreements.

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IKEA is an equal opportunity employer. IKEA does not discriminate in recruitment, hiring or terms or conditions of employment on the basis of race, ethnicity, ancestry or place of birth, color, creed, religion, sex, including sexual harassment, transgender status, pregnancy, childbirth and other pregnancy-related conditions, marital status (including familial status), domestic partnership or civil union status, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, military duty or status, medical condition as defined by applicable state law, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other classification protected by federal, state or local laws and ordinances. IKEA also provides reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities to assist in the hiring process and to qualified individuals with disabilities, as required by federal, state or local law. IKEA is committed to reasonable accommodation of individuals' religious beliefs and practices and reasonable accommodation of individuals with disabilities.

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