Designing good quality
For us, good design is the right combination of form, function, quality, sustainability and a low price. Our product developers and designers have to find the right balance of all these elements when the design process begins. It's a unique challenge that keeps us innovative.
The people behind our designs
What makes the IKEA design process unique is that our suppliers play a very important role. Very early on in the design phase, our product developers and designers work with a diverse team of technicians, manufacturers and specialists - often right on the factory floor. This special partnership helps keep our prices low and find the latest techniques to create products the IKEA way.
We test all of our materials and products during the product development phase. For us, good quality is based on the needs of our customers, how they use our furniture and their lives at home. Our two IKEA Test Labs in Sweden and China are also training centers for our co-workers and suppliers.
From September 2015, all the cotton in our products will come from more sustainable sources. This is good news for you, farmers and the environment. At the same time, we're switching to 100% LED, making this sustainable light source more affordable and beautiful. These are just two of the ways we can help people all over the world live more sustainably. We also now have more than 700,000 solar panels installed on IKEA buildings worldwide and we've committed to owning and operating 224 wind turbines.
The main financial principle of the IKEA Group is to grow by using our own resources. In other words, we earn our money before we spend it. This makes it possible for us to make long-term investments for the future.
The IKEA vision is the foundation for our growth. We want to make sure that IKEA is accessible, so that more people can create a better everyday life at home. We re-invest a majority of our profits in existing and new IKEA stores, as well as in product development, sustainable solutions and by continuously lowering prices to our customers.
But we're not done yet. We're just warming up...
The Brighter Lives for Refugees
The Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign runs in IKEA stores globally. For every LEDARE (LED light bulb) sold during the campaign, the IKEA Foundation will donate E1 to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
Soft toys for Education Campaign
Soft Toys for Education is a good cause partnership between the IKEA Foundation, UNICEF and Save the Children. The idea is simple: for every Soft Toy or children's book sold from November Nov-Jan, the IKEA Foundation donates?1 euro to children's education
Soft toys for Education Campaign
The IKEA Foundation aims to improve opportunities for children and youth in some of the world's poorest communities by funding holistic, long-term programs that can create substantial, lasting change. The IKEA Foundation works with strong strategic partners applying innovative approaches to achieve large-scale results in four fundamental areas of a child's life: a place to call home; a healthy start in life; a quality education; and sustainable family income. Currently-funded programs benefit an estimated 100 million children. Learn more at www.ikeafoundation.org and www.facebook.com/IKEAfoundation
Save the Children
Save the Children is the world's leading independent organization for children, delivering programs and improving children's lives in more than 120 countries worldwide. Working toward a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation, Save the Children's mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. Learn more at www.savethechildren.net and www.facebook.com/savethechildren
UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. Learn more at www.unicef.org and www.facebook.com/unicef