Four IKEA co-workers awarded trip to visit and experience the Save the Children’s Early Steps to School Success literacy program

  • IKEA U.S. Awarded Four Co-workers an IWitness Ambassador Trip to Arnoldsburg, West Virginia
  • Four IKEA co-workers were awarded an ambassador trip to witness the IKEA U.S. funded ‘Save the Children’ literacy program ‘Early Steps to School Success’

Conshohocken, PA, 2016-Mar-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA U.S. announced today that four IKEA co-workers; Spencer Saldumbide, IKEA Burbank, Kelli Bothwell, IKEA Merriam, Apollo Meza, IKEA Carson and Sarah Lawson, IKEA Centennial recently travelled to Arnoldsburg, West Virginia from March 8 – 10, 2016 to to visit and experience the Save the Children’s Early Steps to School Success literacy program funded by IKEA U.S.

The Early Steps to School Success (ESSS) program was launched in West Virginia in 2010. Now, Save the Children’s literacy program ESSS partners with eight communities in five counties serving 3,197 children. The program lays a critical foundation of language, literacy skills, social and emotional development for children from birth to age five. It includes home visits, book exchanges, parenting groups and emphasis on transition t school including equipping parents and caregivers with the skills to successfully support children’s growth.

The IKEA IWitness Ambassador Program supports improving opportunities for children and their families. Each year, IKEA U.S. co-workers travel around the world to witness first-hand what a difference our support makes in the lives of children and refugees.

In 2016, 14 IKEA U.S. co-workers will participate in three different IWitness trips: four co-workers have already travelled to rural West Virginia to visit Save the Children literacy programs funded by IKEA USA; five co-workers are traveling to Southeast Asia to visit educational programs funded by the IKEA Foundation Soft Toys for Education program; and five co-workers are traveling to rural Texas to see the most recent IKEA U.S. wind farm purchase and participate in a service project for that community.

The IWitness program is just one of many reasons why IKEA is a great place to work. IKEA US was recently listed on the 2016 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® List, which highlighted the company’s strong culture and values of humbleness, willpower, simplicity, and togetherness and enthusiasm.

About IKEA Group
The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people. Our business idea supports this vision by offering a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them. There are currently 328 IKEA Group stores in 28 countries. Additionally, there are 40 IKEA stores run by franchises. There are 41 IKEA stores in the U.S. In FY 15, IKEA Group had 771 million visitors to the stores and 1.9 billion visitors to IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information, please visit,, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA,,,,

About IKEA Foundation
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 and www.facebook/IKEAfoundation

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Publix ranked 67 on this year’s Fortune “100 Best Companies to Work For” list

LAKELAND, Fla., 2016-Mar-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the 19th consecutive year, Publix has been honored as one of Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.” Publix was ranked No. 67 on this year’s list — up from No. 81 last year — and was one of only 12 companies to have made the list every year since its inception in 1998.

“I’ve been privileged to lead what could quite possibly be the best company in the world,” said Ed Crenshaw, Publix CEO. “I’m proud of our commitment to our people, culture and communities. We are humbled to be recognized by Fortune for 19 consecutive years as a great place to work. The secret to our success is our associates – company owners themselves – who’ve been making Publix a great place to work for more than 85 years.”

Two-thirds of a company’s score is based on a survey, which is sent to a random sample of employees. The survey asks questions related to their attitudes about the management’s credibility, job satisfaction, and camaraderie. The remaining third is based on a company’s responses to the Culture Audit questionnaire, which asks detailed questions about pay and benefits programs, and open-ended questions about hiring, communication and diversity.

Publix will be featured in the March 15th edition of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work. Fortune Senior Editor, Christopher Tkaczyk, had an opportunity to go behind the scenes and learn what makes Publix a great company to work for and a beloved brand. He spent one week working in the company’s retail environment experiencing the culture and people first-hand. To read about his experience visit For more information about the survey and how companies were ranked, visit Fortune’s website,

SOURCE: Publix Asset Management Company

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