UNHCR turns on new solar plant in Jordan’s Azraq refugee camp funded by IKEA Foundation

Azraq, 2017-May-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, switched on today (17 May 2017) the newly constructed solar plant in Jordan’s Azraq refugee camp. Funded by the IKEA Foundation’s Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign, the solar farm has brought power to a population that lived for two years without electricity and will contribute to the Jordan national energy strategy to achieve a green economy by 2020.

The 2-megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) plant provides electricity to 20,000 Syrian refugees living in almost 5,000 shelters in Azraq camp, covering the energy needs of the two villages connected to the national grid. Each family can now connect a fridge, a TV, a fan, have light inside the shelter and charge their phones, which is critical for refugees to keep in contact with their relatives abroad.

Azraq camp opened its doors in April 2014 and is located in a desert area in northern Jordan, with hot summers and harsh winters. The lack of electricity has been one of the main challenges faced by its residents, making daily activities difficult, such as cooking, washing the clothes, studying or walking safely to the washroom at night, especially for women and children.

The introduction of electricity will help address these challenges and significantly improve the well-being of Azraq residents. For the last two years, refugees have been living with the sole support of solar lanterns distributed on their arrival and 476 solar street lights installed in one of the villages, both funded by the IKEA Foundation.

The Azraq’s solar farm is the first solar plant built in a refugee setting in the world. In Jordan, where the cost of electricity is high, the solar plant will allow UNHCR to provide electricity to Azraq camp residents free of cost, savings that will be invested in other needed assistance.

The solar farm will result in immediate savings of US$ 1.5 million per year and it will reduce CO2 emissions by 2,370 tons per year. Once the solar plant is upgraded from 2 to 5 Megawatts and operating at full capacity, it will produce three times these savings and reduction in CO2 emissions and cover all of Azraq’s energy needs. Connected to the national grid, any extra electricity generated will be sent back free of cost, supporting the host community energy needs.

The construction of the Azraq solar plant has also meant an income opportunity to over 50 refugees who have been trained and employed to help build the solar farm under the supervision of the Jordanian solar company Mustakbal, which led the works on site. Part of these refugees will be also in charge of the maintenance works in the future.

“Today marks a milestone. Lighting up the camp is not only a symbolic achievement; it provides a safer environment for all camp residents, opens up livelihoods opportunities, and gives children the chance to study after dark. Above all, it allows all residents of the camps to lead more dignified lives,” said Kelly T. Clements, UNHCR Deputy High Commissioner. “Once again the partnership between IKEA Foundation and UNHCR has shown how we can embrace new technologies, innovation and humanity while helping refugees.”

The solar plant, which cost 8.75 million euros, has been entirely funded by the IKEA Foundation through the Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign that raised 30.8 million euro for UNHCR projects. For each LED light-bulb sold during the campaign period, the IKEA Foundation donated 1 euro to UNHCR to bring renewable energy and education to refugees.

“The world’s first solar farm in a refugee camp signals a paradigm shift in how the humanitarian sector supports displaced populations. UNHCR Jordan will save millions of dollars, while reducing carbon emissions and improving living conditions for some of the world’s most vulnerable children and families”, said Per Heggenes, CEO of the IKEA Foundation. “We are very grateful to everyone involved—especially the IKEA customers and co-workers who took part in the Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign, the UNHCR, the Jordanian government, EDCO, and most of all, the Syrian and Jordanian people who made this project a reality”, he concluded.

Providing renewable energy sources to refugees and their host communities is one of the priorities for UNHCR globally. Innovative partnerships such us the one with IKEA Foundation help UNHCR find forward looking and sustainable solutions for the refugee community.

For more information please contact:

[ENG] Olga Sarrado Mur
UNHCR External Relations
sarrado@unhcr.org
962 79 761 7799

[ARA] Mohammad Hawari
UNHCR External Relations
hawari@unhcr.org,
+962 79 895 6781

Radu Dumitraşcu
Communications Manager
IKEA Foundation
radu.dumitrascu@ikeafoundation.org
+31 6 556 98 570<

Source: IKEA

IKEA U.S. co-workers returns from IWitness Ambassador trips

Assistance Critical to Enabling Red Cross to Respond to Disasters in the United States

Conshohocken, PA, 2016-Jun-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA U.S. announced today that ten IKEA U.S. co-workers have returned from their IWitness Ambassador trips; five went to Cambodia to visit and experience the IKEA Foundation funded ‘Soft Toys for Education’ programs managed by Save the Children and five others visited the IKEA Group Wind Farm in Cameron, Texas.

The Cambodia trip was a meaningful experience for co-workers to learn more about the IKEA Foundation’s ‘Soft Toys for Education’ campaign. Since 2003, this program has contributed $97.7 million (€88 million) to Save the Children and UNICEF, helping to increase school attendance for some of the world’s most marginalized and vulnerable children. Funds have also helped train teachers, provide educational materials and improve child protection systems in schools and communities.

The trip to Cameron, Texas was arranged to view the Cameron wind farm. For background, in November 2015, The IKEA Group purchased its second wind farm in the United States from Apex Clean Energy: a 165-megawatt wind farm in Cameron County, Texas. This represents the single largest renewable energy investment made by the IKEA Group globally to date. The wind farm will contribute significantly to the IKEA Group 2020 goal of producing as much renewable energy as the total energy the company consumes globally. The Cameron Wind farm is now fully operational.

The IKEA IWitness Ambassador Program supports understanding how improving opportunities for children and their families has great value. Each year, IKEA U.S. co-workers travel around the world to witness first-hand what a difference IKEA support makes in the lives of children and refugees. On a national level, IKEA co-workers experience IKEA U.S. environmental programs. These ‘IWitness Ambassador’ co-workers are selected based on their video and personal applications that include their experience and interest in social and environmental programs.

In 2016, 14 IKEA U.S. co-workers have participated in three different IWitness trips: four co-workers have traveled to rural West Virginia to visit Save the Children literacy programs funded by IKEA USA; five co-workers traveled to Cambodia to visit educational programs funded by the IKEA Foundation Soft Toys for Education program; and five co-workers traveled to rural Cameron, Texas to see the most recent IKEA U.S. wind farm purchase.

The IWitness program is just one of many reasons why IKEA is a great place to work. IKEA U.S. 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.

To see the co-workers’ experiences, click here: https://www.instagram.com/ikeausajourneys/

For further information, please contact:
Mona Astra Liss, IKEA US PR Director, Mona.Liss@IKEA.com, 610.834.0180, ext. 5852

About IKEA Group
The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people. Our business idea supports this visionby 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.com. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information, please visit www.IKEA.com, facebook.com/IKEAUSA, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA, http://pinterest.com/IKEAUSA/, www.youtube.com/IKEAUSA, www.theshare-space.com, www.theshare-space.com/en/Blog

About Save the Children:
Save the Children (www.savethechildren.org) invests in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. In the U.S. and around the world, we are dedicated to ensuring every child has the best chance for success. Our pioneering programs give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. Our advocacy efforts provide a voice for children who cannot speak for themselves. As the leading expert on children, we inspire and achieve lasting impact for millions of the world’s most vulnerable girls and boys. By transforming children’s lives now, we change the course of their future and ours. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

IKEA Foundation commits $13.9 million to Water.org to expand its WaterCredit model

Kansas City, 2016-Mar-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA Foundation today, World Water Day, announced a new grant to Water.org to expand efforts to provide safe water and sanitation to one million people in India and Indonesia. IKEA Foundation is committing $13.9 million to Water.org to expand its WaterCredit model, helping families have access to small, affordable loans so they can meet their water and sanitation needs.

“Our work at Water.org has never been more important, and thanks to this grant from the IKEA Foundation, we are going to help hundreds of thousands of kids gain access to safe water and sanitation and impact their lives forever,” said Matt Damon, Co-founder of Water.org.

IKEA Foundation’s partnership with Water.org began in 2013 in Bangladesh. Since then, the partnership has grown. “With support from IKEA Foundation, Water.org is able to activate every element of our global WaterCredit expansion strategy,” said Alix-Ines Lebec, Director of Strategic Alliances for Water.org. “IKEA Foundation trusts our model and supports our vision to tackle the water crisis in ways that are smart and scalable.”

IKEA Foundation’s contributions will scale Water.org’s WaterCredit model at an unprecedented level, helping to break down the barriers between people and access to safe water and sanitation. Thanks to the WaterCredit model, one million people—hundreds of thousands of whom are children—will have life’s most basic necessities, giving women hope, children health and communities a future in which to thrive.

For IKEA Foundation, this commitment is part of a larger effort to help the world’s poorest communities lift themselves out of poverty. Per Heggenes, IKEA Foundation CEO said, “IKEA Foundation believes that every child deserves a healthy start in life, so we are supporting Water.org’s innovative program to help families in Bangladesh, India and Indonesia access safe water and better sanitation facilities, giving them improved health and a life of dignity.”

“By supporting the development of game-changing approaches like WaterCredit, the IKEA Foundation is helping drive the critical innovation needed to end the water and sanitation crisis,” said Gary White, Water.org Co-Founder and CEO. And that support has the power to help the most vulnerable unlock potential for themselves and others, and transform the world.

One of 10 new partnerships in 2015
This commitment is part of a larger effort by IKEA Foundation to help the world’s poorest communities lift themselves out of poverty. In 2015, IKEA Foundation gave $132 million to support children’s programs in some of the world’s poorest communities. The partnership with Water.org is one example of the Foundation’s approach to creating prosperity for children and families all over the world.

Per Heggenes, CEO of IKEA Foundation stated, “We provided $132 million in grants to our 49 partners in 2015, part of our $1.1 billion commitment through 2020. By addressing children’s fundamental needs—for home, health, education and a sustainable family income—we are helping them to create better futures for themselves and their families, while helping their communities overcome the impacts of climate change.”

Another important highlight from 2015 includes the IKEA Foundation’s commitment for climate action. IKEA Foundation announced a $440 million new funding commitment through 2020 to help the world’s poorest communities adapt to and overcome the impacts of climate change. In the years to come, the Foundation will help communities build resilient and innovative infrastructure to protect them during disasters and push ahead on bold renewable-energy experiments to benefit entire communities. The new climate funding commitment will also include programs to help farmers in Asia and Africa adopt climate-sensitive techniques that increase quality, yield and nutritional value of their crops while decreasing waste. Lastly, the Foundation will continue to motivate corporations, investment firms and average citizens to be proactive and make a positive contribution to global efforts meant to tackle climate change.

To get your copy of the 2015 Annual Review, go here:http://ikeafoundation.org/AnnualReview2015/

About the IKEA Foundation
The IKEA Foundation (Stichting IKEA Foundation) is the philanthropic arm of INGKA Foundation, the owner of the IKEA Group of companies. We aim 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 a sustainable family income. Learn more at www.ikeafoundation.org and www.facebook.com/IKEAfoundation

About Water.org
For more than 20 years, Water.org has been at the forefront of developing and delivering solutions to the global water crisis. Founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, Water.org pioneers innovative, community-driven and market-based initiatives to ensure all people have access to safe water and sanitation — giving women hope, children health and communities a future. To date, Water.org has positively transformed the lives of more than 3 million people around the world, ensuring a better life for generations ahead. Learn more at http://water.org/ and www.facebook.com/water.

About WaterCredit
WaterCredit by Water.org puts financial tools to work in the water and sanitation sector. It allows people in need to access small loans for water connections or toilets, empowering them to accelerate change in their own homes and communities. Here is how it works:
‒Water.org partners with carefully selected microfinance institutions who provide loans to a person or family in need for water connections or toilets.
‒The loans through WaterCredit are affordable, making them easy to repay.
‒Once the loan is repaid, it can go to the next person who needs it. It is a pay-it-forward system that makes it possible to help more and more people in ways that will last.
Learn more at http://water.org/solutions/watercredit/

Contacts:
IKEA Foundation
Radu Dumitrascu
+31 6 556 98 570
radu.dumitrascu@ikeafoundation.org

Mona Astra Liss (U.S. Contact)
610.834.0180/ext. 5852
mona.liss@ikea.com

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Water.org
Rosemary Gudelj
+1816 877 8461
rgudelj@water.org

IKEA Foundation has contributed $97.7M to Save the Children and UNICEF since 2003; benefitted over 12 M children in over 46 countries

Conshohocken, PA, 2016-Jan-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — More than 12 million children in over 46 countries have better schools, teachers and learning materials, thanks to a 13 year partnership between the IKEA Foundation, Save the Children and UNICEF.

Since 2003, the IKEA Foundation’s ‘Soft Toys for Education’ campaign has contributed $97.7 million (€88 million) * to Save the Children and UNICEF, helping to increase school attendance for some of the world’s most marginalized and vulnerable children. Funds have also helped train teachers, provide educational materials and improve child protection systems in schools and communities.

This year’s campaign, which ran November 1 through December 26, 2015, the U.S. alone raised over $1.4 million through soft toys, IKEA FAMILY children’s books and card games sales.

“Education is the most solid road leading out of poverty. All children have the right to an education but still too many are left behind. Partnering with UNICEF and Save the Children for 13 years has allowed us to address this issue strategically and invest in improving the quality of education in some of the world’s poorest communities—and we’re incredibly grateful to the IKEA customers and co-workers who have worked so hard to make that right a reality for over 12 million children,” said Per Heggenes, CEO IKEA Foundation

In Ethiopia, funds from the IKEA Foundation have helped UNICEF reach children in rural farming communities with basic education. The flexible schooling model has been so successful that the Ethiopian government has rolled it out nationally.

“Over the last 13 years, the incredible support of the IKEA Foundation and IKEA employees and customers has been invaluable in helping UNICEF transform the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children through education,” said Caryl M. Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. “Thanks to this partnership, millions of children around the world will have the opportunity to receive a quality education and build a better and brighter future for themselves and their communities.”

In China, IKEA Foundation funding helped develop early-childhood development centers for disadvantaged children living in selected rural communities. The impact of these centers on children’s lives contributed to the Government of China’s decision to universalize preschool education.

With the support of the IKEA Foundation, Save the Children has worked in 17 countries in Asia and Europe to provide educational opportunities for previously out-of-school children, to improve the learning environment and to train teachers on child-centered, nonviolent, and inclusive teaching methodology.

“With the help of the ‘Soft Toys for Education’ campaign, Save the Children is creating a better and brighter future for children – giving the most vulnerable kids access to learning, and teachers the tools to provide a better quality education,” said Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children. “We are extremely thankful for our partnership with the IKEA Foundation, and all the support we’ve received from IKEA employees and customers the past 13 years. Together we have made an enormous difference in the lives of children.”

In Bangladesh, the Philippines and Vietnam, Save the Children has, together with education authorities and civil society organizations, supported policy reform and practices to ensure that children from minority groups learn in a language they understand.

Although the Soft Toys for Education campaign has ended its successful run, the IKEA Foundation will continue its commitment to UNICEF and Save the Children through ongoing grants in Eastern Europe, sub-Saharan Africa and Asia in the areas of education, early-childhood care and development, child protection, adolescence and humanitarian response.

Through the IKEA IWitness program, IKEA co-workers get to see first-hand how the campaigns they support create a better everyday life for children and their families in developing countries.

*For every soft toy, children’s book and card game sold, the IKEA Foundation donated one euro ($1.11)* to UNICEF and Save the Children to train teachers, improve child-protection systems, provide educational materials, and increase school attendance in some of the world’s poorest communities.

Notes to editors
Behind these figures are the individual stories of teachers and children like May Yoi Ching Marma in Bangladesh, Naima in the Philippines, Nokolunga in South Africa and Jan Sankoh in Sierra Leone.

Save the Children
The story of Naima in Mindanao, the Philippines
savethechildren.net/save-children-ikea-foundation-collaboration-case-study-philippines
The story of May Yoi Ching in Bangladesh
savethechildren.net/save-children-ikea-foundation-collaboration-case-study-bangladesh

UNICEF
The story of Nokulunga in South Africa
unicef.org/esaro/5440_south-africa_day-of-the-girl-child.html
Studying despite the Ebola outbreak Sierra Leone
unicef.org/infobycountry/sierraleone_81528.html

IKEA U.S.
Mona Astra Liss, US Corporate PR Director
610.834.0180, ext. 5852
Mona.Liss@IKEA.com

Save the Children
Jeremy Soulliere
Manager, Media & Communications
203-295-5842
Jsoulliere@savechildren.org

UNICEF
Andrea Sioris
Deputy Director, Public Relations
(212) 880-9136
asioris@unicefusa.org

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 329 IKEA Group stores in 27 countries. There are 41 IKEA stores in the US. In FY 15, IKEA Group had 716 million visitors to the stores and 1.9 billion visitors to IKEA.com. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information, please visit www.IKEA-USA.com, facebook.com/IKEAUSA, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA, http://pinterest.com/IKEAUSA/, http://www.youtube.com/IKEAUSA, IKEA-USA.com/sharespace

About IKEA Foundation
The IKEA Foundation (Stichting IKEA Foundation) is the philanthropic arm of INGKA Foundation, the owner of the IKEA Group of companies. We aim 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 a sustainable family income, while helping these communities fight and cope with climate change. Learn more at www.ikeafoundation.org and www.facebook.com/IKEAfoundation.

About Save the Children
Save the Children gives children in the United States and around the world a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We invest in childhood — every day, in times of crisis and for our future. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

About UNICEF
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to put children first. UNICEF has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization, by providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. Together, we are working toward the day when no children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood. For more information, visit www.unicefusa.org. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

SOURCE: Inter IKEA Systems B.V.

IKEA Group and IKEA Foundation commit EUR 1 billion to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy and to support the communities most at risk

Conshohocken, PA, 2015-6-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — In this critical year for climate action, IKEA Group and IKEA Foundation are making bold new commitments to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy and to support the communities most at risk. Announced today, the EUR 1 billion total is made up of an IKEA Group commitment of EUR 600 million for investment in renewable energy and a EUR 400 million IKEA Foundation funding commitment to support communities most impacted by climate change. The announcements coincide with a key meeting in Bonn, where governments are preparing a global climate agreement to be negotiated at the COP21 meeting in Paris in December.

IKEA Group – The EUR 600 million commitment to renewable energy, announced today by the IKEA Group, builds on the EUR 1.5 billion invested in wind and solar since 2009. The company is on track to become energy independent, producing as much renewable energy as it consumes in its buildings, and has already committed to own and operate 314 offsite wind turbines and installed 700,000 solar panels on its buildings. The majority of the new commitment (EUR500 million) will be invested in wind energy and around EUR 100 million is expected to be invested in solar up to 2020.

“Climate change is one of the world’s biggest challenges and we need bold commitments and action to find a solution. That’s why we are going all in to transform our business, to ensure that it is fit for the future and we can have a positive impact. This includes going 100% for renewable energy, by investing in wind and solar, and converting all our lighting products to affordable LED bulbs, helping many millions of households to live a more sustainable life at home.” Peter Agnefjäll, President and CEO, IKEA Group.

IKEA Foundation – Building on many years of supporting children and families in some of the world’s poorest communities, the IKEA Foundation also announced its own commitment of EUR 400 million through 2020 to support families and communities who are most impacted by climate change.

The IKEA Foundation funds programmes to create long term opportunities for children living in some of the world’s poorest communities. In 2014, the IKEA Foundation contributed €104 million to more than forty partner organizations running programmes to benefit children in 46 countries. Since 2009, programmes funded by the IKEA Foundation have helped more than 178 million children worldwide. The new funding will help poor communities build resilience to climate change and improve lives by adopting renewable energy technologies in homes, schools and businesses.

“We’re working toward a world where children living in poverty have more opportunities to create a better future for themselves and their families. Tackling climate change is critical to achieving this goal.” Per Heggenes, CEO of the IKEA Foundation

About the IKEA Group
Our vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people and we offer well designed, functional and affordable, high quality home furnishing, produced with care for people and the environment. The IKEA Group has 322 stores in 28 countries. In addition there are more than 40 stores run by franchisees outside the IKEA Group. The IKEA Group had 716 million visitors to the stores during FY14 and more than 1.5 billion visitors to the web. For more information, please visit www.IKEA.com

Contact:
Jamie Rusby, jamie.rusby@ikea.com, +46 723 527 369

About IKEA Foundation
The IKEA Foundation is the philanthropic arm of INGKA Foundation, the owner of the home furnishings company IKEA Group. We aim to improve opportunities for children and youth in some of the world’s poorest communities by funding holistic, long-term programmes 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 a sustainable family income. Learn more at www.ikeafoundation.org and www.facebook.com/IKEAfoundation

Contact:

Radu Dumitraşcu, radu.dumitrascu@ikeafoundation.org, +31 6 556 98 570

IKEA Foundation will donate one euro for every LED light bulb purchased to help UNHCR light refugee camps

Conshohocken, PA, 2015-1-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign returns to make a difference and create a better everyday life for the many refugees living around the world. Starting February 1 and running till March 29, 2015, for every LED light bulb purchased in IKEA stores, the IKEA Foundation will donate one euro ($1.16 *) to help UNHCR light refugee camps— making them a safer, more suitable place for the families who live there. In its first year (2014), the Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign, raised $10.6 million (€7.7 million**) globally, and the US alone raised over $570,000 through IKEA co-worker and customer support.

Today there are almost 13 million refugees *** under UNHCR’s care, half of whom are children. For those refugees living in camps, all livelihoods, social and educational activities usually stop after sundown, because refugee camps can be extremely dark places. Thanks to the Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign, many now have lighting and energy solutions.

Part of the funds from last year’s campaign have been used to help over 11,000 Syrian refugees living in Azraq refugee camp, Jordan, by providing families with a solar-powered lantern, which can be used for mobile-phone charging and as a light source so families can carry on with their everyday activities. Solar lanterns allow girls and boys to study after dark, helping them with their education and progress in school. Lanterns and solar street lights mean that adults can continue working and communities can have social gatherings after sunset.

IKEA continues to lead in sustainable business practices. In October 2012, IKEA US announced it would make a bold move to sell only LED lights in all its US stores by 2016, thereby enabling millions of people to live a more sustainable life at home and save on their energy bills.

*one euro (€1) = $1.16 on January 20, 2015
** one euro (€1) = $1.38 on March 20, 2014
*** Facts based on UNHCR Report released January 7.2015. http://unhcr.org/54aa91d89.html

Contact Information:
IKEA US: Mona Astra Liss, 601.834.018/5852
IKEA Foundation: Jonathan Spampinato, Jonathan.Spampinato@ikeafoundation.orgTel: +31 611756336

UNHCR US: Nick Slijepcevic, nslijepcevic@usaforunhcr.org . 202.644.7161

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 315 IKEA Group stores in 27 countries. Additionally, there are 40 IKEA stores run by franchises. There are 40 IKEA stores in the US. In FY 14, IKEA Group had 716 million visitors to the stores and 1.5 billion visitors to IKEA.com. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information, please visit www.IKEA.com, facebook.com/IKEAUSA, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA, http://pinterest.com/IKEAUSA/, www.youtube.com/IKEAUSA, www.theshare-space.com, www.theshare-space.com/en/Blog

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 programmes 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 programmes benefit an estimated 100 million children. Learn more at www.ikeafoundation.org and www.facebook/IKEAfoundation

About UNHCR – The UN refugee agency
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, also known as the UN refugee agency, was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. It is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless people. In more than six decades, the agency has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives.

Learn more by visiting:
www.unhcr.org
www.facebook.com/UNHCR
www.twitter.com/refugees