IKEA US to install more electric vehicle (EV) charging stations bringing the total to 32 locations by early Spring

Conshohocken, PA, 2017-Mar-06 — /EPR Retail News/ —  IKEA US is in the process of installing more electric vehicle (EV) charging stations bringing the total to 32 IKEA locations by early Spring. The Three Blink® electric vehicle (EV) charging stations* reflect the IKEA goal to be carbon free, as EVs have zero tailpipe emissions.

“Installing EV charging stations reinforces our ongoing commitment to sustainability,” said IKEA US President, Lars Petersson. “As the leader in life at home, IKEA realizes a focus on sustainable transport of people can help empower customers to live sustainably while helping the needs of EV drivers.”

To charge an EV, drivers can tap their Blink InCard (RFID card) to the reader below the screen, initiate the session directly from the Blink Mobile application, or use a guest code provided via the Blink Mobile app, BlinkCode.com, or Blink Customer Support (888-998-2546). Once the session is initiated, drivers can plug the charger into the EV, and then shop and eat at their leisure in the store while their vehicle is charging.

By 2020, IKEA will be 100% renewable – producing as much renewable energy as we consume using renewable sources. IKEA is a leader in energy and resource independence. Providing EV charging stations for IKEA visitors exemplifies a further commitment to a small carbon footprint.

Drawing from its Swedish heritage and respect for nature, IKEA strives to minimize its operations’ carbon emissions; this is not only good for the environment but good for the business.

IKEA evaluates locations regularly for conservation opportunities, integrates innovative materials into product design, works to maintain sustainable resources, and flat-packs its goods for efficient distribution. U.S. sustainable efforts include: recycling waste material; incorporating key measures into buildings with energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycling construction materials, water-conserving restrooms. And operationally; eliminating plastic bags from the check-out process, phasing-out the sale of incandescent light bulbs, facilitating recycling compact fluorescent bulbs, and selling only LED bulbs. IKEA US has solar arrays at 90% of its locations, and owns two wind farms in the U.S.

IKEA was recently appointed a No. 11 position on the national U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) National Top 100 list of the largest green power users from the Green Power Partnership. In addition, IKEA also appears fourth on the Top 30 Retail list, and No. 10 on the Top 30 On-Site Generation list.

The EV program is a partnership with Car Charging Group, Inc. (OTC: CCGI), the owner of the Blink Network and Blink EV charging stations, and the largest provider of EV charging services with thousands of public EV charging stations in 36 states and two countries.
*these EV charging stations are level 2.

ABOUT IKEA
Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 392 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 43 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest

Contact:

Mona Astra Liss
IKEA
Corporate PR Director
610.834.0180, ext. 5852

Source: IKEA

IKEA US recognized a great place to work in Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 14th Annual Scorecard on LGBT Workplace Equality

IKEA US recognized as a progressive company and great place to work in Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 14th Annual Scorecard on LGBT Workplace Equality

Conshohocken, PA, 2015-11-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA US announced today that it received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The CEI is a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation.

This year, the 2016 CEI report rated 1,027 businesses, evaluating their LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community. IKEA US satisfied all of CEI’s criteria resulting in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality. This includes:

  • Since 1995, IKEA extended benefits coverage to spouses and domestic partners including health/medical, dental, vision, dependent coverage, COBRA, FMLA, bereavement, relocation/travel assistance, adoption benefits, employee discount, employee-assistance program.
  • In 2016, the IKEA medical plan will include gender reassignment surgery and other services.

“We are very pleased we have been recognized by the 2016 Corporate Equality Index with a 100 percent perfect score. Our goal is to create a better everyday life for the many people and this starts with our co-workers. With that said, our aim is to integrate diversity and inclusion into our business processes so that it is not a stand-alone initiative; rather, it is an added dimension to our existing daily work practices, while enhancing our business,” commented Lars Petersson, IKEA US President.

In addition to benefits focused on LGBT co-workers and their families, the company strives to contribute to a better life for all co-workers and their families. Here are a few examples:

New Minimum Wage (Effective Jan. 1, 2016)

  • In June 2014, IKEA US implemented a new minimum wage structure, basing minimum hourly wages on co-workers’ local living costs (i.e., housing, food, transportation).
    • As a result of the new minimum wage structure, IKEA saw a 4% reduction in turnover.
  • In June 2015, the company announced it would once again raise its minimum hourly wage in existing stores.
    • Effective January 1, 2016, the average minimum hourly wage will increase from $10.76 to $11.87, a 10.3% increase. This is $4.62 above the current federal minimum wage. No co-worker will have a minimum hourly wage below $10.00.

Retirement Savings

  • IKEA offers a 401K plan and matches a portion of contributions. IKEA offers a 100% match on the first 4% of salary contributed, and a 50% match on the next 2% of salary contributed.
  • IKEA invests in their co-workers’ future with annual retirement fund contributions through a program called “Tack!” (Swedish for ‘Thank You’).
    • The purpose of Tack! is to show appreciation and gratitude for co-workers’ loyalty and contribution to the success of the business.
    • Regardless of rank or position, each full-time US co-worker received $2,530 in 2014.

Health Benefits

  • IKEA offers Platinum and Gold level PPO medical plans, vision (at no cost to full time co-workers), dental and prescription coverage to help co-workers and their families stay well. Co-workers who work an average of 20 hours or more weekly are eligible for medical benefits. (74% of IKEA US co-workers)

Work Life Balance

  • IKEA US offers generous Paid Time Off benefits.
    • Paid time off accrues based on co-workers’ length of service and how many hours they work. Co-workers at IKEA can accrue anywhere from up to 76 hours per year to 272 hours per year.
    • All co-workers accrue sick time based on their average amount of hours worked, up to 40 hours per year for full-time co-workers.
    • IKEA also offers bereavement leave, jury duty paid time off, and maternity/paternity leave for natural birth and adoption.
  • Currently, IKEA offers retail industry leading scheduling, providing schedules three weeks in advance, more than required by federal legislation.
    • IKEA US is conducting pilots in select markets to find ways to make scheduling even more predictable.
  • Once again, all IKEA US stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day so that co-workers can enjoy the day celebrating with family and friends.

Growth & Development

  • IKEA offers education assistance for associates, undergraduate, and graduate programs to support co-workers’ development.
  • Tuition discounts for IKEA co-workers are available at online universities.

For more information on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

For further information, please contact:
Mona Astra Liss, US Corporate 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 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 US. 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

SOURCE: Inter IKEA Systems B.V.

 

IKEA US raises awareness of important home safety; will only sell window blinds and coverings with no cords or non-accessible cords

Conshohocken, PA, 2015-10-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA US announces today that as of October 1, 2015, IKEA US stores will only sell window blinds and coverings with no cords or non-accessible cords. This announcement is part of the ongoing IKEA home safety program, Safer Homes Together, which focuses on educating customers about safety at home.

According to research by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, between 1996 and 2012, nearly one young child per month on average died from strangulation by window cords. These statistics make it evident that window blinds and coverings with exposed cords can be a hazard for young children.

“Product safety is the highest priority for IKEA, which is why we have been working to develop alternative solutions to exposed cords in window coverings. In 2012, IKEA made the commitment to only offer window blinds and coverings with no or non-accessible cords by January of 2016, and we’re pleased to be able to announce that we’ve met this commitment,” commented Heather Spatz, IKEA US Country Sales Manager. “IKEA is committed to working together with our customers to raise awareness of this important issue and to help families get the knowledge they need to ensure a safer everyday life at home.”

As of January 1, 2016, all IKEA stores globally will also offer only cordless blinds or window coverings.

In an effort to prevent any blind or window covering cord mishaps, IKEA reminds customers to check their window coverings to ensure that they do not pose a strangulation risk to young children. For more information about window covering safety and other important home safety information, please visit our website. Please also visit the CPSC Window Covering Information Center at http://cpsc.gov/en/Safety-Education-Centers/Window-Covering/

For further information, please contact:
Elizabeth Gray, APCO Worldwide, (646) 556-9316, egray@apcoworldwide.com

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 40 IKEA stores in the US. 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

IKEA US to again raise its minimum hourly wage in existing stores effective January 1, 2016

Conshohocken, PA, 2015-6-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA US announced today that it will again raise its minimum hourly wage in existing stores. Effective January 1, 2016, the average minimum hourly wage paid in IKEA US stores will increase from $10.76 to $11.87, a $1.11 or 10.3% increase. This is $4.62 above the current federal minimum wage.

In June 2014, IKEA US announced its new minimum wage structure, which bases minimum hourly wages on local living costs for co-workers. The basis for the local living costs is the MIT Living Wage Calculator, which takes into consideration housing, food, medical and transportation costs plus annual taxes.* This is a departure from determining wages based on the local competitive situation and is centered on the needs of the IKEA co-worker.

“IKEA not only seeks to understand life at home in order to offer our customers a great home furnishings offer, we also seek to understand our co-workers lives and needs in order to make IKEA a great place to work,” commented Lars Petersson, IKEA US President. “This latest wage increase is just the most recent in a series of investments grounded in our commitment to have a positive impact on our co-workers lives.”

Petersson continues, “This is not only the right thing to do for our co-workers, it’s also good for business. One year ago when we announced our new minimum wage structure based on local living conditions, we hoped it would contribute to reducing co-worker turnover. Now six months after the implementation, I am pleased to see that we are pacing to reduce co-worker turnover by 5 points in FY15.”

As a result of today’s announcement, 42 of 43 IKEA US retail locations will have an increase in their minimum wage and approximately 32% of IKEA US hourly retail co-workers will benefit from the change. As of January 2016, all five US distribution centers and all non-retail locations will also have minimum wages above the local living wage, and no co-worker will have a minimum hourly wage below $10.00.

In addition to investing in co-worker compensation, IKEA US is addressing co-workers’ feedback and needs by considering ways to deliver more full-time schedules and increased schedule predictability. Although IKEA US currently provides co-workers with their schedules three weeks in advance, the company is seeking ways to make scheduling even more predictable.

IKEA currently employs 15,000 co-workers in its 40 US stores, five distributions centers and three non-store locations. The company has announced new locations in St. Louis, Memphis, Columbus and Las Vegas.

* The rate used is a single person with no children. Based on the MIT Living Wage calculator http://livingwage.mit.edu. Rate applies no matter what the hours per week a co-worker works. ** According to an independent evaluation (Towers Watson BENEVAL)

Contact: Mona A. Liss, IKEA Corporate 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 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

The American Red Cross recognized IKEA US for its support of Red Cross disaster response work through the Disaster Responder Program

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

PHILADELPHIA, PA, 2015-5-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — The American Red Cross today recognized IKEA US, headquartered in Conshohocken, Pa., for its support of Red Cross disaster response work through the Disaster Responder Program.

The IKEA partnership with the Red Cross enables the organization to provide safety and comfort to families in communities after a disaster strikes. IKEA is supporting the Red Cross by delivering 4,300 IKEA comfort and care packages annually to IKEA U.S. local communities to help people impacted by disaster. These comfort care packages consist of everyday home items, such as: sheets, pillows, towels and toys to help families get back on their feet.

“We are incredibly grateful for the support of IKEA and other companies and foundations, which ensures that the Red Cross can immediately respond to the needs of people impacted by disaster in the United States,” said Judge Renee Hughes (ret.), Eastern Pennsylvania Region chief executive officer, “Members of this program generously help create a reliable funding base for disaster relief services, providing food, shelter, emotional support and other essential assistance to disaster victims.”

“IKEA is committed to creating a better life for its communities. We are proud to partner with the Red Cross to support efforts that focus on assisting disaster survivors during and after an emergency. We’re happy to know that IKEA products will help make their daily life easier and more comfortable,” said Evamay Lawson, IKEA US sustainability manager.

“The generous donations from Disaster Responder Program members help the Red Cross assist disaster survivors and support volunteers who work tirelessly at the disaster scene,” said Neal Litvack, American Red Cross chief development officer. “All money donated by the program members and by the general public is essential to our ability to fulfil the mission of the Red Cross.”

Other members of the Disaster Responder Program include major leading companies such as 1-800-BOARDUP; Alcoa; Astellas USA Foundation; AstraZeneca; AT&T; AvalonBay Communities, Inc.; AXA; Ball Foundation; Bi-Lo Holdings parent company of BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie: Carlson Rezidor Hotels; The Clorox Company; Delta Air Lines; Farmers Insurance; General Motors Foundation; H&M; Hewlett Packard Company Foundation; IKEA; Ingersoll Rand Foundation; Land O’Lakes, Inc.; Marsh & McLennan Companies; MetLife Foundation; Morgan Stanley; New Balance Foundation; Northrup Grumman Corporation; Northwestern Mutual and the Northwestern Mutual Foundation; Procter & Gamble Company; PSEG Foundation; PuroClean; Residence Inn by Marriott; Ryder; San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E); Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Foundation, Inc.; State Street; Swiss Re Foundation; T O Y O T A and U.S. Bank.

People can join the Disaster Responder Program members in supporting Red Cross Disaster Relief and help provide food, shelter, emotional support and other assistance to the victims of thousands of disasters across the country each year. Visit redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make a donation.

Contact: Mona Astra Liss, IKEA US Corporate Public Relations Director,~
Mona.Liss@IKEA.com 610.834.0180/ext. 5852

American Red Cross- Anthony Tornetta, Communications Director,
Anthony.Tornetta@redcross.org @atornetta @ARC_EasternPA (267)-246-4375

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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

IKEA US and American Forests video teaches children how important forests and planting trees are to cleaning the air and cooling the globe

Through Partnership with American Forests, the ‘IKEA Plant A Tree Program’ has helped to reduce CO2 pollution with customer support

Conshohocken, PA, 2015-4-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA US and American Forests want children to know just how important forests and planting trees are to cleaning the air and cooling the globe. So in keeping with this goal, a video has been created by American Forests, in partnership with IKEA US, for children to simply explain how forests and trees benefit all life on the planet, including wildlife, and help to slow or mediate climate change. This video will be shown in all IKEA store’s Smaland playrooms, designated areas for children’s play and learning.

The seven minute video, narrated by a 9-year-old girl, Bailey, takes children on a fun and educational journey showing how forests are both a great place to explore and are critical to keeping our planet healthy. IKEA and American Forests believe that reaching out to children at an early age and educating them on the importance of forests and trees will help to create a better future for us all.

Since 1998, IKEA US, in partnership with American Forests, has been dedicated to improving the lives of many people through its national in-store ‘Plant A Tree’ program, a campaign that asks customers to donate $1 to plant one tree. These contributions, together with money donated by IKEA, have resulted in the raising of over $2.4 million dollars to plant 2.4 million trees across America.

For example, the he Plant A Tree program recently planted 74,000 trees in the McNally Fire restoration in California; 15,000 trees in Arizona for the Warm Fire Restoration project; and over 100,000 trees in the Lower Rio Grande in Texas.An example of an urban planting with larger trees was in Asbury Park, New Jersey, where 172 trees were planted to restore some of the damage from superstorm Sandy and make the city more resilient in major weather events.

Why ‘Plant a Tree’ program?
Trees and forests are a crucial part of the Earth’s ecosystem. Trees are green machines that clean our air and water by absorbing pollution, providing oxygen and stabilizing the soil. The trees donated to American Forests are planted throughout the US in ecosystem restoration projects.

“We are dedicated to helping our children grow up in a planet that keeps them sustained and healthy. Working with American Forests, we are pleased to show this children’s video in our Smaland play area so that at an early age kids can understand and engage in our deep commitment to climate change and our quality of life by keeping the environment clean and green. Each tree makes a difference and 2.4 million trees planted will help to reduce CO2 pollution, and help restore America’s forests,” said Lisa Davis, IKEA US Sustainability Manager.

“Both IKEA and American Forests care about the planet and care about kids,” said Scott Steen, American Forests President and CEO. “This project combines these two priorities, teaching young people in a fun way about the wonders of trees and forests. We really couldn’t ask for a better partner to help us get the word out.”

CONTACT:
Mona Astra Liss, IKEA US Corporate PR Director, Mona.Liss@IKEA.com, 610.834.0180, ext. 5852
Lea Sloan, Vice President, Communications, American Forests
202-370-4509 | 202-330-3253 (cell) lsloan@americanforests.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 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 American Forests
American Forests’ mission is to restore threatened forest ecosystems and inspire people to value and protect urban and wildland forests. Since 1990, American Forests has completed work on more than 1000 projects throughout the U.S. and in 45 countries. As the oldest national conservation organization in the U.S., American Forests celebrates its 140th anniversary this year and is on track to plant its 50 millionth tree. Learn more at www.americanforests.org.

IKEA US to thank its over 14,000 co-workers twice this holiday season

IKEA contributes $2530 into every US full time co-worker’s Tack Retirement Fund – And also gives an UP™ Activity-Tracking Wristband

Conshohocken, PA, 2014-12-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — Over 14,000 IKEA co-workers found out this week that IKEA is thanking them twice this holiday season. For full time co-workers, a $2530* contribution has been made into their Tack retirement fund, and additionally each co-worker received an UP™ Activity-Tracking Wristband. It’s a double holiday surprise; one for a healthier today and the other for a better prepared tomorrow.

“We are now celebrating the first annual Tack allocation to our co-workers’ retirement fund. Tack – was inspired by founder, Ingvar Kamprad, who wanted to share the success of the IKEA Group with all IKEA co-workers. We believe that no matter what position our co-workers might have, each and every one is important and contributes to our continued growth,” commented Rob Olson, acting IKEA President and CFO. “And the Up activity-tracking wristband was our US thank you gift to help co-workers be fit today for a healthy tomorrow,” added Olson.

Last December, IKEA announced they were creating a new program called ‘Tack’ – Swedish for “thank you.” This program is designed to show appreciation and gratitude for co-workers’ loyalty and contribution to the success of IKEA with an annual contribution to an individual retirement plan – assuming that pre-agreed global targets are reached.

Tack started with an initial funding from the IKEA Group of $124 million ** (€100 million). For FY 14, the IKEA Group also invested an additional $124 million, which brings the current investment total to $248 million (€ 200 million).

Tack and the performance driven One IKEA Bonus program cover all IKEA Group co-workers. Together with the base salary, they form a strong compensation offer. In addition to Tack, IKEA offers an employer-matched contribution to a 401(k) plan; IKEA matches 100% of the first 4% of co-workers’ salary contributed, and 50% of the next 2%. And in January, IKEA US will implement a new minimum hourly wage structure, which will result in hourly increases for over 50 % of IKEA US co-workers.

The UP™ activity-tracking wristband is a system, wristband, and iPhone® app that tracks how you sleep, move and eat so you can know yourself better, make smarter choices, and feel your best. IKEA US has also gifted its coworkers in the past holiday seasons with a new bike, soda stream and other gifts throughout the years.

*The total Tack! funding is divided between all IKEA Group countries, based on each country’s proportion of the total salary and wages. For each completed full financial year of employment, an individual amount will be set aside for each co-worker as an allocation. After the completion of three consecutive financial years of employment the co-worker is qualified to receive the allocations as a contribution to the pension plan.

** Euro to dollar conversion 12/2 = $1.24 to euro

About IKEA
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. The IKEA Group currently has 315 stores in 27 countries. There are 40 IKEA stores in the United States. In FY14, the 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, visit IKEA-USA.com, facebook.com/IKEAUSA, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA, http://pinterest.com/IKEAUSA/, www.youtube.com/IKEAUSA, www.theshare-space.com, www.theshare-space.com/en/Blog

Contact: Mona Astra Liss ~ IKEA US Corporate PR Director
Mona.Liss@IKEA.com ~ 610.834.0180, ext. 5852

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IKEA US received score of 90 on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation

Recognition Honors Diverse IKEA US Co-worker Population

Conshohocken, PA, 2014-11-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA US is pleased to announce today it has received a score of 90 on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. This national benchmark survey reports on corporate policies and practices relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality.

The CEI IKEA ranking clearly demonstrates and measures the success of the IKEA Group’s values based on the principle that every co-worker can expect fair treatment and equal employment opportunities without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, disability, age or sexual orientation.

Here are some highlights of IKEA programs which benefit the LGBT community:

  • Starting in 1995, IKEA extends benefits coverage to spouses and domestic partners. These benefits include: health/medical, dental, vision, dependent coverage, COBRA, FMLA, bereavement, relocation/travel assistance, adoption benefits, employee discount, employee-assistance/work-life program
  • In 2010, IKEA further extends benefits to domestic partners for supplemental life insurance.
  • IKEA provides pre-tax benefits for same sex married couples. IKEA recognizes a license or certificate of marriage from any state or country which recognizes same sex marriages, no matter where they may live in the US.
  • IKEA iWay (Supplier Code of Conduct) states suppliers shall not discriminate with regard to workers based on race, religion, gender, marital or maternal status, age, political affiliation, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or any other basis.
  • IKEA has been active in media with LGBT ad messaging since 1993 when it ran a TV ad featuring a gay couple. In 2006, a TV ad featured a multi-cultural, two-dad family. In 2008, the “IKEA Muse” tells a lady to go out and meet the partner of her choice (male or female). And in 2014, the IKEA Home Tour broadcast showed a revamp of the space of a gay couple in the Bronx.

“IKEA is a company where diversity and inclusion are part of our everyday business. Every co-worker is valued and respected; and we meet our customers, develop our co-workers, and cooperate with our business partners with these values. We are very pleased we received the Corporate Equality Index score of 90. This shows our commitment to integrating diversity and inclusion into all of our business practices,” commented Jacqueline DeChamps, Head of IKEA US Human Resources.

“The Corporate Equality Index is the gold standard of LGBT inclusion in the workplace, and when companies take part it shows they are making a real commitment to treating their LGBT employees with equality and respect. No one should have to worry about being treated fairly on the job, especially on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity, and the CEI shows that, year after year, more and more companies are creating truly welcoming workplaces for all,” commented HRC President Chad Griffin. The 2015 CEI rated a total of 972 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT- related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community. For more information on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index, go to www.hrc.org/cei.

Contact: Mona A Liss, IKEA Corporate Public Relations 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 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 Human Rights Campaign
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.