H&M Foundation and UNICEF launch new initiative to make early childhood development programmes more accessible to children with disabilities

H&M Foundation and UNICEF launch new initiative to make early childhood development programmes more accessible to children with disabilities

 

H&M Foundation and UNICEF have launched a new partnership to support young children, in particular those with disabilities. The initiative is worth SEK 30 million (USD 3.7 million) and one aim is to reach more than 9,000 young children with disabilities and their family members with specialized early childhood development services over the next three years.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2017-Nov-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — During the earliest years of life, love, good nutrition, protection, and stimulating activities such as play, singing and early learning give young children the best possible chance of reaching healthy brain development. Yet, millions of young children around the world, in particular those with disabilities, are deprived of these critical experiences and are growing up in unsafe and unstimulating environments.

“When the brains and bodies of young children are protected from violence and pollution, stimulated through love, play and early learning activities, and nurtured with responsive caregiving and nutritious food, they have the best possible chance of developing fully, learning effectively, and contributing to their economies and societies when they reach adulthood,” says Pia Britto, UNICEF Chief of Early Childhood Development.

The initiative aims to scale up existing UNICEF early childhood development programmes in Bulgaria, Peru and Uganda to make them more accessible and tailored to the needs of children with disabilities and their families. Around 20,000 family members and caregivers will be reached with support to help them provide young children with the good nutrition, stimulation and protection they need through health, education and social services.

“Through our new partnership with UNICEF, we hope to transform the lives and futures of thousands of young children with disabilities. We hope this initiative inspires the private sector to invest in children’s early years – helping them reach their full health, happiness, wellbeing and learning ability, says Diana Amini, Global Manager at H&M Foundation.

The support provided to UNICEF’s early childhood development programmes through the partnership will help better assess babies and young children for disabilities and developmental delays, improving their chance of receiving specialised early childhood development care at the earliest opportunity. Creating a more inclusive support system aims to reduce discrimination that young children with disabilities may face.

“UNICEF is grateful to H&M Foundation for its commitment to helping provide life-changing support to young children, in particular those with disabilities.”

Pia Britto, UNICEF

Giving young children with disabilities the best chance of reaching their optimal development also helps considerably reduce the costs of special education, unemployment and institutionalization.

This initiative is the newest in a longstanding partnership between H&M Foundation and UNICEF, who have collaborated since 2014 to provide quality education and early learning opportunities for the most vulnerable children.

ABOUT H&M FOUNDATION

The H&M Foundation is a non-profit global foundation, privately funded by the Stefan Persson family, founders and main owners of H&M group. Its mission is to drive long lasting, positive change and improve living conditions by investing in people, communities and innovative ideas. Through partnerships with organizations around the globe, the H&M Foundation drives change within four focus areas; Education, Water, Equality and Planet. In addition to this, the Foundation can also provide emergency relief. Since 2013, the Stefan Persson family has donated 1.3 billion Swedish krona ($177 million/€144 million) to the H&M Foundation. Visit hmfoundation.com and follow @hmfoundation on Facebook and Instagram.

ABOUT UNICEF

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone. For more information about UNICEF and its work for children visit unicef.org. Follow UNICEF on Twitter and Facebook.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Malin Björne
PR & Communications Manager, H&M Foundation
+46 70 796 39 75
malin.bjorne@hmfoundation.com

Ingeborg Ekblom
Public Relations Officer, UNICEF Sweden
+46 70 9955916
ingeborg.ekblom@unicef.se

Source: H&M

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The Container Store® announces partnership with U.S. Fund for UNICEF during “Get Your Life Together” summer sale campaign

Retailer accepting donations in-store and online to help raise funds for UNICEF’s education programs for children around the world

DALLAS, 2016-Jul-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Container Store® (NYSE:TCS), the nation’s leading retailer of storage and organization products, today announced the launch of its partnership with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF during the retailer’s “Get Your Life Together” summer sale campaign. Between now and September 5th, The Container Store customers can make a monetary donation in-store or online, with the goal of raising $250,000 to support UNICEF’s work to ensure that no matter where they live, every child has access to a quality education.

“We are proud to partner with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF during this time of year when organizing busy family lives and preparing children for back-to-school is on our customers’ minds,” said Melissa Reiff, CEO, The Container Store. “We know that a quality education is perhaps a child’s strongest barrier against poverty and every donation counts to help make an impact on a child’s school experience. We look forward to teaming up with our wonderful customers to help improve the lives of children around the world during our summer sale campaign.”

According to UNICEF:

  • Just $1 can provide 8 children with pencils and notebooks.
  • $6 can provide self-learning materials for a child who can’t attend school because it’s unsafe.
  • $20 can provide a double-sided chalkboard, two dusters and 100 chalk sticks.
  • $209 can buy a School-in-a-Box for 40 students to carry on classes during an emergency.

“As families in the United States prepare to send their children back to school in the Fall, we urge them to keep in mind the 124 million children and adolescents around the world who have never had the chance to attend school or who have been forced to drop out,” said Caryl M. Stern, president & CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. “We are grateful to The Container Store team for their commitment to help UNICEF support every child’s right to learn and reach their full potential.”

To promote the “Get Your Life Together” summer sale campaign and partnership in support of UNICEF, The Container Store will include messaging throughout its campaign communications, which includes direct mail, customer emails, social media and online marketing. For more information about The Container Store and UNICEF’s partnership, visit The Container Store’s culture blog whatwestandfor.com/unicef.

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.

About The Container Store

The Container Store (NYSE: TCS) is the nation’s leading retailer of storage and organization products and the only retailer solely devoted to the category. The company originated the concept of storage and organization of retailing when it opened its first store in 1978. Today, the retailer has 80 store locations nationwide that each average 25,000 square feet. The Container Store has over 11,000 products – many of them multifunctional – to help customers save space and, ultimately, save them time. Since its inception, the retailer has nurtured an employee-first culture and couples its one-of-a-kind product collection with a high level of customer service delivered by its highly trained organization experts. The Company has been named to FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Best Companies To Work For® 17 years in a row. Visit www.containerstore.com for more information about store locations, the product collection and services offered and the retailer’s new lifestyle blog, Container Stories (containerstore.com/blog). To find out more about The Container Store’s unique culture, Foundation Principles and devotion to Conscious Capitalism, visit the retailer’s culture blog at www.whatwestandfor.com or read Chairman & co-founder Kip Tindell’s book UNCONTAINABLE: How Passion, Commitment, and Conscious Capitalism Built a Business Where Everyone Thrives (available at The Container Store, www.uncontainable.com and anywhere books are sold).

Contact:

Casey Shilling
972-538-6621
PR@containerstore.com

Source: The Container Store

H&M Conscious Foundation 2015 Gift Card Holiday campaign raised €4,9 million; donation will go to UNICEF to support vulnerable children in Myanmar

The Gift Card Holiday campaign 2015 is now completed and thanks to our customers, the donation amounted to a total of €4,9 million! This donation from the H&M Conscious Foundation will go to a program run by UNICEF and will benefit 480,000 marginalized and vulnerable children, aged 5-14 in Myanmar. These children will get increased access to school and improved quality of education.

Stockhol, Sweden, 2016-Feb-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — “This fantastic result would never have been achieved without the substantial engagement of H&M customers! Through a simple mean; the purchase of a gift card, we will be able to give 480,000 vulnerable children a better future. It shows that small means certainly can take you far!”, says Diana Amini, Global Manager of H&M Conscious Foundation.

The program includes children in formal schooling, children living in camps for internally displaced people and children who will be reached through non-formal education initiatives. UNICEF will work on multiple levels to influence changes in policy, in education management and in schools and communities. Children, parents, teachers, head masters and policy makers will be involved in creating better schools for children.

GLOBAL MEDIA ENQUIRIES
Only press enquiries
Phone: +46 8 796 53 00
Email: mediarelations@hm.com

All other enquiries
H&M switchboard +46 8 796 55 00
Email info@hm.com

Head of Communications
Kristina Stenvinkel
+46 8 796 39 08

Head of Media Relations
Camilla Emilsson Falk
+46 8 796 39 95

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H&M Conscious Foundation 2015 Gift Card Holiday campaign raised €4,9 million; donation will go to UNICEF to support vulnerable children in Myanmar

H&M Conscious Foundation 2015 Gift Card Holiday campaign raised €4,9 million; donation will go to UNICEF to support vulnerable children in Myanmar

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.

H&M Conscious Foundation will donate 5% of the total amount of each gift card purchased at H&M to UNICEF

This year’s holiday campaign at H&M will have a giving theme, where customers will be able to contribute. For every purchased gift card at H&M, the H&M Conscious Foundation will donate 5% of the total gift card amount to UNICEF. The donation will provide vulnerable children in Myanmar with quality education.

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN,  2015-11-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — Only 64% of children aged 5-17 years are attending school in Myanmar, leaving more than 1 million children behind. Through a new program, which will be initiated by UNICEF and the H&M Conscious Foundation, children aged 5-14 will benefit from increased access to school and an improved quality of education. H&M’s customers are offered an easy way to contribute to UNICEF’s work by buying gift cards at H&M during the holiday season.

“There is an urgent need to improve access and quality of basic education for vulnerable children in Myanmar. H&M Conscious Foundation are happy to support this program with UNICEF that will reach more than 350,000 children with improved primary and lower secondary school education in the Rakhine State in Myanmar, says Charlotte Brunnström, Program Manager for Education at the H&M Conscious Foundation.

The program includes children in formal schooling, children living in camps for internally displaced people and children who will be reached through non-formal education initiatives. UNICEF will work on multiple levels to influence changes in policy, in education management and in schools and communities. Children, parents, teachers, head masters and policy makers will be involved in creating better schools for children.

GLOBAL MEDIA ENQUIRIES
Only press enquiries
Phone: +46 8 796 53 00
Email: mediarelations@hm.com

All other enquiries
H&M switchboard +46 8 796 55 00
Email info@hm.com

Head of Communications
Kristina Stenvinkel
+46 8 796 39 08

Head of Media Relations
Camilla Emilsson Falk
+46 8 796 39 95

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H&M Conscious Foundation will donate 5% of the total amount of each gift card purchased at H&M to UNICEF

H&M Conscious Foundation will donate 5% of the total amount of each gift card purchased at H&M to UNICEF

Kingfisher donates £50,000 to UNICEF’s ‘Syria Children’s emergency appeal’

Westminster, UK, 2015-9-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kingfisher, the international home improvement company, has today donated £50,000 to UNICEF’s ‘Syria Children’s emergency appeal’ to support their vital work to save and protect Syrian Children.

Kingfisher believes that homes are central to people’s lives and with almost two million Syrian children having been forced to flee their homes, the company has made the donation on behalf of all its retail brands; B&Q, Screwfix, Castorama, Brico Dépôt and Koçtaş.

UNICEF’s mission is to reach every child in danger and is working across the globe to support the survival and development of children on the move. It is one of the few organisations working inside Syria and delivering vital aid to children and families in the surrounding regions. At least a quarter of those seeking refuge in Europe are children, with more than 100,000 of them claiming asylum in the first half of this year. By far the largest number of those refugees right now are from Syria.

About UNICEF
To read more about UNICEF’s aid work for children in danger and it’s Syria Children’s appeal, please go to www.unicef.org.uk

About Kingfisher
Kingfisher plc operates over 1,200 stores in 10 countries across Europe. Its main retail brands are B&Q Castorama, Brico Dépôt and Screwfix. Kingfisher also operates the Koçtaş brand, a 50% joint venture in Turkey with the Koç Group.

EROSKI arranca una campaña para recaudar fondos para proyectos de UNICEF ante la crisis de Siria

  • Los clientes podrán sumar su donación a los fondos aportados por la Fundación EROSKI con un objetivo de donación en torno a los 75.000 euros
  • Los fondos recaudados irán destinados a proteger los derechos de los niños y niñas afectadas por el conflicto de Siria, proporcionando suministros de emergencia, agua potable, servicios de salud, educación y protección

 

Elorrio, España, 2015-9-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — EROSKI pone en marcha hoy en todos sus supermercados, hipermercados y gasolineras una campaña para recaudar fondos para proyectos desarrollados por UNICEF ante la crisis de Siria. En sus establecimientos los clientes podrán realizar un donativo voluntario para ayudar a cubrir las necesidades básicas de la población infantil afectada que necesita ayuda urgente.

Las tiendas EROSKI exhiben desde hoy carteles de la campaña que apelan a la solidaridad de los consumidores para que realicen una donación voluntaria a su paso por cajas. Asimismo, se pueden realizar aportaciones a través de la plataforma online de donaciones: “Refugiados: necesitan tu ayuda”.

“Desde EROSKI siempre hemos respondido ante los casos de emergencia lanzados desde las agencias de Naciones Unidas (ONU) como UNICEF. Estamos seguros de que, una vez más, los consumidores responderán comprometidamente ante este llamamiento”, ha declarado Alejandro Martínez Berriochoa, director de Responsabilidad Social de EROSKI.

La campaña espera lograr una donación en torno a 75.000 euros que irán destinados íntegramente a UNICEF. “EROSKI es un aliado clave de UNICEF en emergencias y crisis humanitarias. Acciones como esta campaña son muy importantes para llegar a donde hace más falta, y de la manera más rápida posible. Nuestra misión es proteger los derechos de la infancia más vulnerable por encima de todo, y solos no podemos” ha señalado Carlos Epalza, Patrono UNICEF Comité Español y Presidente del Comité País Vasco.

Desde sus orígenes, EROSKI desarrolla múltiples iniciativas de acción social, principalmente relacionadas con la promoción de los hábitos de vida saludables, la formación al consumidor, la defensa del medio ambiente y la solidaridad. Fruto de su constante compromiso social, EROSKI lleva 13 años apoyando a UNICEF para que miles de niños y niñas tengan derecho a una vida mejor en todo el mundo.

EROSKI y Fundación EROSKI, junto a sus clientes, han realizado donaciones en torno al medio millón de euros durante las últimas campañas solidarias activadas para causas humanitarias en destinos como Haití (2010), Lorca – Murcia (2011), Filipinas (2013), Nepal (2015) y en esta ocasión, la crisis de Siria.

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EROSKI arranca una campaña para recaudar fondos para proyectos de UNICEF ante la crisis de Siria

EROSKI arranca una campaña para recaudar fondos para proyectos de UNICEF ante la crisis de Siria

The IKEA Soft Toys for Education campaign is back, from November 9, 2014 – January 3, 2014

Conshohocken, PA, 2014-11-4— /EPR Retail News/ — The IKEA Soft Toys for Education campaign, a good cause partnership between the IKEA Foundation, UNICEF and Save the Children, was first launched eleven years ago.

The idea is simple; for every Soft Toy or children’s book sold from November 9, 2014 – January 3, 2014, the IKEA Foundation donates 1 euro (approximately $1.30)* to UNICEF and Save the Children for children’s education projects.

The Soft Toys for Education campaign aims to provide quality education to vulnerable children living in poverty in developing countries. Since the campaign started, donations from the annual IKEA Soft Toy Campaign have totaled $ 90.4 million** (€67 million), helping more than 11 million children in 46 countries enjoy their right to a quality education. The donations help UNICEF and Save the Children train teachers in child-friendly teaching methods, improve child protection systems, supply education materials, and increase school attendance rates.

A love for reading opens the door to education, which is why, every year, IKEA creates a children’s book based on IKEA soft toy characters as part of the annual Soft Toys for Education Campaign. In this year’s book, “The Frog Prince,” young readers visit the fairy-tale forest and learn about the special bonds of friendship. The book is written by award-winning Swedish author Ulf Stark and illustrated by Silke Leffler. This year’s new soft toy friends from The Frog Prince fairy tale world are:TOSIG: the silly frog

  • LILLGAMMAL: the red-hooded rebel
  • PIPHARE: the wise hare
  • KATTUGGLA: the sweet owl

Supporting Education—Together

“Save the Children is privileged to be a part of the 11th annual IKEA Soft Toys for Education campaign. By adding a children’s book or soft toy to their holiday gift list, IKEA shoppers can help the kids in their own life – and kids around the world – read, play and learn,” said Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children. “A quality education helps children climb the ladder of opportunity and changes the course of their future.”

“We are so proud to team up with IKEA for the 11th year on their Soft Toys for Education campaign. By donating $1.30* from the sale of each soft toy, IKEA has helped raise more than $90 million to support education programs around the world including UNICEF’s Schools for Africa and Asia initiatives,” said Caryl Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. “The unwavering support from IKEA co-workers and customers has helped enable UNICEF to provide millions of vulnerable children, especially girls, with access to school and a quality education.”

“Investing in children’s education is the most powerful way to help them escape poverty. Through IKEA’s Soft Toys for Education campaign, we have been able to improve the education of more than 11 million children through our partnership with Save the Children and UNICEF. Access to a quality education is key to help them create a better future for themselves and their families,” commented Per Heggenes, CEO IKEA Foundation.

*based on $1.30 US dollar to one euro 10/2014
** based on $1.35 US dollar to one euro in 12/2013

For further information about the IKEA Soft Toy campaign, please contact:
IKEA
Mona Astra Liss
Mona.Liss@IKEA.com 610.834.0180/5852

Save the Children
Eileen Burke
Eburke@savechildren.org
203.216.0718

UNICEF
Andrea Sioris
ASioris@unicefusa.org
212-880-9136

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 303 IKEA Group stores in 26 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 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/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 save and improve children’s lives, 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 ZERO children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood. For more information, please visit www.unicefusa.org. Find us on Twitter: @unicefusa; join us on Facebook: UNICEF-USA.

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H&M Chairman Stefan Persson presented with ”Humanitarian of the Year” award by the United Nations Association of New York

Stefan Persson and H&M contribute to gender equality and the empowerment of women. This is acknowledged by the United Nations Association of New York (UNA-NY) that presents Stefan Persson, Chairman of H&M, the ”Humanitarian of the Year” award.

Stockholm, Sweden, 2014-11-4— /EPR Retail News/ — The leadership and dedication of Stefan Persson to gender equality and the empowerment of women make him an inspiration to all of us and a worthy recipient of our annual award, says Abid Qureshi, president of the UNA-NY.

“Empowering Women, Promoting Peace and Progress” is the theme of this years’ award which will be presented in New York on October 29 at the annual ceremony celebrating the founding of the United Nations. Each year the UNA-NY considers individuals who have accomplished important strides in achieving the Millennium Development Goals, including the issue of gender equality.

The UNA-NY recognizes H&M’s long-term sustainability work in Asia well as the contribution to international trade creating more than a million jobs in the textile industry, not least for women. The importance of collaborations between the Conscious Foundation and organizations such as CARE, UNICEF and WaterAid is acknowledged as well as the fact that gender equality has been H&M’s mission since its founding in 1947.

– Empowering women connects directly with the core values of H&M and who we are as a company. We know that the majority of the people employed by H&M’s suppliers in the textile industry are women and that a paid job with a stable income is a first step towards an independent life, says Stefan Persson.

About The United Nations Association of New York
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Tesco takes the lead to improve opportunities and reduce vulnerability to trafficking and exploitation of young people in Indian tea communities

Cheshunt, England, 2014-9-26— /EPR Retail News/ — A groundbreaking new partnership to improve opportunities for young people in Indian tea communities and reduce their vulnerability to trafficking and exploitation has been announced today by UNICEF and the Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP).

The 3-year programme, supported and funded by IDH the Sustainable Trade Initiative; ETP members, Tesco, OTG (Meßmer), Tata Global Beverages (Tetley, Tata Tea), and Taylors of Harrogate (Yorkshire Tea); and Typhoo, will initially work with 350 communities on over 100 estates in three districts in the Indian state of Assam, and has the potential to serve as a model to protect children across other rural communities.

UK supermarket Tesco has played a leading role in bringing together the coalition of organisations behind the programme as part of its ongoing commitment to improve conditions across its supply chains. Tesco is the first international retailer to partner with ETP.

The partnership is the first of its kind to bring together all key stakeholders in the tea industry – public and private organisations and the supply chain – to tackle the problem of child exploitation across the sector.

Sarah Roberts, Executive Director of the ETP, said:

“We want to create a thriving future for everyone involved in tea by tackling the root causes of social and environmental problems. UNICEF’s expertise will help the tea industry to build a better future for tens of thousands of children in communities growing some of the world’s favourite tea, by improving their knowledge and skills and reducing their vulnerability to violence, abuse, and exploitation. Problems such as these can’t be tackled by any one organisation on their own and we are delighted to be part of such a strong coalition”

Child protection issues are a huge challenge in India, especially in rural areas including those that grow and produce tea. More than 80 million children a year – 41% of the child population leave school without completing eight years of education. In addition 43% of girls are married before they are 18.

The exploitation and abuse of children in these communities is exacerbated by poverty, gender, caste, and a lack of education. These problems are common in the tea communities of Assam, one of the world’s most important tea growing areas whose leaves are used in almost every tea blend. A sixth of the state’s population live in these communities and they are among its most marginalised people.

In order to protect and improve the lives of children living on these tea estates, multi-stakeholder partnerships and a cross industry approach that address child exploitation are required.

UNICEF UK Executive Director David Bull said:

“Children growing up in Assam’s rural tea communities face huge problems, especially girls. Many leave school early and child marriage is common. They are vulnerable to a range of threats including trafficking, exploitative and bonded labour, and physical and sexual abuse. But we can make a difference by empowering young people and strengthening child protection systems.

“This programme is backed by retailers, world-famous tea brands and growers, and shows the tea industry’s determination to play its part in solving these problems. We are hugely inspired that the tea community is looking at these issues through the eyes of a child and we hope it will encourage other industries to take similar action.

“The Indian Government passed its flagship Integrated Child Protection Scheme in 2009, which intends to create and strengthen child protection structures across the state down to village level. The scheme was passed after a decade of advocacy from UNICEF and will support all levels of the Assam government to implement the law and its focus will form the building blocks of this partnership.”

Tea communities’ knowledge of child protection will be increased through a range of work using existing structures such as village organisations and tea estates’, welfare officers and mother clubs, to help make sure that everyone understands why it is important to protect children and how they can keep them safe.

Joost Oorthuizen, Chief Executive of IDH, said:

“IDH is heavily engaged in efforts to improve sustainability in the Indian tea sector through the trustea programme, led and supported by the Tea Board of India. We applaud the cooperation of the tea industry with UNICEF to mitigate the issue of child trafficking in Assam and are pleased to be instrumental in bringing together the different activities required to deal effectively with such a difficult issue.”

Giles Bolton, Responsible Sourcing Director for Tesco said:

“The tea industry is important to Assam, and we all have a responsibility to ensure that the shocking cases of child trafficking and exploitation in some of these communities are ended.

“As a large retailer we can use our scale to help make a real difference.  We’re really pleased to be supporting this programme and to be working with a range of expert partners to ensure young people, particularly girls and their families in Assam are better able to protect themselves and have a secure future.”

Notes to Editors

The three-year Assam programme will target families in 350 communities linked to 100 tea estates, and will specifically:

  • Equip more than 25,000 girls with the knowledge and “life skills” that will help them secure a better future and reduce their vulnerability to violence, abuse and exploitation.
  • Give more than 10,000 community members the knowledge and training to protect children from all forms of violence, abuse and exploitation.
  • Make families in each community aware of children’s rights and the support they can call on to help educate and protect their children.
  • Work with state and district government to improve the quality of education and the effectiveness of child protection policies to help make a sustainable difference to the lives of children now and in many years to come.

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