Symbolizing the commitment IKEA Canada has to an inclusive environment
BURLINGTON, ON, May 17, 2019 /CNW/ - Today, IKEA Canada marks International Day Against Homophobia Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) by raising the pride flag together with co-workers from across the country. This symbolizes the commitment IKEA has to an inclusive work environment—one which stands up for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, and celebrates people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
"At IKEA, caring for people, diversity and inclusion are embedded in our vision and in our values," said Michael Ward, President IKEA Canada. "We strive to have a diverse and inclusive work environment where co-workers feel valued for their uniqueness, recognized for their diverse talents and where they can be themselves."
IDAHOT kicks off a summer filled with pride celebrations from coast-to-coast, and IKEA co-workers are set to march in pride parades across the country. Last year, over 400 co-workers marched in pride parades, celebrating the history, courage and diversity of the LGBT+ community.
IKEA is committed to creating a better everyday life for the people and communities that are touched by our business.
The following are just a few of the many initiatives that help make IKEA a diverse and inclusive workplace:
- We believe in a balanced working environment and know it's better for our co-workers, customers and our business. Globally, we have committed to a gender balanced workplace, and we're proud that today IKEA Canada is already there, with females representing 51% of our managers and 52% of our co-workers.
- We have launched a Refugee Employment Program in partnership with local employment agencies across the country. This program will see 250 refugees hired over three years.
- We support our LGBT+ co-workers' right to be themselves. IKEA Canada provides equal opportunities to develop and contribute to our business. We actively aim to create a fully inclusive work environment, contributing to a positive change in all areas of our business and society.
- We are a national partner of Pride at Work and a global partner of Workplace Pride.
ABOUT IKEA CANADA
IKEA Group is a leading home furnishing retailer with 357 stores in more than 29 countries worldwide, which are visited by 817 million people every year. IKEA Canada has 14 stores, an eCommerce virtual store, five Pick-up and order points and 17 Collection Points. Last year, IKEA Canada welcomed 30 million visitors to its stores and 104 million visitors to the IKEA.ca website. Founded in 1943, IKEA's business philosophy is to offer a wide range of products of good design and function at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them. For more information on IKEA Canada, please visit www.IKEA.ca.
SOURCE IKEA Canada
For further information: IKEA Canada: Stephanie Harnett, Corporate Public Relations Manager, 905-637-9440 ext. 6378, Stephanie.harnett@IKEA.com