Dezeen: IKEA Hires Refugees to Make Goods in Jordan as Part of Sustainable Employment Initiative

The retailer’s long-term goal is to take 200,000 people out of poverty.

IKEA is kicking off a social sustainability campaign this summer by employing refugees at production centers in Jordan. The move is part of a long-term plan to ultimately provide jobs for 200,000 disadvantaged people around the world through entrepreneurship programs.

According to Dezeen, IKEA’s production centers in Jordan should be operational by August. They’re set to employ Syrian refugees in addition to Jordanians. They’ll be tasked with creating woven products including rugs, cushions and bedspreads.

Jesper Brodin, IKEA’s head of range and supply, told Dezeen in an interview, “Two hundred thousand is out long-term ambition. It may take 10-15 years. We want these people to be our future suppliers.” He later continued, “We offer a business model, learning opportunities, simple skills around how to plan production and set yourself up for export. Those things are part of the package.”

In order to make its employment initiative a success, IKEA is partnering with the non-governmental group Jordan River Foundation, who will oversee the facilities. The production centers will start by employing 100 people, with plans to boost that number to 400 over the course of the next two years.

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