IKEA will be employing Syrian refugees at production centers in Jordan this summer. This comes as part of its IKEA’s to create employment for 200,000 disadvantaged people across the globe through social entrepreneurship programs.
The production centers in Jordan are expected to become operational by August and will be employing Syrians and Jordanians for the production of woven products like cushions, rugs and bedspreads. These facilities will be managed by Jordan River Foundation in partnership with the Swedish furniture giant.
The initiative of helping disadvantaged people is already up and running with 2,000 people being already employed in different parts of the world.
Programs for employing immigrant women in Sweden and female entrepreneurs in India are part of this initiative and are already in practice.
IKEA’s head of range and supply Jesper Brodin said that employing 200,000 people is a long term ambition and it might take 10-15 years to achieve. IKEA will work with social entrepreneurs and provide employment while ensuring standards for working conditions as well as production quality. In the next few weeks, a team of designers will go to Jordan to define the types of products that could be produced under this initiative.