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IKEA Pauses Operations In Russia And Belarus

IKEA Russia

The devastating war in Ukraine is a human tragedy and our deepest empathy and concerns are with the millions of people impacted. The immediate actions of Inter IKEA Group and Ingka Group have been to support the personal safety and security of IKEA co-workers and their families, and we will continue to do so.

The war has a huge human impact already. It is also resulting in serious disruptions to supply chain and trading conditions. For all of these reasons, the company groups have decided to temporarily pause IKEA operations in Russia.

This means that: 

  • Inter IKEA Group has taken the decision to pause all export and import  in and out of Russia and Belarus.

  • Inter IKEA Group has taken the decision to pause all IKEA Industry production operations in Russia. This also means that all deliveries from all sub-suppliers to these units are paused.    

  • Ingka Group has taken the decision to pause all IKEA Retail operations in Russia, while the shopping centres, MEGA, will continue to be open to ensure that many people in Russia have access to their daily needs and essentials such as food, groceries, and pharmacies.

These decisions have a direct impact on 15 000 IKEA co-workers. The ambitions of the company groups are long term and we have secured employment and income stability for the immediate future and provide support to them and their families in the region.

Several initiatives have already started throughout IKEA, together with established humanitarian organisations, to support the affected people with emergency relief in the most needed regions.  

IKEA Foundation, funded by Ingka Foundation, has today announced an immediate donation of €20 million for humanitarian assistance to those who have been forcibly displaced as a result of the conflict in Ukraine. This is in response to an emergency appeal from UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, to scale up its assistance and protection to people affected by the conflict in Ukraine.  

In addition, Inter IKEA Group and Ingka Group are initially granting €10 million each to provide support in products and other assistance to UNHCR, Save the Children and other organisations working in the local markets.  

The situation is extremely critical and fast moving. The company groups are dedicated to navigate in this reality with the best interests of people as the highest priority.

Source : IKEA

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04 March 2022

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