Culture and Values

As IKEA co-workers, the IKEA vision – to create a better everyday life for the many people – is our greatest motivator.

We share a business idea: to offer 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.

The IKEA culture and values shape everything we do. Our enthusiasm, togetherness and willpower stem from our roots in southern Sweden and are inspired by the IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad. In all units around the world you meet colleagues who share the same beliefs.

Over the years we have learned that acting according to the IKEA values not only brings us together – no matter what age, race or part of the world we live in – it helps us to do business successfully.

The IKEA values are:

Togetherness
Togetherness is at the heart of the IKEA culture. We are strong when we trust each other, pull in the same direction and have fun together.

Caring for people and planet
We want to be a force for positive change. We have the possibility to make a significant and lasting impact - today and for the generations to come.

Cost-consciousness
As many people as possible should be able to afford a beautiful and functional home. We constantly challenge ourselves and others to make more from less without compromising on quality.

Simplicity
A simple, straightforward and down-to-earth way of being is part of our Småland heritage. It is about being ourselves and staying close to reality. We are informal, pragmatic and see bureaucracy as our biggest enemy.

Renew and improve
We are constantly looking for new and better ways forward.  Whatever we are doing today, we can do better tomorrow. Finding solutions to almost impossible challenges is part of our success and a source of inspiration to move on to the next challenge. 

Different with a meaning
We like to question existing solutions, think in unconventional ways, experiment and dare to make mistakes - always for a good reason.

Give and take responsibility
We believe in empowering people. Giving and taking responsibility are ways to grow and develop as individuals. Trusting each other, being positive and forward-looking inspire everyone to contribute to development.

Lead by example
We see leadership as an action, not a position. We look for people’s values before competence and experience. People who ‘walk the talk’ and lead by example. It is about being our best self and bringing out the best in each other.