To augment philanthropic activities in India, IKEA Foundation is assigning 25 million euros this year for child labour prevention and women empowerment activities.
New Delhi: The Swedish furniture retailer, IKEA’s philanthropic division, IKEA Foundation, is giving out 25 million euros in 2015 to augment the organisation’s activities in India. The huge allocation is for preventing child labour and women empowerment through its partners.
"We started with a couple of million euros of allocation for India. Today, our activities have scaled up and we have earmarked 25 million euros for India this year," IKEA Foundation Head of Communications and Strategic Planning Jonathan Spampinato told PTI.
The foundation started its activities 15 years ago in Uttar Pradesh. This year it has already crossed its target of helping 100 million children globally. It has already reached 178 million with over 100 million in India alone.
The number of partners assisting the organisation has grown to a dozen. It had started with just two by supporting Unicef and Save the Children to prevent child labour in the cotton supply chain. Today, IKEA Foundation’s activities are spread in 19 states across India.
"Our main focus has been on how to increase the number of kids in schools and reduce child labour. We tried to address root causes of child labour and address issues related to their education, health, home and providing opportunities to increase family income," Spampinato said.
"Today, we are also focusing on women empowerment. The other areas we are also looking is skill development and programmes for adolescent girls," he said.
IKEA, the main company, has also announced plans of investing Rs 12,500 crore to set up 25 stores in India over the next decade. Currently, work is on to set up stores in metro cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Bangalore in the initial phase. Last September, another initiative 'Make More in India' was announced by the company aiming for 630 million euro by 2020.
IKEA Foundation has set up a long-term focus and is in the process of increasing the number of its partners in India in future.
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