IKEA is well known for its yellow and blue logo, ready-for-assembly furniture, and delicious Swedish meatballs. It has a passion for making everyday life better for people around the world and takes a lead in pushing for corporate responsibility around issues such as climate change and equality. As part of this effort, the company focuses on developing sustainable business practices through material selection, product design, and efficient operations, with many design and process improvements coming from store staff.
“We are not a top-down company. We encourage people to initiate change in the company,” explains Jesper Brodin, CEO of Ingka Group, which includes IKEA Retail, Ingka Centres, and Ingka Investments. “We strive to tap into our organizational intelligence and unleash the potential of our people to achieve our goals and values. We can’t bring all of our 166,000 coworkers together physically, but digital transformation has created new opportunities for us to bring people together and enable them to collaborate.”