Ten IKEA U.S. Co-Workers Return From IWitness Ambassador Trips Here and Abroad

CONSHOHOCKEN, PA–(Marketwired – June 13, 2016) – IKEA U.S. announced today that ten IKEA U.S. co-workers have returned from their IWitness Ambassador trips; five went to Cambodia to visit and experience the IKEA Foundation funded ‘Soft Toys for Education’ programs managed by Save the Children and five others visited the IKEA Group Wind Farm in Cameron County, Texas.

The Cambodia trip was a meaningful experience for co-workers to learn more about the IKEA Foundation’s ‘Soft Toys for Education’ campaign. Since 2003, this program has contributed $97.7 million (EUR88 million) to Save the Children and UNICEF, helping to increase school attendance for some of the world’s most marginalized and vulnerable children. Funds have also helped train teachers, provide educational materials and improve child-protection systems in schools and communities.

The trip to Cameron County, Texas was arranged to view the Cameron wind farm. For background, in November 2015, The IKEA Group purchased its second wind farm in the United States from Apex Clean Energy: a 165-megawatt wind farm in Cameron County, Texas. This represents the single largest renewable energy investment made by the IKEA Group globally to date. The wind farm will contribute significantly to the IKEA Group 2020 goal of producing as much renewable energy as the total energy the company consumes globally. The Cameron wind farm is now fully operational.

The IKEA IWitness Ambassador Program supports understanding how improving opportunities for children and their families has great value. Each year, IKEA U.S. co-workers travel around the world to witness first-hand what a difference IKEA support makes in the lives of children and refugees. On a national level, IKEA co-workers experience IKEA U.S. environmental programs. These ‘IWitness Ambassador’ co-workers are selected based on their video and personal applications that include their experience and interest in social and environmental programs.