Consumer Durables and Apparel

Corporate Bias Rating

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Rating - Danger
High Risk


IKEA is alleged to have fired an employee in Poland over his religious beliefs and opposition to advocating for LGBTQ issues. IKEA scored an 85 on the 2023 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a political stakeholder group. By complying with Human Rights Campaign’s controversial demands, IKEA increases the risk of dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. It also uses sex and gender ideology criteria in marketing and philanthropic support. IKEA forces employees to undergo multiple ideological trainings and uses its reputation, corporate funds, and political influence to support controversial sex and gender ideologies, organizations, and legislation. IKEA provides a benefits package for employees which covers travel/lodging costs for an abortion and transgender medical procedures for covered employees and dependents, including children. The company is a member of GARM and supports the Equality Act. IKEA signed an amicus brief in opposition to the 2016 North Carolina bathroom bill HB2, which required people to use the bathroom of their biological sex. The company is a signatory of the Gender & Diversity KPI Alliance. IKEA has donated to GLSEN and is a corporate partner of the HRC. The company opposed various state and local legislation intended to protect parental rights, girls’ sports, bathroom facilities, and gendered spaces. For these reasons, IKEA receives a High Risk rating.

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