Name of best practice
Swedish DIY Furniture store
(Type of entity implementing the initiative)
To create an inclusive environment that inspires LGBT+ co-workers to be themselves
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(youth LGBTI+, adult LGBTI+, schools, labour market)
Kind of intervention
5.Other: Inclusive benefits for LGBT+ co-workers and their families.
Medical plan coverage.
Specific training modules on LGBT+ inclusion.
LGBT+ engagement with community
To protect employees and customers from discrimination, not just because it is the right thing to do, but because it is also best for business
Description of the implementation
Staff benefits include: health/medical, dental, vision, bereavement, relocation/travel assistance, adoption, employee discount, supplemental life insurance and parental leave.
The IKEA U.S. medical plan covers a portion of gender confirmation counselling and surgery.
Training modules help enable all IKEA co-workers to become aware of their unconscious biases around sexual orientation and gender identity and learn how to take actions to reduce these biases.
Resources needed to implementation
Budget for the health plan and human resources for employee training.
Results of implementation
Achieved perfect score of 100 on Corporate Equality Index in 2019.
The willingness of companies to make a change in their policies
Set an example for other companies being a safe place where young LGBT people could work and promote
The absence willingness of companies to make a change in their policies
Opposition of traditional and far-right political organizations
Reference website of Best Practice Ikea: www.ikea.com/at/de/this-is-ikea/work-with-us/vielfalt-und-inklusion-pubaa0109a9
Link to video about testimonials from Ikea employees: www.youtube.com/watch?v=olN6mYXFkPE