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)

Adult LGBTI+


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:

Link to video about testimonials from Ikea employees: