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Global Child Forum awarded IKEA Foundation grant


PRESS RELEASE: Global Child Forum awarded IKEA Foundation grant, reinforcing support for children’s rights in business

STOCKHOLM, 1 April 2018

Global Child Forum is the proud recipient of an IKEA Foundation grant totalling 38.5 million SEK, fortifying the organization’s efforts to ensure that children’s rights are supported and advanced among the corporate sector.

Global Child Forum brings together thought leaders and influencers from business, civil society, academia and governments, to accelerates action for social change around children’s rights. The organization primarily works with businesses around the world, encouraging them to use their power and influence to protect and promote children’s rights. The four-year IKEA Foundation grant is a renewal of a relationship initiated in 2013, underscoring IKEA Foundations’ conviction in Global Child Forum’s work and impact.

“The private sector has an important role to play in fostering solutions to some of the most pressing challenges facing children,” says Ulrika Nilsson, Global Child Forum’s Managing Director.  “Thanks to this grant and the IKEA Foundation, we will be able to continue to create the information, knowledge and data needed by the private sector to take action and bring children’s rights into the heart of their operations and communities”

IKEA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of IKEA, works to create substantial and lasting change by funding holistic, long-term programmes in some of the world’s poorest communities that address children’s fundamental needs.

“We believe that all children have the right to a healthy childhood, a quality education and a safe place to call home. That is why the IKEA Foundation is proud to support Global Child Forum to help kids be kids,” says Per Heggenes, IKEA Foundation CEO.

About Global Child Forum

Founded in 2009 by the Swedish Royal Family, Global Child Forum is a leading forum for children’s rights and business dedicated to innovative thinking, knowledge-sharing and networking. Global Child Forum believes in the power and responsibility of business, working in partnership with all parts of society, to create a prosperous, sustainable and just society for the world’s children. In addition to forums, Global Child Forum delivers research perspectives, best practices and risk assessment tools designed to unlock opportunities for business to integrate children’s rights into their operations and communities. For more information, please visit:

About the IKEA Foundation

The IKEA Foundation (Stichting IKEA Foundation) is the philanthropic arm of INGKA Foundation, the owner of the IKEA Group of companies. We aim to improve opportunities for children and youth in some of the world’s poorest communities by funding holistic, long-term programmes that can create substantial, lasting change. The IKEA Foundation works with strong strategic partners applying innovative approaches to achieve large-scale results in four fundamental areas of a child’s life: a place to call home; a healthy start in life; a quality education; and a sustainable family income. Learn more at and

For more information, please contact:

Linda Lodding, Communications Manager, Global Child Forum:
+46 72 387 0248