A woman holding a child in her arms, standing next to an aid worker fro UNHCR.

IKEA delivers EUR 9 million worth of products to Ukraine 

More than a year after the military invasion of Ukraine, the needs in the country remain huge and are growing by the day as intensive attacks continue. In close co-operation with UNHCR, IKEA has during the last several months provided over 850,000 home furnishing products to support people who have been forced to leave their homes and hometowns.

The donation includes more than 71,000 mattresses, 75,000 bed sheets, 86,000 blankets, 99,000 kitchen sets and 205,000 pillows. The donation, a joint effort between Inter IKEA Group and Ingka Group, has a total estimated retail value of approximately EUR 9 million.

“More than a year after the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, an estimated 13 million people remain uprooted from their homes, including over 8 million refugees across Europe and more than 5 million internally displaced people within the country”, says Karolina Lindholm Billing, UNHCR Representative in Ukraine.  


UNHCR continues to be on the ground providing crucial assistance to address immediate humanitarian needs and emerging protection challenges.

“The war in Ukraine is a human tragedy. Many stakeholders and organisations need to work together to provide humanitarian aid to people forcibly displaced. The IKEA business has been supporting organisations such as NGOs such as UNHCR, UNICEF, and Save the Children since the beginning of the invasion. Our relief support has included both monetary and in-kind donations to children and their families”, says Malin Pettersson Beckeman, Sustainability Engagement & Communications Manager Inter IKEA Group.

Marcin Majchrzak, who works with customer fulfilment for Ingka Group, the largest IKEA retailer, says the company began organising the logistical aspects of the Ingka Group emergency community support work a few days after the war began in 2022. To date, a total of 23 Ingka Group markets have been actively donating products to support Ukrainians fleeing to other countries as well as internally displaced people within Ukraine.

“We made a decision very early to support the victims of the war, and we knew we could utilise our supply chain and fulfilment strengths”, Majchrzak says.

With a large presence in Eastern Europe, IKEA has been able to manufacture and secure large quantities of products and rely on many major companies and suppliers in the supply chain to work together to move quickly and with high volumes to make these deliveries.

“It’s been one of the most meaningful things I’ve ever taken part in”, Majchrzak says.

A box of mattresses lying on the ground next to a truck.

This donation to UNHCR was partly funded by a previously announced donation in March 2022 by Inter IKEA Group and Ingka Group. At that time, they both granted EUR 10 million to provide support in products and other assistance to UNHCR, Save the Children and other organisations working to support people both in Ukraine and those fleeing the war to surrounding countries.

Agata Czachórska, Country Sustainability Manager at IKEA Retail Poland, where a vast majority of the shipments into Ukraine originated from, calls the effort the biggest emergency support operation they had ever dealt with.

Approximately 200 trucks filled with products and goods from IKEA have been handed over to UNHCR to use in their important relief efforts in Kyiv and Lviv.

“I am full of gratitude for co-workers from different IKEA units in Poland who were engaged in organising these urgent donations, working with ordering, product picking, organising deliveries to the central warehouse and to Ukraine, preparing formalities and filling in documents. Without their contribution and how they run this amazing ‘logistic machinery’, we would never have reached people inside Ukraine”, Czachórska says.

About IKEA
IKEA offers well-designed, functional and affordable, high-quality home furnishing, produced with care for people and the environment. There are several companies with different owners, working under the IKEA Brand, all sharing the same vision: to create a better everyday life for the many people. IKEA was founded in Sweden in 1943.
About the IKEA franchise system
The IKEA retail business is operated through a franchise system with franchisees that are authorised to market and sell the IKEA product range within specified geographical territories. Inter IKEA Systems B.V. is the owner of the IKEA Concept and worldwide IKEA franchisor, who also assigns different IKEA companies to develop the product range, supply products and deliver communication solutions. Today, 12 different groups of companies have the right to own and operate IKEA sales channels under franchise agreements with Inter IKEA Systems B.V.

About Inter IKEA Group
Inter IKEA Group includes Inter IKEA Systems B.V., IKEA of Sweden AB, IKEA Supply AG and IKEA Industry AB related businesses. Inter IKEA Holding B.V. is the holding company for the Inter IKEA Group.