IKEA Doesn't Use Child Labor

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IKEA Wants to Help

You may not know how much child labor and how it is used in the clothing you own or the furniture in your home, but there are some companies that make sure they are not using child labor with there products, one of which is IKEA. IKEA is a company you may not know about for it is more common in Europe, however it is a furniture store that doesn't use unfair child labor. In 2009 IKEA realized that a lot of there products were made using child labor so they decided instead of supporting child labor they should fight it. They found that one of the main countries that uses children labor was India, so they started there. They launched a campaign to help children go to schools and give there family more money to use for essentials. Today, the program has helped over 150,000 children get out of child labor and gave a good education to over 600,000 children. The program is titled "Save The Children" and they have received over €7 million to fund the program. The program is helping child workers in cotton fields and others in carpet factories. The programs are working in five different countries. They also are tackling gender discrimination that will stand up for girls rights and hopefully make a difference. This is a big help to a bigger problem. And it's not just in India there are countless other countries that need help too, and you can help by buying more from the stores that don't use child labor and tell the other companies to stop using child labor. Surely, we can make a difference.

Amazing and True Quotes About IKEA

There are many great things said about IKEA not allowing child labor, so here are just a few quotes from all sorts of people. Joanna Rubinstein, CEO of World Childhood Foundation USA says "Over the past 15 years, IKEA and the IKEA Foundation have embarked on improving the situation of vulnerable children in the world showing the way we can help ending the abuse, exploitation, trafficking and violence of children.” Princess Madeleine of Sweden says "IKEA and IKEA Foundation have demonstrated that protecting the most vulnerable members of our society, children. To be a ‘good’ company means happy employees, happy clients and as a result good business. I hope that more companies will use the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the new Sustainable Development Goals framework as their guiding principles to show that economic growth is not in conflict with social inclusion and environmental sustainability."

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What Now?

"What does this even mean?" I here you saying, "What can I do now I know?" For one, you can buy more items from IKEA and other fair trade shops, and for those that do use child labor tell them that you will not stand for this, tell them change or I will change who I buy from. You have the power even though you don't know it. Together we can make a brighter future and all it takes from each one of you is a single letter. Be happy and most importantly, spread the word. To whoever you find. Whether it is, your parents, your friends, anyone you know tell them what they can do. In the end I see a brighter future for our children, our grandchildren, even our great grandchildren.


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