Addressing children’s rights in Pakistan and India

IKEA Foundation and Save the Children with their partners are helping to move children in India out of the fields and into the classrooms.

IKEA Foundation and Save the Children to help thousands more children out of child labour in India

Between 2009 and 2015, around 10 million children in more than 15,000 villages in cotton and cotton-seed growing areas in India and Pakistan will benefit from the programmes supported by the IKEA Foundation and managed by UNICEF and Save the Children. The aim is to create child-friendly communities, where the idea of every child attending and staying in school is fully-embraced and encouraged by society.

Save the Children and IKEA began collaborating in 1994 launching a signature advocacy partnership aimed at bringing transparency to the issues of child labor and safety throughout Southeast Asia. Together they developed the IKEA Code of Conduct outlining rules within their supply chain aimed at more aggressively preventing child labor abuses. In continued cooperation, the IKEA Foundation and Save the Children have worked together to address the root causes of child labor in India and Pakistan and helping to assure children’s needs are met during natural disasters or emergencies.

In 2014, On World Day Against Child Labour, the IKEA Foundation unveiled a Є7 million extension to its successful programme with Save the Children, to protect nearly 800,000 more children living in cotton communities in India. The grant is the second phase of a long-term programme which aims to keep children out of the cotton fields, and get them into classrooms where they can learn, play, grow, develop and be children. The programme, launched in 2009, has already helped over 156,000 children out of child labour and has improved educational opportunities for over 600,000 kids in India. The second phase will take the programme to three new states: Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan.


  • The IKEA Foundation

    Netherlands | Staff size: 26-50

    IKEA Foundation (Stichting IKEA Foundation) is an independent charitable foundation that oversees IKEA’s global philanthropy. The Foundation resides in the Netherlands and their funds...

  • Save the Children International

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 1001-5000

    Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. They work in 120 countries. They save children’s lives; they fight for their rights; they help them...

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Key Information

LocationSouth Asia, India, Pakistan
  • Start Date 2009
ValueEUR 7 Million