Corporate communication tells people why you do what you do. Aligning people and employees around values builds relationships. You create advocates and attract/keep strong talent.
IKEA was ready to launch a major sustainability initiative promoted in owned, earned, and paid channels, but their most important audience was the company's 130,000 co-workers in 36 countries. How could they educate everyone in their organization — from C suite execs to warehouse workers — about the huge changes that were about to happen and get them involved?
Working with IKEA sustainability communication managers, we developed monthly inhouse communication tools that were shared in digital newsrooms, newsletters, and Yammer forums. We highlighted ongoing progress, challenges and success stories so every IKEA co-worker could feel they had a direct impact on this new, multi-year global initiative.
One Home One Planet (OHOP) is an IKEA event that brings together purpose-driven, business leaders and government institutions from around the world. The goal is to break down barriers and solve key social and environmental challenges.
IKEA wanted this event, which focused on the refugee crisis, to be focused, action-oriented and easily shareable. How could they capture it so anyone in the world could hear directly from leaders and refugees; then become part of the solution?
I attended the OHOP 2022 event virtually and captured key concepts for a very succinct Output Report that is available online for anyone who wants to read more about the global refugee program.
The report includes a global call-to-action from Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees. There's also a QR code that links to a Skills for Employment Toolkit, which is a how-to guide for opening pathways for refugees.
The ultimate goal? Creating decent work for refugees who are trying to create better lives for themselves and their families.