IKEA has announced plans to donate ISK 100,000 (USD 770, EUR 705) of store credit to all 55 Syrian refugees expected in Iceland in January, mbl.is reports.
The company is also partaking in the Directorate of Labor’s effort to provide refugees with employment opportunities in the greater Reykjavík area, according to Eyjan.
CEO Þórarinn Ævarsson explains the action is an effort by the company to assist refugees in adjusting to Icelandic society. Þórarinn states that in the past, IKEA has been a workplace for people of different backgrounds; close to 100 of its employees come from abroad.
He continues, “Those are some of our very best people and we couldn’t run the company if it weren’t for the contribution of those individuals. We want them to do well within the company, which is why we offer all employees free Icelandic lessons during work hours, but the key to moving up is being able to master the language.”