The culture and values of Interogo Holding reflect the entrepreneurial spirit of Ingvar Kamprad. Since May 2016, the business of Interogo Holding has been separated from the IKEA related business – although we share the same heritage and values.
Our common values have their roots in the Småland region of Sweden, where Ingvar Kamprad was born and grew up. Småland is characterised by a stony and rather rugged landscape where the inhabitants were often forced to get by on small means and make use of the scarce resources at their disposal. Smålanders have a reputation for being thrifty and innovative with a straightforward, no-nonsense approach to problem solving in general and to business challenges in particular. This ‘Småland legacy’ is built into the IKEA culture and values, all over the world.
In the practical business world of today this means that our values encourage a constant desire for renewal and improvement, as well as a cost-conscious mind-set in all areas of operations. They also imply a willingness to give and take responsibility as well as to dare to be different with a meaning. Humbleness in approaching our tasks and simplicity in our way of doing things are also cornerstones of our culture.
The IKEA spirit is based on the belief that no method is more effective than to lead by example. We believe that each co-worker is important, and that it is by working ‘together’, tillsammans in Swedish, that we really make a difference.
The IKEA values have proven to be viable in an international context and we strongly believe that they are one of the most important factors behind our achievements. By keeping them alive and well rooted, we can continue to turn future challenges into opportunities. Most things still remain to be done.