Giuliano Meroni, store manager at Ikea Edmonton, recently invited me behind the scenes to discuss the company’s immediate business plans. The Edmonton branch employs over 400 staff, and will introduce the living wage from April 2016 at a starting rate of £9.15. The implementation of such wage changes will result in a £7.5m cost to Ikea in the U.K and Ireland. Giuliano also explained that there are plans to re-evaluate staff contracts, so as to negotiate deals that compliment employees average working hours.
On another positive note, Ikea Edmonton readily realise their corporate social responsibility, by recycling 95% of waste produced by the store; and by producing enough energy to light up the first floor of the establishment via a solar panel on the roof.