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Muslim women walk by a sign at the IKEA store in Tangerang, Indonesia, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. The furniture giant, founded in Sweden in 1943, has lost a trademark dispute in Indonesia after the country's highest court agreed the IKEA name was owned by a local company. Indonesian rattan furniture company PT Ratania Khatulistiwa registered its IKEA trademark on Dec. 2013. It's an acronym of the Indonesian words Intan Khatulistiwa Esa Abadi, which refer to the rattan industry. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

Ikea announced plans to sell rugs made by Syrian refugees


Ikea announced plans to sell rugs and other textiles made by Syrian refugees in 2019, CNN Money reports. 

The Swedish retail group plans to launch the project in Jordan as part of its "Social Entrepreneurs Initiative," which supports artisans across the globe. Ikea will also be working with the Jordan River Foundation, which is chaired by Queen Rania Al-Abdullah, according to the Financial Times

The initiative is expected to create about 200 jobs for Syrian refugees in Jordan.

"The situation in Syria is a major tragedy of our time, and Jordan has taken a great responsibility in hosting Syrian refugees," Jesper Brodin, a managing director at Ikea told CNN Money. "We decided to look into how Ikea can contribute." 

So far, Jordan has accepted more than 655,000 refugees, according to the United Nations. 

UN data shows that 37,000 work permits have been issued to Syrian refugees in Jordan, but there is still a low rate of employment among women.

Ikea told CNN Money the rugs and textiles produced in Jordan will be sold in Middle Eastern markets that have established free trade agreements with Jordan. 

The Swedish retailer said plans for this project were already in the works before President Donald Trump's executive order to temporarily ban refugees, as well as immigrants from seven majority-Muslim countries. 

Ikea, however, has responded to Trump's decision. 

"We support the fundamental rights of all people, and do not accept any form of discrimination," the company said in a statement to CNN Money. 

Starbucks also pledged to hire 10,000 refugees during the course of the next five years in response to Trump's executive order.  

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