Mercedes Gutierrez

Head of Social Impact at Ingka Group, Ikea


Mercedes Gutierrez Alvarez is Head of Social Impact at Ingka Group, a strategic partner in the IKEA franchise system, operating 380 IKEA stores across 32 countries.

Born in Spain, Mercedes is now based in Malmö (Sweden) where she leads a broad social impact agenda which includes providing skills for employment for refugees, integration of social entrepreneurs into the value chain, and supporting the right to an adequate homes in local neighbourhoods in 32 countries as part of the People and Planet Positive Strategy for the world’s largest home furnishing retailer.

Former head of sustainability at IKEA Spain, Mercedes has fifteen years’ experience working with sustainability and social innovation as drivers to transform business models, mainly for the energy and retail sectors. She is a passionate believer and activist, inspiring everyone to act as positive change-makers to tackle inequality and climate change. She holds a degree in chemistry and a master’s in ESG accountability, human rights, social audit, and civil society development.