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IKEA Group Unveils New Sustainability Strategy – People & Planet Positive
[International]  The IKEA Group today released a new, ambitious sustainability strategy, People & Planet Positive.
The strategy is an integrated part of the IKEA Group long-term growth direction and builds on the Company’s long history of working with sustainability by outlining a new set of goals and actions for delivery up to 2020.

People & Planet Positive has three key focus areas:
  • Inspiring and enabling millions of people to live a more sustainable life at home, by offering products and solutions that help customers to save money by using less energy and water and reducing waste. Examples include: converting all lighting to LED that lasts for 20 years and uses up to 85% less electricity; offering the most energy efficient home appliances on the market at the lowest price; and creating low price, functional and easy to use solutions for sorting and minimising waste, and using less water at home.

  • Becoming energy and resource independent, which includes producing as much renewable energy as is consumed in IKEA Group stores and buildings, building on the €1.5 billion allocated to wind and solar projects. It also includes improving the energy efficiency in IKEA Group operations by at least 20% and encouraging suppliers to do the same. IKEA will continue to develop their range by making products more sustainable and ensuring all main home furnishing materials, including packaging, are renewable, recyclable or recycled.

  • Taking the lead in creating a better life for the people and communities, which includes supporting the development of good places to work throughout the IKEA Group supply chain - encouraging suppliers to not only focus on compliance but also shared values. It also includes going beyond the immediate reach of the supply chain and helping to support human rights.

Mikael Ohlsson, President and CEO of the IKEA Group says, “We want to create a better everyday for the many people. A better life includes living more sustainably. We have been working towards that goal for many years and have already done a lot, but we are now ready to take the next big step.”

People & Planet Positive will help us to do that; transforming our business and having an even greater positive impact on the world,” says Mikael.

In addition to contributing to the quality of life of people and communities where it operates, it will use resources with the utmost efficiency and turn waste into resources. Only renewable energy will be used in IKEA Group operations, while safe chemicals, responsi­ble stewardship of forests, water and farmlands will be the base of its supply chain.

Steve Howard – Chief Sustainability Officer of the IKEA Group says, “We believe that sustainability should not be a luxury good – it should be affordable for everyone. We are excited by the opportunity to help our customers, over 770 million, fulfil their dreams at home with beautiful products that help them save money on their household bills by reducing energy and water use, as well as reducing waste.”

To learn more about how the IKEA Group works with sustainability, please visit: www.IKEA.com.au/aa/peopleandplanet

To view the People & Planet Positive film on YouTube, please visit: www.youtube.com/IKEA

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Notes to Editor:

Some IKEA Group progress highlights:

  • New projects over the next three years will take total investments in renewable energy to up to €1.5 billion, focusing on solar and wind (since 2009).

  • More than 250,000 solar panels have already been installed on IKEA stores and buildings across the world and IKEA Group has invested in and is committed to own and operate 126 wind turbines in five countries.

  • 100% of the wood used in IKEA products is sourced in compliance with our forestry requirements. IKEA is also oneof the biggest users of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood, which is still in relatively limited global supply.

  • The share of more sustainable cotton used in IKEA products is currently one quarter of our total cotton use. Working with partners such as WWF has helped around 100,000 cotton farmers to halve their water consumption and chemical pesticide use, and cut the use of chemical fertilisers by one third.

  • IKEA is now the market leader in Europe on LED lighting in the home, helping millions of people to save money on their energy bills by using 85% less electricity than traditional incandescent bulbs.

  • Donations in recent years from the IKEA Foundation include €45 million to the UN refugee agency, UNHCR; €30 million to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); and over €11 million to the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI). Since 2003, the Soft Toys for Education campaign, a collaboration between IKEA Group and IKEA Foundation, has raised €47.5 million and helped more than 8 million children receive a better education.

About IKEA Group

The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people. Our business idea supports this vision by offering a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them. There are currently 298 IKEA Group stores in 26 countries. IKEA was founded in Sweden in 1943. The IKEA Group employs 131,000 co-workers and had 655 million visitors during FY11. For more information, please visit www.IKEA.com

100 million.

Estimated number of children the IKEA social projects in partnership with UNICEF, UNDP and Save the Children will have benefited by the end of 2015.

IKEA Concept and history

Creating a better everyday life at home.