We’re big fans of wood
We love wood because it’s durable, renewable and recyclable. As one of the largest users of wood in the retail sector, we always look for ways to use it wisely. Watch our films to learn about the work we do to protect and conserve this precious resource.
Listen to Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer at IKEA Group discuss the goal of becoming ”forest positive” by 2020.
See how forestry specialist Egle Petrylaite works closely with our suppliers to make sure wood is sourced responsibly.
Clear standards for responsible forestry
Our IWAY Forestry Standard sets clear requirements for all wood used in IKEA products. This includes a ban on wood that has been illegally harvested from sources involved in forest-related social conflicts, or from High Conservation Value Forests. All suppliers must comply with the standard before they can start deliveries. We improve our relationships with suppliers with certification audits to check compliance.
Certifying forests together with WWF
Making things right when things go wrong
Our forestry experts detected illegal logging of walnut in China about five years ago. So, we stopped using this wood in our products. As a result, the MOLGER bathroom series is now made of birch from certified forest.
Learn more about how we work with forestry
In addition to suppliers meeting our IWAY Forestry Standard, the volume of wood from more sustainable sources – recycled wood and wood from forests certified by the FSC® – Now 61% of our wood comes from more sustainable sources (up from 31% in 2011) and our goal is for 100% of our wood to come from more sustainable sources by 2017, so there's lots of work being done to get us there. Visit the Visit the FCS website to learn more about this effort.
Reports & Downloads
Read more about our plan to source 100% certified segregated sustainable palm oil by 2015 - Download How we work with palm oil (PDF)