The IKEA Group is involved in many national and local activities. Below you can read about those that are taking place in your country or your local community.
Make-A-Wish Canada Room Makeovers
At IKEA, children are the most important people in the world. To fulfill our vision of creating a better everyday life for the many, we have partnered with Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Canada as our charity of choice for our local charitable initiatives. Our stores will help Make-A-Wish® grant magical room makeovers for children living with life-threatening medical conditions in the communities we serve. By aligning our expertise in home furnishings with the Foundation’s experience in making wishes come true, together we can make a huge difference in the lives of Canadian children and their families.
IKEA Canada is commited to reducing plastic bag consumption and to being an environmentally responsible company. As of July 1, 2009 we won't be offering plastic bags in any of our Canadian stores. It's the final step in our Bag the Bag program that launched in October, 2007, when we began charging 5 cents a bag and donating all proceeds to Tree Canada.
Customers are welcome to purchase an IKEA Reusable Blue Bag for only $1. The IKEA Reusable Blue Bag holds a lot and you can use it over and over for almost anything you need to carry.
GREEN Parking at IKEA
Two prime parking spaces at every IKEA location in Canada have been reserved for customers driving hybrid or fuel efficient vehicles. Located near the front entrance of the store directly after the handicapped and family parking, the GREEN parking spots reward those customers who drive to IKEA the greener way.
IKEA Canada welcomes all drivers of hybrid cars and fuel efficient vehicles recognized by the Federal government’s tax relief incentive (cars that use less than 6.5L of gas per 100km) to take advantage of IKEA’s Green Parking spaces.
Free Battery and Energy Saving Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb Recycling Program
As a larger retailer of batteries and energy saving compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), IKEA recognizes the importance of proper recycling because of the low levels of Mercury in these products. Since 2001, all 11 IKEA locations in Canada have offered a “Free Take Back” program for CFLs and batteries.
Customers are encouraged to bring back their CFLs and batteries (and we will take non-IKEA brands) so that the products can be disposed of responsibly. The service is available at the returns and exchanges area.
IKEA Canada works closely with Raw Materials Company (RMC, A division of International Marine Salvage Inc.) who specializes in battery recycling, hazardous waste hauling and processing, and have been actively recycling for more than 25 years.
UNICEF Holiday Card Program Help Raise Funds for Children around the world
Every year, IKEA Canada opens up its doors to UNICEF Canada’s holiday card program to help raise funds for children around the world during the holiday season. Since the program began in 1996, the holiday card and gift program at IKEA has raised over $5 million to date for UNICEF Canada. The proceeds from the sale of UNICEF cards at IKEA directly fund UNICEF projects for children in over 150 countries.
Tree Canada Pick a Tree, Plant a Tree
For 15 years, IKEA Canada has partnered with Tree Canada to participate in an annual tree planting event – Pick a Tree, Plant a Tree. With the help of IKEA co-workers, volunteers and Tree Canada experts, trees and shrubs are planted in community parks, schools and riverside areas across Canada.
IKEA donates part of the proceeds from the sale of Christmas Trees sold during the month of December to help fund the Pick a Tree, Plant a Tree program. Since the program began in 1996, IKEA co-workers and Tree Canada have planted over 17,000 trees and shrubs in communities across Canada.