We’re creating positive changes

Forest with sun streaming in
For a long time we have been making more from less; it’s part of our heritage. We’re also busy turning waste into resources, sourcing food and materials in a responsible way and protecting natural resources. And because we want to become energy independent, we’re making the switch to renewable energy. Download the 2015 IKEA Sustainability Report PDF
To change everything, we need everyone
Tackling what has now become one of humanity’s biggest challenges is something we can all commit to – making sure that our children and their children will have a safe and prosperous future on this planet.
Get a brief history of climate change and learn what we all can do to take action.
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Support a 100 %
clean energy future
€1 billion to tackle climate change
Urgent action is needed to tackle climate change. This is why the IKEA Group and the IKEA Foundation have made commitments totalling €1 billion.
Did you know IKEA Group will produce as much renewable energy as it consumes in its buildings by 2020?
Did you know
IKEA Group will produce as much renewable energy as it consumes in its buildings by 2020?
€600 million for investment
in wind and solar
The new commitment builds on the €1.5 billion invested in wind and solar since 2009 in 314 offsite wind turbines and almost 700,000 solar panels on IKEA buildings.
€400 million to support
people and communities
The IKEA Foundation’s funding commitment will strengthen poor communities’ resilience to climate change and help them adopt renewable energy technologies in their homes, schools, communities and businesses.
We’ve gone all in with LED
Did you know LED uses up to 85% less energy than incandescent bulbs and last up to 20 years?
Did you know
LED uses up to
85% less energy
than incandescent bulbs and last up to 20 years?
A room filled with IKEA products made from wood
Naturally beautiful
We’re big fans of wood. It’s a living material that lends durability and warmth, ages beautifully and is both renewable and recyclable. That’s why we’re working hard to protect and conserve this important natural resource.
Using wood resources wisely
Wood is one of our most important materials and it’s used in many of our products. We continually look for ways to get the most out of the wood we use by designing our products to minimise the amount of material needed and increasing the efficiency of manufacturing.
For many years we have worked with others to increase the supply of wood from responsibly managed forests. We are one of the founding members of the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) and we now have 21 foresters working to ensure that all wood is sourced in compliance with our forestry standards and to increase the share of certified wood in our supply chain.
Our top five wood-sourcing countries are Poland, Lithuania, Sweden, Germany and Russia.
Tai Wen works as a forestry specialist for IKEA to ensure that wood in China is sourced in a responsible way.
Forestry specialist measuring growth
Working with forestry standards
Our IWAY Forestry Standard sets clear requirements for all wood used in IKEA products - which include 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 and we use audits to check compliance. Download the IWAY Forestry Standard PDF
Using wood from more sustainable sources
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 - increased from 32% in 2013 to 41% in 2014. We are aiming for 50% by 2017. Visit the FCS website to learn more
Sourcing palm oil responsibly
We’re committed to making sure that the palm oil we use in our products is grown and processed in a responsible and sustainable way. By the end of 2015, our goal is to source 100% certified segregated sustainable palm oil. Learn more about how we work with palm oil PDF
Our partnership with WWF
We work with WWF and others to combat illegal logging and promote responsible timber trade. IKEA and WWF have worked together since 2002 to support credible forest certification, and map and protect High Conservation Value Forests to secure biological and social forest values. So far we have helped to improve forest management in Europe and Asia, and contributed to increasing FSC-certified forest areas by around 35 million hectares in the countries where we work together. Visit the WWF website to learn more about our partnership
We support 13 WWF projects in 11 countries that aim for more responsible forest management.
A map of the world showing the 13 WWF projects that IKEA supports in 11 countries
Bosnia & Herzegovina
We’ve gone all-in for cotton
from more sustainable sources
We’re happy to announce that from 1 September 2015 onwards, all the cotton we use for IKEA products comes from more sustainable sources. This means that the cotton is grown with less water, chemical fertiliser and pesticide, while increasing profit margins for farmers.
Some products (produced prior to 1 September 2015) may still be available for some time in the stores until they are sold out. This constitutes a very small volume and only a handful products.
Cotton farmer, standing in a cotton field, holding a cotton ball.
Through the Better Cotton Initiative, cotton farming can become better for people and the planet.
Close up of ÄLSKAD baby blanket.
Why more sustainable cotton matters
Cotton is one of our most important raw materials. You’ll find it in many IKEA products, from sofas and cushions to bed sheets and mattresses. Although we love working with cotton, we were uncomfortable with the fact that growing cotton in the conventional way is often harmful to the environment and the people involved.
When grown conventionally, cotton farming uses large amounts of chemicals and water. This practice often leads to significant health risks to farmers, soil erosion and water scarcity. It also leads to higher costs, and since most cotton is grown on small farms in developing countries, many farmers struggle to make a profit.
So, we decided to find a way to tackle these challenges and made a commitment to improve the cotton industry.
Taking action to transform the cotton industry
Over a decade ago, IKEA began taking steps to transform the way cotton is produced. Along with WWF and others, we helped set up the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), which aims to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in and better for the sector’s future by developing Better Cotton as a sustainable mainstream commodity.
Since 2005, we have been working with WWF to make cotton farming more sustainable. Our work began with 500 farmers in Pakistan. In the beginning they were reluctant about the idea of changing their cultivation techniques. However after one year, the results were significant enough to inspire more farmers to join our projects in India and Pakistan.
Through hands-on training and field schools, together with our partners we’ve helped around 110,000 farmers learn more sustainable farming methods. This initiative has enabled farmers to cut costs, increase their profits and improve their working conditions. As a result, they can afford a better quality of life for their families, including schooling for their children.
Cotton farmers kneeling down in a cotton field inspecting water tubes.
Clean, fresh water pouring over hands
Treating water with respect
Water is essential for life – but clean, fresh water is something of a luxury in some parts of the world. That is why water, both when it comes to quantity and quality, is an important issue for us and our suppliers. We work with others to contribute to improved water management in water stressed areas where we operate – to ensure that there is enough clean water for ecosystems, people and communities.
Working together to save water and energy in India
For some factories in Southern India, the only way to get enough water is by trucking it 50 km. Outdated machinery and a polluted water supply often make production even less energy and water efficient. Jansons, a textiles supplier based in Erode, southern India, was inspired by the IKEA People & Planet Positive strategy and started a partnership project to tackle the problem. Measures taken included a system to recycle wastewater for printing, a new dyeing process that uses less water and ensuring motors are only running when needed.

“Our processing factory is in an area of water and energy scarcity, which was a nightmare for us,” says Mr Thirukumar, Managing Director of Jansons Industries. “With support from IKEA, we saw the difference the project was making and we were motivated to look for more opportunities. With the commitment of our employees, so far we have saved over 285 MWh of energy, and 69 million litres of water.”
Water treatment facility at an IKEA supplier factory in Bangladesh
Thinking ahead: how to save water for the future
Over 23 million people in Bangladesh don’t have safe drinking water.

“I don’t want my children and grandchildren to be part of that statistic. I want to make sure my company doesn’t do anything that leaves future generations in trouble,” says Shah S Alam, managing director of Unilliance, an IKEA textiles supplier based in Bangladesh. He’s played an important role in the water projects IKEA has initiated at the company, and he’s pushing Unilliance to take part in even more ambitious projects to save water.
“When we started working with IKEA, we already had an effluent treatment plant to remove pollutants from our waste water before it returned to the environment. But IKEA suggested that we think of ways to reduce and reuse this waste water.

“For example, after some simple changes we now use waste water to cool our machinery. This saves us around 100 m3 of water every day – enough to fill 15 Olympic swimming pools a year!”

“In five to 10 years the laws in Bangladesh will change – everyone will have to reuse their waste water. Working with IKEA has put us ahead of the crowd, and our customers are noticing the difference,” he says.
Recycling in the big, blue box
Our goal is to eliminate waste from our operations. By 2020, 90% of the waste from our own operations will be recycled or energy recovered, of which 80% of the waste from stores and distribution centres will be material recycled. When it comes to things our customers no longer need, we want to encourage them to see it as a resource for reuse or recycling. For example, customers can return unwanted IKEA furniture to many stores to be resold or donated to charity.
We strive for zero waste to landfill wherever possible in our store and other IKEA operations.
A recycling waste station in an IKEA store
Lightbulbs collected to be recycled
Bring your recycling to IKEA!
We want to make recycling as easy as possible, which is why we offer the possibility of recycling your waste in IKEA stores. Did you know that you can leave batteries and compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs at most IKEA stores? See what you can recycle at your local IKEA store
Customer recycling station at an IKEA store
In 2015,
89% of waste was recycled across our operations
Food you can feel good about
We want to offer food that’s delicious, sustainable and nutritionally balanced. That’s why we include a variety of more sustainable and organic options at our IKEA Restaurants and Swedish Food Markets. We’re always carefully selecting ingredients that have been certified to meet standards of environmental and social responsibility, while also adding new products to our range that are better for you.
Enjoy a serving of veggies in a tasty ball
Our veggie balls are packed with fresh ingredients, such as chickpeas, green peas, carrots, bell peppers, corn and kale. You’ll enjoy a nutritious meal that is full of protein and nutrients. Plus, they come with a lower carbon footprint. All in all, they’re a delicious alternative to our iconic meatballs.
IKEA veggie balls in a cast iron pan surrounded by an onion, a carrot and greenery.
We are committed to sourcing food in a responsible way.
We are committed to sourcing food in a responsible way
Close up of the head and tail of salmon on a bed of ice.
Responsibly sourced salmon
Healthy and tasty fish make for healthy and happy customers. That’s why IKEA was part of a dialogue with global environmental experts to develop responsible salmon farming standards that are better for the fish and for the environment. All IKEA salmon comes from Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certified farms.
Close up of fish and shrimp on a bed of ice.
Offering you tasty, more sustainable seafood
All wild-caught fish and shrimps served and sold at IKEA come from fisheries which are independently certified to Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standards. When you enjoy MSC certified seafood you can be sure you are supporting sustainable fishing and protecting seafood supplies for generations to come.
Close up of raw Swedish lingonberries in a bowl.
We’ve picked some great organic options for you
You can always find organic food at our Swedish Food Market, like lingonberry jam, coffee and cookies. We also offer at least one organic meal on the menu at our restaurants, as well as an organic children’s meal.
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Coffee that’s good right from the source
All the coffee that we sell in our Swedish Food Market is produced in an environmentally and socially responsible way. It’s UTZ Certified, which means it meets strict, independent requirements to ensure sustainable farming standards and fair conditions for workers. You can even trace the origin of the coffee you buy at
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Chocolate you can feel good about eating
The cocoa in IKEA labelled chocolate bars meets strict, independent requirements to ensure sustainable farming standards and fair conditions for workers. Just look out for the UTZ Certified label in our Swedish Food Market. To trace the origin of the cocoa in your UTZ certified chocolate bar, visit
Close up of a bag of food waste, used for composting or biogas.
Nothing goes to waste
We’re working towards a big goal: to send zero food waste to landfill. This is just one of the ways we try to reduce our impact on the environment. So, where does all our food waste go? It is used for composting or biogas.
Waste sorting solutions can help reduce your impact on the environment
Small actions add up
Find out what makes IKEA an inspiring place to work. Hear directly from See how waste sorting can help reduce your impact on the environment. Go to Sustainable Life at Home
Empowering girls and women helps create holistic solutions to poverty and child labour
Putting people first
We’re helping to create a better everyday life for people around the world. Learn about People & Communities