Forestry in Karelia (Russia)Wood is one of the most important raw materials for IKEA. This is why we take responsibility for the forest from which we source our wood. We have very tough demands and among the toughest systems in the world to control that those demands are met in every part of the chain and in every forest.
Karelia is an area with high nature values and the decision to source wood in this area brings on great responsibility. We take that responsibility very seriously. We source with long term consideration and we want to make sure that the way we source helps protect biodiversity.
In Karelia, IKEA has taken the lead to develop responsible forestry together with authorities, NGOs and local interests. This is paving the way for a more responsible forestry, in our lease and in Karelia as a whole.
Swedwood was the first company to be FSC certified in Karelia in 2006 and is annually inspected by an independent third party audit for compliance with the FSC standard.