We’re creating positive changes

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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 2014 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
Sign the petition on
€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 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 700,000 solar panels on IKEA buildings.
€400 million investment
in 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 85% less energy than incandescent bulbs and last up to 20 years?
Did you know LED uses 85% less energy than incandescent bulbs and last up to 20 years?
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.
Download documents related to our work with wood
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Listen to Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer at IKEA Group discuss the goal of becoming ”forest positive” by 2020.
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See how forestry specialist Egle Petrylaite works closely with our suppliers to make sure wood is sourced responsibly.
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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. Download our IWAY Forestry Standard to learn more (PDF)
 WWF Map that shows IKEA & WWF collaborations in Lithuania, Ukraine, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Romania, Bulgaria, Russia, China and Laos
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Certifying forests together 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. The work includes mapping and protecting 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 (about the size of Italy) in the countries where we work together. Visit the WWF site to learn more about our partnership
Making things right when things go wrong
Several years ago we discovered tropical hardwood fibres in some of our paper products. This is not in line with our standards. After a full investigation, we improved our internal procedures to make sure this couldn’t happen again.
Preventing the use of illegally logged walnut
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 forests.
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® – increased to 41% in 2014. We are aiming for 50% by 2017. Visit the FSC® website to learn more about this effort
Download The IWAY Forestry and Forest Stewardship Council® Standards (PDF)Download the Sustainability Strategy, People & Planet Positive (PDF)
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.
It is important to note that 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 has become better for the environment and the farmers who grow it.
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 conventional cotton is often harmful to the environment and the people who grow it.
When grown conventionally, cotton farming uses large amounts of chemicals and water. This practice often leads to significant health risks to famers, soil erosion and water scarcity. 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 allowed 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.
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Making a lasting impact
We’re pleased to have reached our 100% target, but we won’t stop there. IKEA is committed to creating positive change throughout the entire cotton industry. Our vision is that more sustainable cotton becomes a mainstream material - affordable and accessible to many people beyond our business.
Learn more about IKEA and WWF cotton projects
Clean, fresh water pouring over hands
Treating water with respect
Water is necessary 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. Our goal is that by 2020, our home furnishing suppliers will be 30% more water efficient than in 2011.
Water treatment facility at an IKEA supplier factory in Bangladesh
Saving water in Bangladesh
One of our major textile suppliers in Bangladesh uses a significant amount of water for IKEA production: around 1.7 million m3 a year. In 2011/2012, as part of our Supplier Development Process, we launched a project together to cut water consumption at their site by at least 20% and to test our water recycling guidelines for textiles. The supplier installed 30 water meters around the plant to understand which process uses the most water. They are expects to save around 292,000 m3 of water per year, equivalent to the annual water consumption of around 10,256 people in Bangladesh.
We are monitoring water consumption in each process and reduction targets will be set across the textile production process, from bleaching to printing and dyeing. We’ve also identified several points where wastewater could be recycled and used elsewhere in the plant, and will run pilot projects to test potential solutions and savings.
Recycling in the big, blue box
Not being wasteful and making more from less goes back to our roots. We want to economise with resources and this influences us every day. By August 2015, all home furnishing materials, including packaging, will be either made from renewable, recyclable or recycled materials.
We strive for zero waste to landfill wherever possible in our store and other IKEA operations.
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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 2013, 87% of waste was recycled across our operations
Improving water treatment in Bangladesh
Access to clean, safe water is not universal. In Bangladesh, water treatment facilities struggle to keep up with population growth and urbanisation so water cleanliness suffers. This can harm health and the environment, especially during frequent flooding in the rainy season.
In partnership with GIZ (German International Zusammenarbeit, a sustainable development consultancy), we’ve created a 60-hour training course for wastewater plant operators and managers working at our supplier sites.
The course helps IKEA suppliers manage their wastewater more effectively, enabling them to meet IKEA IWAY supplier code of conduct requirements. Five suppliers participated in last year’s pilot programme and 15 people were certified.
Water pumped into a water treatment facility in Bangladesh.
Food you can feel good about
We serve and sell food to 261 million customers a year through our store restaurants and Swedish Food Markets. Our approach includes using more sustainable and organic ingredients – which includes purchasing ingredients that have been certified to recognised standards and applying animal welfare standards.
A UTZ-certified farmer checks a coffee plant
All coffee sold and served at IKEA has been UTZ Certified since 2008.
The new IKEA children’s organic menu items
More organic choices than ever
You’ll always be able to find organic food in our Swedish Food Market where we offer around 18 organic products. Also, we always provide one organic menu option in our restaurants, including a new children’s organic meal.
A bag of UTZ certified coffee beans
Proudly serving UTZ Certified foods
UTZ Certified is an independent organisation that recognises coffee, tea and chocolate that have been grown sustainably, and is one of the leading sustainability standards for these foods. Learn more at the UTZ website
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Responsibly sourced seafood
All wild-caught seafood must come from MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) certified fisheries or appear in the WWF Seafood Guide as species that come from healthy and well-managed populations. Visit the WWF website to download a Seafood Guide
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