About social and environment

1. How can I find out more about the IKEA Group's social and environmental responsibility work?

To read more about the IKEA Group's social and environmental responsibility projects and activities, please visit People and the environment, or Read our materials. Here you will find the IKEA Group's current and previous social and environmental reports, as well as information on how IKEA works with these issues.

2. How does the IKEA Group approach social and environmental issues?

IKEA's low prices must never be achieved at the expense of people or the environment. That is a condition for doing good business. Our customers must always feel that the products they buy are safe to use. IKEA products must be manufactured under acceptable working conditions by suppliers who take responsibility for the environment. We do not accept child labour. The IKEA Group supports sustainable forestry and our long-term goal is to source all wood in the IKEA range from forests certified as responsibly managed. We work actively to reduce IKEA's impact on the climate change. To read more, please visit People and the environment.

3. What is IWAY?

"IWAY" stands for The IKEA Way on Purchasing Home Furnishing Products. It is IKEA's code of conduct that specifies the minimum requirements concerning protection of the environment, working conditions and child labour that we place on suppliers and describes what they can expect from us in return. IKEA has supplemented IWAY with a specific code of conduct for child labour - The IKEA Way on Preventing Child Labour. Other code of conducts: The IKEA Way on Distributing Home Furnishing Products and The IKEA Way on Purchasing Food. To read more, please visit Child labour, Forestry, Working conditions, Read our materials.

4. What is the IKEA Group's position regarding child labour?

IKEA does not tolerate child labour and works actively to prevent it. All IKEA suppliers and their sub-contractors must comply with our code of conduct, The IKEA Way on Preventing Child Labour. We work actively to prevent child labour, and have strict agreements in IKEA does not accept child labour and works actively against it. The complexity of the child-labour issue requires input and influences from many parties. By cooperating closely with international organisations such as UNICEF and Save the Children, IKEA strives to improve children's rights and to tackle the root causes of child labour. All IKEA suppliers and subcontractors must comply with our code of conduct, The IKEA Way on Preventing Child Labour. Monitoring of the compliance to IKEA requirements is carried out by IKEA and includes unannounced visits by third-party auditors. To read more, please visit Child labour, Partnerships.

5. What is the IKEA Group's position on forestry?

IKEA believes wood is an excellent material from both a functional and environmental point of view. For wood to be a good environmental choice, it should originate from responsibly managed forests. IKEA's long-term goal is to source all wood in the IKEA range from forests certified as responsibly managed. We work actively with WWF and other partners to increase the availability of certified wood. Our suppliers must provide documentation to show where the wood comes from. IKEA conducts select audits, and IKEA´s foresters trace the wood from the supplier back to the forest in order to check that IKEA requirements are met. For external verification of auditing routines, IKEA works with the third-party organisation Smartwood. To read more, please visit Forestry.

6. Where does the IKEA Group's stand when it comes to charity and sponsorship?

The IKEA Group has decided to concentrate its efforts on active partnerships rather than simply making charitable donations and undertaking sponsorships. These are primarily social projects targetting the needs of children, for which we work closely with our partners UNICEF and Save the Children. IKEA also concentrates its efforts on environmental projects, conducted in co-operation with WWF. IKEA sponsorship of local projects, educational needs and events, is arranged by individual stores. For more information please contact your local store via IKEA country sites.