We gain knowledge through dialogue with our stakeholders and partners. By co-operating with companies, trade unions and organisations, we are able to learn, share experiences and accomplish more than we could have done by working on our own.
The list below describes our main stakeholders on a global level and explains how IKEA co-operates with each organisation.
Better Cotton Initiative (BCI)
BCI aims to promote measurable improvements in the key environmental and social impacts of cotton cultivation worldwide. BCI is a collaborative, multi-stakeholder effort initiated by WWF, the global environmental conservation organisation, and the International Finance Corporation. BCI is open to all participants who subscribe to the mission and objectives of the project. Leading participants are international companies, NGOs and the United Nations Environment Programme. The IKEA Group is a member of BCI.
Building and Wood Workers' International (BWI)
BWI is the Global Union Federation of democratic and free trade unions, protecting more than 12 million members in 350 trade unions around the world in the building, building materials, wood, forestry and allied industries. BWI and the IKEA Group have, since 1998, established a long-term co-operation and an agreement based on the IKEA code of conduct, The IKEA Way on Purchasing Home Furnishing Products (IWAY). IKEA and BWI meet continuously to exchange experiences and discuss working conditions and social responsibility.
Business for Social Responsibility (BSR)
BSR is a global, non-profit organisation that helps member companies achieve business success while respecting ethical values, people, communities and the environment. BSR provides information, tools, training and advisory services to make corporate social responsibility an integral part of business operations and strategies. The IKEA Group is member of BSR and has an IKEA representative on the board.
Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG)
CCWG, administered by BSR, is working to promote sustainable product transportation. CCWG develops voluntary environmental management guidelines and measures to help evaluate and improve the performance of freight transport. The aim of CCWG is to integrate product transport into corporate supply-chain management. Members are leading multinational manufacturers and retailers (shippers), freight carriers (ocean, road, rail and air service providers). The IKEA Group is a member of the Clean Cargo Working Group.
Compassion in World Farming (CIWF)Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) is a recognised international farm animal welfare charity. It engages with Europe’s leading food companies, supporting products and initiatives which represent tangible benefits for farm animals. The charity bases its work on a solutions-led approach, developing relationships with food companies that are based on trust, mutual benefit and reward for progress. CIWF also works in partnership with other NGOs and sustainability platforms to integrate farm animal welfare into public procurement, policy and reporting frameworks. IKEA and CIWF work together on improving farm animal welfare standards in IKEA’s food business.
European Retailers Round Table (ERRT)
European Retailers Round Table is a network organisation for retail companies in Europe. The group liaises with policy makers in the European Union on issues related to the retail industry, to help companies stay informed on the development. It also provides opportunity to promote the interests of the industry. Focus for activities include consumer protection, food safety, environmental issues, corporate social responsibility and trade issues. IKEA is a member of the organisation.
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international network promoting responsible management of the world’s forests. Through consultative processes, FSC sets international standards for responsible forest management and accredits independent third party organisations which certify forest managers and forest product producers to FSC standards. IKEA supports the Forest Stewardship Council, and was one of the first members of FSC when it was founded in 1993.
Global Compact is a network founded by the United Nations. It promotes responsible corporate citizenship and works to ensure that business is involved in solving the challenges of globalisation. The Global Compact encourages companies to work with UN agencies, labour groups and civil society to support universal environmental and social principles. The organisation's activities are based on 10 universal principles which promote human rights, labour rights, environmentally sustainable business practices and anti-corruption measures. Global Compact provides policy dialogues, training and networks. The IKEA Group is a member of the Global Compact.
Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN)
Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN) is WWF's initiative to eliminate illegal logging and drive improvements in forest management. Participants are committed to promoting responsible forestry and credible certification. IKEA is part of this network as we have global purchasing and forestry operations in IKEA's five most important wood sourcing countries: Russia, Poland, China, Romania and Sweden.
Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP)
Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP) is a collaborative initiative for companies to build consensus on best practices in labour and environmental standards in the supply chain. The aim is to develop a sustainable global approach to improving working and environmental conditions in global supply chains. With a joint approach the Programme can reduce audit fatigue and duplication, making monitoring and improvement processes more efficient for both companies and suppliers. Participating companies represent retailers and consumer goods manufacturers.
International Labour Organization (ILO)
International Labour Organization (ILO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations, and is committed to social justice and developing internationally recognised human and labour rights. The ILO is a tripartite agency bringing together representatives from governments, employers and workers. One of its main responsibilities is to shape and oversee international labour standards. IKEA engages in dialogue with the ILO on working conditions and labour standards.
Rainforest Alliance is a non-profit organisation that works to conserve biodiversity and promote sustainable agricultural and forestry practices. The organisation is present in approximately 60 countries around the world, helping communities, businesses and governments to change their land-use practices. Rainforest Alliance provides input to IKEA’s wood procurement practices, and Rainforest Alliance’s SmartWood Program is used for audits in certain regions.
Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)
Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is a non-profit association working to develop and implement global standards for sustainable palm oil. The organisation includes stakeholders from the entire palm oil industry - palm oil producers, palm oil processors or traders, consumer goods manufacturers, retailers, investors and NGOs involved in environmental conservation and social development. IKEA has been a member since 2006.
Save the Children
Save the Children is the world’s largest independent organisation for children, and works to secure and protect children’s rights to food, shelter, health care, education and freedom from violence, abuse and exploitation. Save the Children and IKEA Social Initiative work together on both an international and local level, and have a long-term relationship.
The Network for Transport and Environment (NTM)
NTM is a non-profit organisation, aiming to establish a common base of values on how to calculate the environmental performance of various modes of transport. The IKEA Group is a member of the organisation.
UNDP, the United Nations Development Programme is the UN's global development network, an organisation advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP is on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. Their focus is to help countries build and share solutions to the challenges of democratic governance, poverty reduction, crisis prevention and recovery, environment and energy and HIV/AIDS. In all their activities, UNDP encourages the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women. IKEA Social Initiative cooperates with UNDP in a women’s empowerment project in Uttar Pradesh, India.
UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund is the world’s leading organisation for children. UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive. UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education and gender equity for boys and girls, the protection of children from violence, exploitation and AIDS. IKEA Social Initiative and UNICEF are long term partners working together on both a global and local level.
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UTZ Certified, is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that operates the world´s largest and fastest growing certification programme for responsible coffee production. All coffee served and sold at IKEA is UTZ certified.
WWF, the global conservation organisation, is one of the world’s largest and most experienced conservation organisations with a global network active in more than 100 countries. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world’s biological diversity, ensuring the sustainable use of renewable natural resources and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption. WWF and IKEA co-operate on projects which focus on sustainable forestry, sustainable cotton production and climate change.
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