Forestry and wood


Wood is an excellent material from a quality and environmental perspective, as long as it is legally produced and comes from responsibly managed forests. IKEA only accepts wood from high conservation value forest or intact natural forest if they are verified as responsibly managed. Our long-term goal is to source all wood for IKEA products from forests certified as responsibly managed.

Requirements on wood suppliers


Requirements on wood suppliers All IKEA wood suppliers must live up to the IKEA code of conduct IWAY. There is also a set of specific requirements that applies to all suppliers of solid wood, layer-glued, veneer and plywood. IKEA wood suppliers must be able to document the origin of their wood.

Forestry specialists at IKEA


Forestry specialists support business development towards the long-term goal of sourcing all wood used in the IKEA range from forests certified as responsibly managed, and help the IKEA trading service offices to trace the wood back to its origins.

Forest tracing


Each year IKEA suppliers must report the origin, volume and species of all wood used in IKEA products. IKEA can then identify the level of the staircase model the supplier has reached.
 
This information and a risk assessment are used to select a number of wood supply chains for closer evaluation. Forestry specialists audit the suppliers' and sub-contractors' wood supply from the factory all the way back to the forest of origin. A third-party auditor complements the IKEA auditing system by conducting a limited number of wood supply chain audits.

Paper for the IKEA catalogue


Every year millions of copies of the IKEA catalogue, in many languages, are distributed to households all over the world. IKEA works actively towards sustainable production of the IKEA catalogue.
IKEA strives to ensure that the paper used in the IKEA Catalogue comes from forests that have been certified as responsibly managed, and studies are made continuously to verify the origin of the paper fibre being used. Paper and printing suppliers must also use a certified environmental management system and monitor their emissions.

Production of the IKEA Catalogue


Production of the IKEA Catalogue is regulated in the code of conduct The IKEA Way on Purchasing Marketing Products and Services, which covers both social issues and specific requirements for the paper and printing industry. Suppliers of the IKEA Catalogue must adhere to all requirements identified in the code of conduct.

Tracing paper fibre


IKEA strives to ensure that the paper used in the IKEA Catalogue comes from forests that have been certified as responsibly managed, and studies are made continuously to verify the origin of the paper fibre being used. Paper and printing suppliers must also use a certified environmental management system and monitor their emissions.