IKEA and WWF Conservation Partnership
IKEA and WWF work together in a partnership to promote responsible forestry, better cotton cultivation, and to address climate change.
The WWF and IKEA co-operation first began in 2002 to jointly promote responsible forestry. The first years of co-operation showed that by working together, more can be achieved.
The forest projects aim to combat illegal logging, support responsible forest management and certification, and develop and promote innovative management tools. A number of projects are currently underway around the world:
- Curbing illegal logging in the cross border trade between Russia and China.
- Identifying high-conservation-value forests and supporting FSC certification in Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine.
- Promoting responsible forest management and FSC certification amongst privately - owned forests in the Baltic.
- Developing sustainable production and sourcing of rattan in Laos and Cambodia.
Cotton produced in a better way
Since 2005, IKEA and WWF have field projects at project sites in Pakistan and India, testing improved working methods for cotton cultivation and processing. The projects use Better Management Practises (BMP).
Better Management Practises enable farmers to reduce their environmental impact, improve efficiency, maintain cotton crop yields and increase their gross margins. Some 2, 000 farmers in Pakistan and 500 in India are participating through Farmer Field Schools.
Climate change projects
The IKEA Group and WWF co-operate in projects aimed at reducing emissions of greenhouse gases (CO²) generated by IKEA operations, in order to reduce its impact on climate change.
The projects cover two main areas:
- Increasing energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy at IKEA suppliers
- Developing sustainable transportation for people
More about WWF
WWF, the global conservation organisation, is one of the world's largest and most experienced conservation organisations with a global network 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.