We gain knowledge through dialogue with our stakeholders and partners. By co-operating with companies, trade unions and organizations, 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 organization.
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 organization, 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 Program. 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 organization 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.
European Retailers Round Table (ERRT)
European Retailers Round Table is a network organization 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 organization.
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 organizations 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 CompactGlobal 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 globalization. The Global Compact encourages companies to work with UN agencies, labor groups and civil society to support universal environmental and social principles. The organization's activities are based on 10 universal principles which promote human rights, labor 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.
Green Power Market Development
Green Power Market Development, run by the World Resource Institute, is a partnership dedicated to building commercial and industrial markets for renewable energy. The group seeks to define the business case for corporate purchase of green energy products, to reduce market barriers faced by green power suppliers and buyers by providing independent information, and develop strategies that reduce green power costs by devising innovative purchasing options. The IKEA Group is a member of the organization, working to develop tools and strategies that increase the use of electricity generated from renewable sources.
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 recognized human and labor 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 labor standards. IKEA engages in dialogue with the ILO on working conditions and labor standards.
Rainforest Alliance is a non-profit organization that works to conserve biodiversity and promote sustainable agricultural and forestry practices. The organization 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.
Refrigerants Naturally is a United Nations initiative acting as a catalyst, advocate, educator and facilitator to promote the wise and sustainable development of the global environment. Part of this work is to encourage new partnerships and mind-sets within the private sector to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and technology for sustainable development. The IKEA Group is a member of the organization.
Save the Children
Save the Children is the world’s largest independent organization 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 Foundation 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 organization, 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 organization.
UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund is the world’s leading organization 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 Foundation 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 organization that operates the world's largest and fastest growing certification program for responsible coffee production. All coffee served and sold at IKEA is UTZ certified.
WWF, the global conservation organization, is one of the world’s largest and most experienced conservation organizations 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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