We don’t design flat packs to sell more but to save more. Flat packs mean optimized loads and fewer transports, which reduces emissions. Our use of recyclable packaging requiring minimal raw material helps, too. Brown cardboard is one of our best friends – it saves costs and the environment.
Some things can’t be compromised - safety, respect for people of all ages, the environment. We call it IWAY (The IKEA Way on Purchasing Products, Materials and Services). It’s our code of conduct, and it specifies the minimum requirements we place on suppliers. It also describes what they can expect from us in return. IWAY includes zero tolerance for child and forced labor; safe, healthy working conditions; compliance with local laws; care with chemicals – and more. IKEA co-workers are often on site at suppliers, to ensure that our requirements are met. We work to motivate and support suppliers to take increased responsibility themselves. Since we introduced IWAY in 2000, we can see a continuous positive development – more than 100,000 improvements have been made so far.
IKEA designers work to the philosophy of "more from less". It’s about creating the price tag first, and looking for design solutions and innovations that use materials and resources in an optimal and environmentally friendly way, right through the entire supply chain. Our board-on-frame MICKE and STUVA series are two good examples where design has minimized the use of resources and made the product easy to handle and transport.
We don't accept illegally felled wood, or wood harvested from intact natural forests. We're working with suppliers to improve their ability to trace the origin of the wood they use - a requirement for all suppliers of solid wood.
Our long-term goal is to source all wood for IKEA products from forests certified as responsibly managed. Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is so far the only forest certification standard supported by IKEA. We also have our own forest specialists working in the field. They inform, share knowledge and trace timber back to its origins at suppliers. IKEA work together with WWF to promote responsible forestry and to fight illegal logging.
The ’IKEA Goes Renewable’ project means that all IKEA buildings will move towards being supplied with 100% renewable energy for electricity and heating and we will improve energy efficiency by 25%. We are making progress: we’re at 47% renewable energy and we’ve achieved a 14% energy efficiency improvement since 2005.
IKEA does not accept child labor, and we work actively to prevent it. All IKEA suppliers and sub-contractors must comply with the IKEA code on conduct on child labor: The IKEA Way on Preventing Child Labor. It states that all actions must be in the best interests of the child. Rules and monitoring must be complemented with addressing the root causes behind child labor. That's why IKEA Social Initiative invests in child rights projects with UNICEF and Save the Children.
We’ve moved to a new compact format for the IKEA catalog, to reduce paper consumption and cut transportation needs. A bonus: CO2 emissions per copy will be lower with the new streamlined catalog format.
The IKEA catalog was the first major color publication in the world to be printed on Totally Chlorine Free paper. The bleaching technology in the paper and pulp industry has developed and today we know that a harmful substance in the bleaching process is elementary chlorine. Due to that, we use papers in a mix of both TCF and ECF in order not to involve elementary chlorine.
Every year, millions of people eat at IKEA restaurants. And even here we’ve got an eye on the environment – at least one dish made with organic ingredients is offered in all IKEA restaurants.
Many markets are sourcing organic ingredients for their national menu in the restaurants; for example IKEA Italy has around 70 organic ingredients used for restaurant food preparation, ending up on the plates as delicious dishes.
NORDEN birch tables are a great example of how IKEA tries to get the best possible return from every tree trunk. Introduced in 1998, it was probably the first time anyone had thought of making furniture also from the knotty top part of the birch tree instead of burning it as firewood or grinding it for chipboard production.
The “Waste Management Manual“ for the IKEA group was established in 1999 requiring all stores to sort the five most common waste items, at a minimum. In practice, this ensures that almost 75% of the waste is sorted in the stores and more than 80% is (at the end of life) recycled or used for energy production.
In 1997, IKEA developed a new type of particleboard specially aimed for furniture in co-operation with other furniture and particleboard producers. With this new material, the use of raw material was reduced by 85,816 tons. Annually, this resulted in 2,800 less trucks for transportation due to lower cargo weight, easier handling of the merchandise for the customers and reduced costs and prices.
We never use optical brighteners in the textiles used in IKEA comforters and pillows. Comforters and pillows must not contain hazardous substances and we always try to minimize the use of chemicals. Whenever practicable, we apply the strictest health and safety requirements on any of our sales markets to all markets.
The EKTORP sofa is one of our most popular products. It’s also one of the bulkiest, making it hard to transport in an efficient and environmentally sound way. Recently we made EKTORP a customer assembly piece. The number of shipments dropped, and transport costs and carbon dioxide emissions decreased. But it’s still the same comfy, cozy EKTORP that’s been loved for years.
IKEA encourages customers to leave their cars at home: some countries offer free shuttle buses to travel to IKEA from surrounding urban areas. Some of the IKEA stores Switzerland discounts home delivery rates for customers using public transport to come to the stores.
At IKEA UK stores offer interest free loans and a 15% rebate to co-workers travelling to work by public transport. In May 2007 IKEA Canada launched a Hybrid Parking Program, rewarding customers driving a hybrid or fuel-efficient car, with a premium parking spot. Many IKEA stores also promote bikes as a sustainable mode of transport. IKEA Poland stores provide facilities for bikes, maps of bike paths and tools to repair customer bikes. IKEA Denmark stores lends out bicycles equipped with trailers at its stores. The trailers enable customers to transport up to 100 lbs per trip.
MICKE series is one of the latest IKEA products made from wood-based frames filled with recycled, honeycombed paper, a fabrication chosen for its strength and rigidity. MICKE uses less raw material than particleboard. It is also more lightweight and thus easier to handle during transportation and ultimately, for our customers.
STUVA series is made from board-on-stripes (BoS), a strong and light material that uses a very efficient production technique. Like LACK and MICKE, it has a honeycombed paper filling, but its production technique is even more efficient. Two long strips of particle board or MDF are laid out on fibreboard sheets of up to 250 by 500 cm, and the paper filling is placed between the strips. Finally, it is topped with another thin layer of fibreboard. The construction is then cut to the product’s final shape and dimensions before being lacquered or veneered. From the perspective of transportation and raw material use, that’s much more efficient use of resources.
The IKEA patented Loading Ledges are a smart alternative to traditional wooden pallets. Instead of a pallet’s rigid platform, ledges are flexible, expanding and contracting to the size of the load. The Loading Ledges are made from polypropylene plastic that is continuously recycled and made into new ledges. Their size and shape are optimized for containers, so load units are easily handled with forklifts. Thanks to ledges’ low weight, containers can be loaded with two tons more goods than if wooden pallets were used.
The cotton in DVALA bed linen is grown in a more sustainable way, using substantially less water, chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
Not only that, the fabric is woven using 15% less cotton but still feels just as good as comparable bed linen.
Together with WWF, we are running Farmer Field Schools in Pakistan and India. Cotton farmers learn how to use water more efficiently and how to handle essential pesticides and artificial fertilizers in ways that are safer for both people and the environment. The schools have generated positive results for sustainable cotton production – in Pakistan the average use of pesticides has dropped 50%, the use of fertilizers by 30% and the water use went down 50%. Farmers act as inspiration to others, and better farming practices are being spread from farmer to farmer.
In 2001, we funded a scholarship for students from Russia, Poland, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania to study sustainable forestry at the Swedish University of Agricultural Science. The scholarship is available for students every year.
STRANNE is one of our most fun and popular lamp products, and it’s been in the range for many years. Now we’ve updated it to include LED technology, which lowers the energy consumption of the lamp.
LED stands for Light Emitting Diode and it has caused a revolution in lighting because of its many positive environmental and energy consumption benefits. The new LED STRANNE has a lifetime of 25,000 hours and even better the new STRANNE has a significantly lower energy consumption than its predecessor.
Our food is really tasty, but it does happen once in a while that some of it ends up as left-overs on a customer's plate. That doesn't mean it's thrown away. At some of our stores in Sweden, Norway and Denmark we grind up food leftovers in a mill and store them in a special tank. The food waste finds its way to a special treatment centre where it gets reused, as biogas to run buses on.
The annual Soft Toys campaign "One Euro is a Fortune", runs each year in November and December in IKEA stores globally. The IKEA Social Initiative donates one euro from each Soft Toy sold to UNICEF and educational projects run by Save the Children. Since its launch in 2003, proceeds from this campaign have totaled 23.7 million euros, and have supported over 50 projects in more than 25 countries including Albania, Bangladesh and Russia to Vietnam, the Ivory Coast, Uganda and China.
Our Starbase is a huge innovation, allowing us to stop transporting a lot of the air normally present in big and awkwardly shaped office chair packaging. VERKSAM swivel chairs are one of the first to be re-launched with a new Starbase assembly system where the five legs in the base snap together at the center. It’s quick and easy for the customer, and the chair is just as stable and sturdy. Meanwhile, the number of VERKSAM chairs transported per container has nearly doubled which lead to less CO2 emissions. And soon lots of other office chairs will follow VERKSAM.
At the IKEA store in Corsico, Milan, 304 geoprobes penetrate the ground to a depth of 95 to 140 yards – 20 miles of drilling in total – over a 10,000 square yard area. Yet, this geothermal system has no lasting impact on the landscape, since it’s completely underground. Thanks to three heat pumps, the system supplies 1,600 kW thermal power and 1,400 kW of refrigerating power. That’s a savings of 300 tons of petroleum per year, or 800 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
In 1999, we switched all goods transport from the central warehouse in Älmhult to the stores in Stockholm from road to rail. The trains run on electricity generated from renewable energy sources. Today one train with 15-20 fully loaded wagons leaves Älmhult for Stockholm every day.
KASSETT magazine files are made from 80% recycled paper, and now arrive to our customers flat folded. This means more files per truck, for less impact on the environment (and a better price). Each pallet now holds five times as many KASSETT. CO2 emissions from transporting it have decreased 75%.
For every sold SUNNAN lamp, IKEA Social Iniative donates a lamp to UNICEF and Save the Children to distribute to children in India and Pakistan to help them play, read, write and study after dusk. So far, over 500,000 lamps have been donated.
SUNNAN lamps combine low energy LED technology with solar cell panels. Since there’s no need for electricity, you can use it anywhere indoors. Just charge the panel for 9-12 hours in the sun and get three hours of full lamplight.
RINGSKÄR faucets come with a special flow control function. The water flow can be adjusted in two steps with the lever, so customers can avoid unnecessary water waste. Most IKEA faucets are fitted with a Pressure Compensating Aerator (PCA) that can reduce water use by 30%.
Though the use of centralized management systems IKEA France tries to reduce its use of fossil fuels each year – lights are turned off automatically by the system through extensive use of sensors. In addition, 10 IKEA France stores have solar panels supplying between 60 to 80% of warm water needs; six stores have heat pump systems covering all their heat and air conditioning needs. The store at Tourville-la-Riviére (Seine-Maritime) uses half the electricity of the average IKEA store using renewable energy, like geothermal pump, and energy-saving techniques.
In 2005, IKEA Social Initiative donated 18,000 NORDEN tables to Unicef in Liberia and Burundi. They were great support to the school enrollment drives and are now used in schools. IKEA Social Initiative can when possible make in-kind donations.
RETUR and DIMPA are simple waste system that helps people organize and recycle more effectively. RETUR comes with easy-to-clean bins and DIMPA with waste sorting bags. Both are available in a variety of sizes and are designed for different types of household waste - from glass bottles and newspapers to batteries.
In 2005, IKEA and one of its suppliers initiated a project with some 2,000 women taking part. They embroidered cushion covers, IKEA PS GRINDTORP, which were sold in IKEA stores. The women are members of self-help groups, set up during the IKEA and UNICEF child rights project to prevent child labor in 500 villages in northern India, 2000-2007. The women learned about children’s rights, health and nutrition, as well as the importance of saving money and contributing to the family income, e.g. starting small businesses.
SPARSAM low energy bulbs are a great alternative to traditional incandescent bulbs. They last up to ten times longer and the energy consumption is reduced by up to 80% over the bulb’s lifetime. One 20-watt bulb provides as much light as a 100-watt incandescent bulb, without getting anywhere near as hot. IKEA will phase out incandescent bulbs in favour of more environmentally friendly alternatives before Sept 1, 2010. IKEA customers can return low energy bulbs to most IKEA stores for recycling.
IKEA and WWF work together to combat illegal logging and to increase the availability of wood from forests certified as responsibly managed. The co-operation, started in 2002, has contributed to doubling the certified forest areas in China. It has helped increase the certified forest areas in Russia from 3.3 million to 20 million hectares – making it the world’s second largest country by certified forest areas.
During 2009-2013, a women's empowerment program in 'the carpet belt' in India will enhance the social, economic and political empowerment of 50,000 women in 500 villages in Uttar Pradesh, India, where IKEA and UNICEF have been present since 2000 to address the root causes of child labor. This cooperation between IKEA Social Initiative and the UN Development Program (UNDP) will encourage the women to become entrepreneurs, contribute substantially to their household income, as well as strengthening their legal awareness and participation in local political decision making processes.
In 1994, we stopped using lead crystal glass in our drinking glass ranges. And now, we are one of the first companies in the world with a lead free mirror range - with one added benefit: your reflection is clearer, as lead-free mirrors have improved reflection properties!
Versatile NÄSUM baskets are made from what most people would consider waste: remnants from banana trees after the harvest. Once a banana tree has produced its golden fruit, the trunk slowly dies. Instead of being thrown away, the trunk is cut into strips and left in the sun to dry. Once woven, NÄSUM is made durable with water-based lacquer.
Formaldehyde is a common chemical compound present in for example water, fruit and wood, but it can also be added through industrial processes. To avoid health problems, there are strict requirements of formaldehyde emissions from furniture. We want the formaldehyde emission levels in IKEA wood products to be equal to the levels of natural wood. So, first we cut formaldehyde-based lacquers (1993) from our products. Next, we removed formaldehyde from glue systems used to glue veneer surfaces on furniture. DAVE laptop table, for example, has a fibreboard top that has contributed to cutting formaldehyde emissions by nearly 40% in recent years. The levels are now significantly below EU requirements.
IKEA cooperates with WWF on projects aimed at reducing the impact on the climate.
One example is that IKEA and WWF - together with selected suppliers in Poland, Sweden and China - are creating a casebook of good examples for how suppliers can save energy, money and become less reliant on fossil fuels for manufacturing, heating and cooling.
We also cooperate by doing pilot studies in the United Kingdom, China and the United States that aim to promote sustainable modes of transport in partnership with local authorities, businesses and organisations. The learnings can then be spread to other markets.
At IKEA, we hate waste! This is why we take every opportunity to turn spill from production into raw material for other products. LUSY BLOM cushion is one good example. It is filled with leftovers from IKEA quilt production, so we can make sure the content is safe and healthy as well as making use of material that would otherwise be wasted.
IKEA Norway’s Slependen store gets 80% of all its heating and cooling energy from its own geothermal installation. Eighty geo wells underneath the store’s parking spaces make this the third biggest geothermal installation in Scandinavia.
Chestnut trees in Poland are gravely endangered due to the insect “Cameraria ohridella”, which destroys the trees. IKEA joined the “Poland Chestnut Tree Rescue Project”, two years ago, to help coordinate collection of fallen chestnuts by children, schools, kindergartens, IKEA customers and co-workers every autumn. The collected chestnuts are sold to a pharmaceutical company and the profit is used to purchase insecticide injections for the trees. Thanks to the IKEA involvement, the project became extremely popular and in 2008 almost 40 tons of chestnuts were collected. 372 trees have been covered by injections and thousands of trees have been treated without injections, through manual work like burning sick leaves.
At IKEA we work to reduce business travel by using technical solutions such as video-, web- and telephone conferences. That will reduce costs, the environmental impact and improve the work-life balance for IKEA co-workers. In FY09, travel costs were reduced by 20% compared to the previous year. Consequently, the amount of CO2 emissions have decreased and we are now looking into methods to measure the effects.
SAGOSTEN inflatable children’s floor cushions are made from polyolefin, a smooth and durable plastic without the chlorine and other harmful additives found in the more commonly used PVC. Use of PVC is banned from IKEA products since the early nineties. The only exception is electrical cords, where no viable alternative is available – yet.
The soft, densely woven fabric in IKEA 365+ RISP bed linen is made from 50% cotton and 50% Lyocell. Lyocell is a renewable cellulose-based material derived from wood fibers from tree farms (which use less water than cotton farms). Also, the necessary chemicals in IKEA 365+ RISP bed linen production process are recycled in a closed system to minimise environmental impact and waste.
IKEA Social Initiative and UNICEF expand the child rights program to cover more than 6,000 villages. The original program was implemented in 500 villages of Uttar Pradesh during 2000-2007. This program will focus on children's rights to health, education and protection.
IKEA induction cooktops use magnetic field technology and are much faster and more energy-efficient than traditional cast iron and glass ceramic cooktops. Only pots and pans are heated and not the cooktop itself, so very little heat goes to waste. The efficiency of energy transfer for an IKEA induction cooktop is 80 percent, compared to around 55 percent for glass ceramic cooktops.
IKEA supports Sow a Seed, a forest rehabilitation project which aims to replant, maintain and prevent the further logging of 18,500 hectares of forests in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo for the next 50 years.
Since the project began, around 8,800 hectares of forest have been replanted with native tree species. The project has also contributed to the building of homes, community centers and field accommodations for more than 150 local workers and their families.
Did you know that up to a quarter of all food is thrown away every day in many households? That’s not only a waste of money. Food production generates lots of CO2, so cutting waste helps reduce our carbon footprint. IKEA food savers help take better care of fresh food and leftovers. Some products have benefits making them especially good for saving your food and using just the right amount of food to prevent waste when cooking. For example, some sizes in the IKEA 365+ food storage series come with a removable plastic bottom grid to allow excess moisture to drain off and help food last longer. And, in the RARITET series the jar for dry storage has a measuring cup in the lid to make getting it right easier. The jar itself is transparent and graduated so you can see how much is left.
IKEA Social Initiative donated 335,000 quilts, through UNICEF, to the victims of the major earthquake in Pakistan in 2005. Following the cyclone Nargis in Myanmar in 2008 a total of 200,000 Soft Toys were donated through Save the Children. IKEA Social Initiative also supports the mid-term and long-term reconstruction projects in the aftermath of disasters, such as the reconstruction of schools in China after the
In the United Kingdom every new coworker is given a bulb box on joining the company. It contains 6 IKEA low energy bulbs and when the bulbs eventually blow IKEA will replace them free of charge and recycle the returned ones. The box has information on it about IKEA and what the worker can do to save energy at home and at work. The co worker will save about 50 euros a year on their home energy bill by using the six bulbs.
Lee, a co-worker in one of our Californian stores, came up with a way to improve the packaging of ALÄNG table lamps. Lee discovered that the box could be shrunk as much as 30 percent if only the lamps components were rearranged. So, Lee tipped off IKEA packaging technicians in Sweden who in turn conferred with suppliers. Now, thanks to a great initiative and teamwork, each pallet holds 24 ALÄNG lamps compared to only 18 before.
IKEA Social Initiative is supporting major health initiatives carried out by UNICEF. These programs aim at developing integrated, community-based, sustainable approaches to improve child survival in some of India's most deprived areas. During 2007 – 2012, the initiative covers 18 states and is expected to benefit 80 million children and adolescents, and 10 million women. The focus is on improving the health and nutrition of children by immunization, vitamin supplements, advocate breastfeeding, provide safe water and sanitation, as well as creating a generally healthy environment for children and their families.
All coffee sold and served at IKEA is UTZ Certified. That means that you can trace the bean all the way back to the plantations through a code on the packaging. UTZ Certified is an independent non-profit organisation that sets social and environmental standards for sustainable coffee growing and distribution.
IKEA France stores are keen recyclers and that has paid off - in 2008, 88% of our waste was recycled or incinerated and the energy captured and reused. We’re also saving water by putting waterless urinals in new stores and retrofitting some stores with grey water systems so roof water can be used for toilet flushing.
We partner with WWF to support their annual campaign, Earth Hour. A call to action, Earth Hour asks people around the world to consider their personal energy use by switching off their lights for an hour one Saturday in March.
In collaboration with a national environmental organization, all Italian IKEA stores provide free seminars to IKEA Family Members about responsible energy use. Together with Italian energy retailers, about 800,000 ''energy saving packs'' were given free to IKEA clients with both energy saving bulbs and water saving tools.
IKEA Canada has partnered with Tree Canada (the largest nation-wide not-for-profit tree-planting organization in Canada) since 1998, to plant 14,000 trees through the ''Pick a Tree, Plant a Tree'' program. IKEA Canada makes a donation to Tree Canada based on our Christmas tree sales, and then in the spring each store market has a tree-planting event with their co-workers. These trees offset the same amount carbon dioxide as created by heating approximately 1,300 homes with electricity for the year.
IKEA Italy donates 3 Euro to national park-forestation activities for every Christmas tree that customers return to IKEA after the holidays. The trees are composted, and eventually return back to the earth.
Working together with ONF (Office national des forêt) IKEA France supports a project at the regional Nature Park du Pilat in the Loire for forest restoration. For each Christmas tree returned to the store for recycling, IKEA donates € 1 – over five years, € 1,250,000 have been invested in 30 local projects to improve forested areas or raise public awareness of the forests.
IKEA Italy developed educational material for schools in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Two different packs were developed: a “Responsible Energy pack” and a “Responsible Forestry pack” (2006) - both distributed for free to schools near the stores.
IKEA PS GULLSPIRA is one of three different wall hangings with masks depicting characters from Scandinavian fairy tales. Indian village women entrepreneurs make them, with a hand-stitched quilting technique using wool and cotton. Each wall hanging is a one-off piece, with the Hindi name of its maker embroidered on the back. The women were previously part of a joint IKEA Social Initiative and UNICEF project, started in 2000, which has helped to economically and socially empower more than 20,000 women through self-help groups, as part of a broad program to prevent and eliminate child labor in Uttar Pradesh in northern India.
In FY 09, IKEA Sweden and WWF Sweden organized a sustainability contest for children in grades 1-3 to teach them about natural resources and recycling. Nearly 50,000 children collected around 50 million aluminium tea light holders. That’s 35 tons of aluminium that was recycled!
Although beautiful to look at and a complement to any home furnishing, printed textiles and their manufacture can consume large amounts of water and dyes.
Today, 40% of IKEA’s printed textile products, including those from the BARNSLIG series, are produced with techniques that require less water and colors.
Not only does this technique use 60% less water than previous production techniques, but less pigment is required and the result has a better quality finish as fabric is softer than a regular color print. In addition, color-fastness is more durable making it particularly useful for children’s bedding which requires more washing.
IKEA and WWF co-operate around climate change and have 6 projects up and running.
One of these projects looks at how to recycle IKEA products at the end of their life-cycle. We will look for ways to enable our customers to either recycle of re-use our products when they no longer want them. Another project will map all areas of the IKEA business where we can make a change to our current practices that will benefit the environment. We will also focus on creating awareness of IKEA products that can help people live a more sustainable life at home. The fourth and final project is about minimizing the carbon footprint of our food business. You can read more about the other projects in improvement #43.
IKEA set up the Supplier Energy Efficiency Project (SEEP) to aid our suppliers in becoming more energy efficient while making our products. The aim of SEEP is to improve the energy efficiency by 30 percent or more by 2011.
To begin with, IKEA is focusing on suppliers that consume the most energy, such as textile, glass, stone ceramics, plastics, board materials and aluminium production facilities.
We have started working with about 100 suppliers and many have shown great results so far with some reaching more than 40% higher efficiency. The work with energy efficiency and renewable energy will be expanded to more suppliers in the future.
You’ve probably seen our product testing machines in IKEA stores. So you’ll know that we’re very proactive about the safety and durability of our products. Well, our products have to pass other tests too – especially when it comes to product development.
Our product range is extensive, and each year our test labs carry out thousands of tests on IKEA products not only during the development phase, but during the production process too.
Additionally we use IKEA approved third-party test laboratories around the world. The laboratories are accredited according to the quality standard IOS 17025. All IKEA suppliers are required to conduct product tests at IKEA approved third-party laboratories.
Many people enjoy IKEA restaurants and food products around the world every day. To improve the animal welfare standards in farms that supply to IKEA’s food business, IKEA has partnered with the international charity Compassion in World Farming (CIWF). CIWF engages with Europe’s biggest food manufacturers, supporting initiatives which lead to tangible benefits for the welfare of farm animals reared for food production.
As a large seller of salmon products, IKEA and all our salmon suppliers participate in the Salmon Dialogue, a multi-stakeholder initiative managed by the WWF.
The Salmon Dialogue has now developed a set of draft principles and criteria for environmentally, socially and economically responsible salmon farming. The standards have been formulated to address a number of key potential negative impacts of salmon fishing.
Once complete, the standards will be implemented with all of our salmon suppliers.
In China, one of our largest wood sourcing countries, IKEA works closely with the NGO Rainforest Alliance to support their Trees Program. This is a project aimed at sustainable forest management and forest certification.
Through the Trees Program and together with the other partners including WWF China, the Chinese Academy of Forestry and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), IKEA has engaged in outreach and training projects that have reached more than 1,400 people.
This work supports the goal of attaining an additional 1 million hectares of FSC certified forest by 2011.
With the abundant supply of natural energy sources, and the improved technologies available to harness them, IKEA made a decision to invest heavily in the latest photovoltaic (solar) panels in eight European countries.
Today, nine IKEA premises have solar panels installed. In coming years, up to 150 IKEA stores and distribution centers will be fitted with new solar panels that will provide approximately 10 percent of their electricity needs.
In 2005, the IKEA Social Initiative launched a water conservation project with two of IKEA’s suppliers in the state of Rajasthan in India.
As part of the project, five water catchment areas were designed and constructed in the villages located around our supplier factories. These catchment areas are artifical basins which collect rainwater during the wet season and store it for use during the hot and dry season. This means there is water where there wasn’t before, which prevents the depletion of ground water levels and gives easier access to communities who rely on the water to live.
Together with Preem, H&M and Volvo Logistics, IKEA has participated in a project to support transport service providers in making the transition from fossil fuels to alternative fuel sources, which are more environmentally adapted. The collaboration resulted in a number of Preem fuelling stations being opened in Sweden during the summer of 2009. During the summer months, these stations provided an alternative fuel, Bio30, which contains a 30% blend of rapeseed oil.