We’re creating positive changes

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For a long time we have been making more from less; it’s part of our heritage. We’re also busy turning waste into resources, sourcing food and materials in a responsible way and protecting natural resources. And because we want to become energy independent, we’re making the switch to renewable energy. Download the 2015 IKEA Group Sustainability Report PDF
To change everything, we need everyone
Tackling what has now become one of humanity’s biggest challenges is something we can all commit to – making sure that our children and their children will have a safe and prosperous future on this planet.
Get a brief history of climate change and learn what we all can do to take action.
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Support a 100%
clean energy future
Sign the petition on
$1 billion to tackle climate change
Urgent action is needed to tackle climate change. This is why the IKEA Group and the IKEA Foundation have made commitments totalling $1 billion.
Did you know Solar panels can cut electricity bills by up to 50%?
Did you know
Solar panels can cut electricity bills by up to 50%?
$653.7 million investment
in wind and solar
The new commitment builds on the $1.5 billion invested in wind and solar since 2009 in 314 offsite wind turbines and almost 700,000 solar panels on IKEA buildings.
$435.7 million investment
in people and communities
The IKEA Foundation’s funding commitment will strengthen poor communities’ resilience to climate change and help them adopt renewable energy technologies in
their homes, schools, communities,
and businesses.
We’ve gone all in with LED
Did you know LED bulbs use 85% less energy than incandescent bulbs and last up to 20 years?
Did you know LED bulbs use up to 85% less energy than incandescent bulbs and last up to 20 years?
We’re big fans of wood
We love wood because it’s durable, renewable and recyclable. As one of the largest users of wood in the retail sector, we always look for ways to use it wisely. Watch our films to learn about the work we do to protect and conserve this precious resource.
Download the overview of how we are becoming Forest Positive 2020
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Becoming Forest Positive
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Listen to Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer at IKEA Group, discuss the goal of becoming “forest positive” by 2020.
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See how forestry specialist, Egle Petrylaite, works closely with our suppliers to make sure wood is sourced responsibly.
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Clear standards for responsible forestry
Our IWAY Forestry Standard sets clear requirements for all wood used in IKEA products. This includes a ban on wood that has been illegally harvested from sources involved in forest-related social conflicts, or from High Conservation Value Forests. All suppliers must comply with the standard before they can start deliveries. We improve our relationships with suppliers with certification audits to check compliance. Download our IWAY Forestry Standard to learn more (PDF)
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Certifying forests together with WWF
We work with WWF and others to combat illegal logging and promote responsible timber trade. IKEA and WWF have worked together since 2002 to support credible forest certification. The work includes mapping and protecting High Conservation Value Forests to secure biological and social forest values. So far, we have helped to improve forest management in Europe and Asia, and contributed to increasing FSC® certified forest areas by around 86.5 million acres (about the size of Germany) in the countries where we work together. Visit the WWF site to learn more about our partnership
Making things right when things go wrong
Several years ago, we discovered tropical hardwood fibers in some of our paper products. This is not in line with our standards. After a full investigation, we improved our internal procedures to make sure this couldn’t happen again.
Preventing the use of illegally logged walnut
Our forestry experts detected illegal logging of walnut in China about five years ago. So, we stopped using this wood in our products. As a result, the MOLGER bathroom series is now made of birch from certified forests.
Learn more about how we work with forestry
In addition to suppliers meeting our IWAY Forestry Standard, the volume of wood from more sustainable sources – recycled wood and wood from forests certified by the FSC® – increased to 50% in 2015. We are aiming for 100% by 2020. Visit the FSC® website to learn more about this effort
Download The IWAY Forestry and Forest Stewardship Council® Standards (PDF)Download the Sustainability Strategy, People & Planet Positive (PDF)
We’ve gone all-in for cotton
from more sustainable sources
We’re happy to announce that from September 1, 2015 onwards, all the cotton we use for IKEA products comes from more sustainable sources. This means that the cotton is grown with less water, chemical fertilizer, and pesticide, while increasing profit margins for farmers.
Some products (produced prior to 1 September 2015) may still be available for some time in the stores until they are sold out. This constitutes a very small volume and only a handful products.
Cotton farmer, standing in a cotton field, holding a cotton ball.
Through the Better Cotton Initiative, cotton farming can become better for people and the planet.
Close up of ÄLSKAD baby blanket.
Why more sustainable cotton matters
Cotton is one of our most important raw materials. You’ll find it in many IKEA products, from sofas and cushions to bed sheets and mattresses. Although we love working with cotton, we were uncomfortable with the fact that growing cotton in the conventional way is often harmful to the environment and the people involved.
When grown conventionally, cotton farming uses large amounts of chemicals and water. This practice often leads to significant health risks to farmers, soil erosion and water scarcity. It also leads to higher costs, and since most cotton is grown on small farms in developing countries, many farmers struggle to make a profit.
So, we decided to find a way to tackle these challenges and made a commitment to improve the cotton industry.
Taking action to transform the cotton industry
Over a decade ago, IKEA began taking steps to transform the way cotton is produced. Along with WWF and others, we helped set up the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), which aims to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in and better for the sector’s future by developing Better Cotton as a sustainable mainstream commodity.
Since 2005, we have been working with WWF to make cotton farming more sustainable. Our work began with 500 farmers in Pakistan. In the beginning, they were reluctant about the idea of changing their cultivation techniques. However, after one year, the results were significant enough to inspire more farmers to join our projects in India and Pakistan.
Through hands-on training and field schools, together with our partners, we’ve helped around 110,000 farmers learn more sustainable farming methods. This initiative has enabled farmers to cut costs, increase their profits, and improve their working conditions. As a result, they can afford a better quality of life for their families, including schooling for their children.
Cotton farmers kneeling down in a cotton field inspecting water tubes.
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Making a lasting impact
We’re pleased to have reached our 100% target, but we won’t stop there. IKEA is committed to creating positive change throughout the entire cotton industry. Today, 72% of our total cotton supply is from Better Cotton and 20% is recycled cotton. Our vision is that more sustainable cotton becomes a mainstream material - affordable and accessible to many people beyond our business.
Cotton from more sustainable sources
Cotton from more sustainable sources
Of the total cotton we use in IKEA products, 20% is recycled cotton. The remaining 80% comes from these sources:
Better Cotton: 72%
Towards Better cotton*: 23%
Other more sustainable cotton, such as the E3 program in the US: 5%
*Towards Better cotton is a standard developed by IKEA following the same principles and criteria as Better Cotton, on its way to become Better Cotton.
Learn more about how we work with cotton and our partnerships
Since Sep 1, 2015, all the cotton we use for IKEA products comes from more sustainable sources. This means that the cotton is grown with less water, chemical fertiliser and pesticide, while increasing profit margins for farmers.

Learn more about IKEA and WWF cotton projects
Learn more about Better Cotton Initiative
Learn more about how we work with cotton and our partnerships
Since Sep 1, 2015, all the cotton we use for IKEA products comes from more sustainable sources. This means that the cotton is grown with less water, chemical fertiliser and pesticide, while increasing profit margins for farmers.
Reports & Downloads
Clean, fresh water pouring over hands
Treating water with respect
Water is essential for life – but clean, fresh water is something of a luxury in some parts of the world. That is why water, both when it comes to quantity and quality, is an important issue for us and our suppliers. We work with others to contribute to improved water management in water stressed areas where we operate – to ensure that there is enough clean water for ecosystems, people and communities.
Working together to save water and energy in India
For some factories in Southern India, the only way to get enough water is by trucking it 50 km. Outdated machinery and a polluted water supply often make production even less energy and water efficient. Jansons, a textiles supplier based in Erode, southern India, was inspired by the IKEA People & Planet Positive strategy and started a partnership project to tackle the problem. Measures taken included a system to recycle wastewater for printing, a new dyeing process that uses less water and ensuring motors are only running when needed.

“Our processing factory is in an area of water and energy scarcity, which was a nightmare for us,” says Mr Thirukumar, Managing Director of Jansons Industries. “With support from IKEA, we saw the difference the project was making and we were motivated to look for more opportunities. With the commitment of our employees, so far we have saved over 285 MWh of energy, and 69 million liters of water.”
Water treatment facility at an IKEA supplier factory in Bangladesh
Thinking ahead: how to save water for the future
Over 23 million people in Bangladesh don’t have safe drinking water.

“I don’t want my children and grandchildren to be part of that statistic. I want to make sure my company doesn’t do anything that leaves future generations in trouble,” says Shah S Alam, managing director of Unilliance, an IKEA textiles supplier based in Bangladesh. He’s played an important role in the water projects IKEA has initiated at the company, and he’s pushing Unilliance to take part in even more ambitious projects to save water.
“When we started working with IKEA, we already had an effluent treatment plant to remove pollutants from our waste water before it returned to the environment. But IKEA suggested that we think of ways to reduce and reuse this waste water.

“For example, after some simple changes we now use waste water to cool our machinery. This saves us around 100 m3 of water every day – enough to fill 15 Olympic swimming pools a year!”

“In 5 to 10 years the laws in Bangladesh will change – everyone will have to reuse their waste water. Working with IKEA has put us ahead of the crowd, and our customers are noticing the difference,” he says.
Recycling in the big, blue box
Our goal is to eliminate waste from our operations. By 2020, 90% of the waste from our own operations will be recycled or energy recovered, of which 80% of the waste from stores and distribution centers will be material recycled.
We strive for zero waste to landfill wherever possible in our store and other IKEA operations.
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Bring your recycling to IKEA!
We want to make recycling as easy as possible, which is why we offer the possibility of recycling your waste in IKEA stores. Did you know that you can leave batteries and compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs at most IKEA stores? See what you can recycle at your local IKEA store
Lightbulbs collected to be recycled
Creating a circular economy
We are working towards a circular IKEA, where resources are used more efficiently in a cycle of repair, reuse and recycling. At many stores, customers can return unwanted IKEA furniture to be resold or donated to charity. And in some countries, we have a mattress take-back scheme, where used mattresses are sent for energy recovery or are material recycled. We also collect customers’ unwanted textiles in some stores. This is the start of an exciting journey of closing the loop at IKEA.
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did you know?
In 2015, 89% of waste was recycled across our operations
Customer recycling station at an IKEA store
Food you can feel good about
We want to offer food that’s delicious, sustainable and nutritionally balanced. That’s why we include a variety of more sustainable and organic options at our IKEA Restaurants and Swedish Food Markets. We’re always carefully selecting ingredients that have been certified to meet standards of environmental and social responsibility, while also adding new products to our range that are better for you.
Enjoy a serving of veggies in a tasty ball
Our veggie balls are packed with fresh ingredients, such as chickpeas, green peas, carrots, bell peppers, corn and kale. You’ll enjoy a nutritious meal that is full of protein and nutrients. Plus, they come with a lower carbon footprint. All in all, they’re a delicious alternative to our iconic meatballs.
IKEA veggie balls in a cast iron pan surrounded by an onion, a carrot and greenery.
We are committed to sourcing food in a responsible way.
We are committed to sourcing food in a responsible way
Close up of the head and tail of salmon on a bed of ice.
Responsibly sourced salmon
Healthy and tasty fish make for healthy and happy customers. That’s why IKEA was part of a dialogue with global environmental experts to develop responsible salmon farming standards that are better for the fish and for the environment. All IKEA salmon comes from Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certified farms.
Close up of fish and shrimp on a bed of ice.
Offering you tasty, more sustainable seafood
All wild-caught fish and shrimps served and sold at IKEA come from fisheries which are independently certified to Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standards. When you enjoy MSC certified seafood you can be sure you are supporting sustainable fishing and protecting seafood supplies for generations to come.
Close up of raw Swedish lingonberries in a bowl.
We’ve picked some great organic options for you
You can always find organic food at our Swedish Food Market, like lingonberry jam, coffee and cookies. We also offer at least one organic meal on the menu at our restaurants, as well as an organic children’s meal.
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Coffee that’s good right from the source
All the coffee that we sell in our Swedish Food Market is produced in an environmentally and socially responsible way. It’s UTZ Certified, which means it meets strict, independent requirements to ensure sustainable farming standards and fair conditions for workers. You can even trace the origin of the coffee you buy at
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Chocolate you can feel good about eating
The cocoa in IKEA labelled chocolate bars meets strict, independent requirements to ensure sustainable farming standards and fair conditions for workers. Just look out for the UTZ Certified label in our Swedish Food Market. To trace the origin of the cocoa in your UTZ certified chocolate bar, visit
Close up of a bag of food waste, used for composting or biogas.
Nothing goes to waste
We’re working towards a big goal: to send zero food waste to landfill. This is just one of the ways we try to reduce our impact on the environment. So, where does all our food waste go? It is used for composting or biogas.
Waste sorting solutions can help reduce your impact on the environment
Small actions add up
Find out what makes IKEA an inspiring place to work. See how waste sorting can help reduce your impact on the environment. Go to Sustainable Life at Home
Empowering girls and women helps create holistic solutions to poverty and child labor
Putting people first
We’re helping to create a better everyday life for people around the world. Learn about People & Communities