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 2014 IKEA 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 IKEA Group will produce as much renewable energy as it consumes in its buildings by 2020?
Did you know
IKEA Group will produce as much renewable energy as it consumes in its buildings by 2020?
$600 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 700,000 solar panels on IKEA buildings.
$400 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 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 documents related to our work with wood
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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)
 WWF Map that shows IKEA & WWF collaborations in Lithuania, Ukraine, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Romania, Bulgaria, Russia, China and Laos
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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 Italy) 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 41% in 2014. We are aiming for 50% by 2017. 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 of 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.
It is important to note that some products (produced prior to September 1, 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 has become better for the environment and the farmers who grow it.
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 conventional cotton is often harmful to the environment and the people who grow it.
When grown conventionally, cotton farming uses large amounts of chemicals and water. This practice often leads to significant health risks to famers, soil erosion and water scarcity. 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 allowed 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. Our vision is that more sustainable cotton becomes a mainstream material - affordable and accessible to many people beyond our business.
Learn more about IKEA and WWF cotton projects
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Treating water with respect
Water is necessary 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. By August 2020, we aim to become water positive by promoting water stewardship throughout our value chain. By working with others, we will contribute to improved water management in water stressed areas where we operate, focusing on both water use and water quality.
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
Water pumped into a water treatment facility 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
Not being wasteful and making more from less goes back to our roots. We want to economize with resources and this influences us every day. By August 2015, all home furnishing materials, including packaging, will be either made from renewable, recyclable or recycled materials.
We strive for zero waste to landfill wherever possible in our store and other IKEA operations.
A recycling waste station in an IKEA store
Lightbulbs collected to be recycled
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
Customer recycling station at an IKEA store
In 2014, 89% of waste was recycled across our operations
Food you can feel good about
We serve and sell food to 261 million customers a year through our store restaurants and Swedish Food Markets. Our approach includes using more sustainable and organic ingredients – which includes purchasing ingredients that have been certified to recognized standards and applying animal welfare standards.
A UTZ-certified farmer checks a coffee plant
All coffee sold and served at IKEA has been UTZ Certified since 2008.
More organic choices than ever
You’ll always be able to find organic food in our Swedish Food Market where we offer around 18 organic products. Also, we always provide
one organic menu option in our restaurants, including a new
children’s organic meal.
The new IKEA children’s organic menu items
A bag of UTZ certified coffee beans
Proudly serving UTZ Certified foods
UTZ Certified is an independent organization that recognizes coffee, tea, and chocolate that have been grown sustainably, and is one of the leading sustainability standards for these foods. Learn more at the UTZ website
Responsibly sourced seafood
All wild-caught seafood must come from MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) certified fisheries or appear in the WWF Seafood Guide as species that come from healthy and well-managed populations. Visit the WWF website to download a Seafood Guide
Fresh salmon on a bed of ice
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