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NATIONAL EFFORTS

IKEA wants to play our part in creating a better life for the people and communities touched by our business.
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Putting people first

IKEA Supports Co-workers and Their Communities Impacted by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma

09/27/2017
As the impact of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma unfolded, IKEA was saddened by its impact on its co-workers and their communities. But we’ve also been touched by the heroic acts and the community spirit of those involved in the rescue and recovery efforts. As a member of the local community, we believe it’s important for IKEA to be a part of these efforts, too. At IKEA, we are one big family. And like family, we have come together to support one another. We have provided temporary housing for our Houston and Florida store market co-workers impacted by the hurricanes while we continued to pay all these co-workers through our WeCare Co-worker Emergency Relief Fund. We also gave our co-workers free meals at our staff café for a period of time. The IKEA family also extended into the community. To play our part in helping the community recover, we worked with our partners at the American Red Cross, Save the Children, FEMA and the Houston Food Bank.

This included:
•Creating thousands of care packages for the American Red Cross which consist of everyday home items, such as sheets, pillows, towels, and toys to help families get back on their feet;
•Donating products to Save the Children to create child-friendly spaces in rescue centers which enable children to play, socialize, and begin to recover after a disaster;
•Offering FEMA the use of our parking lot in our Houston store as a command center and the IKEA Houston restaurant as a disaster relief station where FEMA workers can meet families in need of assistance; and
•Coordinating a volunteer day at the Houston Food Bank where IKEA co-workers can take part in recovery efforts.
•Donating 10,000 blue bags to the Houston mayor’s office

Togetherness is at the heart of the IKEA culture. We will be together with our co-workers, customers, and the community for months and years as we rebuild after this terrible storm.

If you would like to join us in supporting these relief efforts you can donate to either or both of our partners at the links below:
Young refugee girl on bed

IKEA is donating 5,000 beds to refugee families

The current international refugee crisis is one of the greatest, most complex humanitarian challenges of our generation. Today, the number of people displaced from their homes by violence and persecution is unprecedented in human history.

IKEA is committed to creating a better everyday life and that includes respecting the basic human rights of every individual. Here in the United States, IKEA U.S. is supporting newly arrived refugee families in local IKEA store communities with a program called 5,000 Dreams. Through partner resettlement refugee organizations, IKEA will be donating 5,000 beds and bedding* to refugee families who are making fresh starts with their families.

“We believe every person has equal value and that the global family is strengthened when all of humanity is recognized,” says Evamay Lawson, IKEA U.S. Community Relations Manager. “We are pleased we can make a difference in our community’s refugee families by donating beds and bedding to help make their new homes comfortable with a good night’s sleep.”

“The way IKEA has demonstrated leadership in service and support to refugees is so humbling. 5000 Dreams is more than just a warm, safe place to lay one’s head. It is a statement of solidarity and compassion for people who never expected to find themselves displaced. As an international business, they are setting a high bar for both business and government leaders to do all they can to support the uprooted,” stated Lavinia Limon, President/CEO, U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants.

*5,000 beds and bedding will be donated between 2017 and 2018.

Customers and co-workers helping children

According to Feeding America, more than one out of five US children live in a household with food insecurity, which means they do not always know where they will find their next meal.

Now in its fourth year, the IKEA U.S. ‘Feeding the Future’ campaign aims at raising more than $400,000. These donations will help provide more than 4 million meals for children and families in local IKEA communities through Feeding America®, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization.

Through the ‘Feeding the Future’ campaign, IKEA U.S. will donate $1 to local Feeding America food banks for every healthy kids meal purchased in all IKEA US restaurants.

Additionally, IKEA customers can add $1 donations to the Feeding America network at all IKEA store registers at the cash lanes, customer restaurant, IKEA Bistro and IKEA Swedish Food Market.

Last year, the campaign raised more than $350,000, which was used to provide more than 3.8 million meals.

IKEA U.S. thanks its customers for their generous contributions to the IKEA in-store program, which has generated more than 8.8 million meals since it started in 2014.
IKEA fuels commitment to renewable energy

IKEA fuels commitment to renewable energy

IKEA US is increasing our commitment towards producing as much energy as we consume by installing a biogas-powered fuel cell system at four more stores: three California locations (Costa Mesa, Covina and San Diego), and our first fuel cell project on the east coast (New Haven, CT). Pending permits, these four fuel cell projects will be installed, commissioned and operational before the end of the year.

A year ago, we commissioned a system at IKEA Emeryville, one of our two San Francisco-area store. We are continuing with these investments in fuel cell technology as they reflect our goal to be energy independent by 2020. The total energy generating capacity by the combined five fuel cell systems will be 1.5 MW of energy.

Slightly larger than the physical size of a commercial back-up generator, each fuel cell project installed onsite at a store will supplement the solar arrays atop these five stores. And, by using biogas – instead of natural gas – we are ensuring the projects are carbon neutral.

“Plugging-in this fuel cell system is an exciting milestone that complements our existing rooftop solar array,” said Laurie Helm, IKEA Costa Mesa store manager. Paul Gandara, IKEA Covina store manager, added “Utilizing fuel cells will reduce greatly our carbon footprint and help create an even more sustainable community here in Southern California.”

Our current fuel cell projects that are on track to be operational by end of this year include:
  • Costa Mesa store – opened in 2003; store size: 308,000 SF on 24 acres FUEL CELL PROGRAM: 300 kW generating 2,497,651 kWh/year Equivalent to reducing 1,315 tons of CO2, 278 cars’ emissions or powering 194 homes
  • Covina store – opened in 2003; store size: 325,000 SF on 12.5 acres FUEL CELL PROGRAM: 200 kW generating 1,665,101 kWh/year Equivalent to reducing 877 tons of CO2, 185 cars’ emissions or powering 130 homes
  • Emeryville store – opened in 2000; store size: 274,000 SF on 15 acres FUEL CELL PROGRAM: 300 kW generating 2,497,651 kWh/year Equivalent to reducing 1,304 tons of CO2, 249 cars’ emissions or powering 163 homes
  • New Haven store – opened in 2004; store size: 311,000 SF on 20 acres FUEL CELL PROGRAM: 250-kw generating 2,081,376 kWh/year Equivalent to reducing 1,218 tons of CO2, 233 cars’ emissions or powering 163 homes
  • San Diego store – opened in 2000; store size: 198,000 SF on 10 acres FUEL CELL PROGRAM: 200-kW generating 1,665,101 kWh/year Equivalent of reducing 877 tons of CO2, 185 cars’ emissions, or powering 130 homes
We are working towards 100% renewable energy by 2020. In addition to the biogas-powered fuel cell systems in the U.S., we have installed solar arrays at 90% of our locations, integrated geothermal projects at two store locations and own two wind farms. Our sustainable efforts include recycling waste material, incorporating key measures into buildings with energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycled construction materials, warehouse skylights, water-conserving restrooms, no plastic bags in the check-out process and selling only LED lighting.

Let’s Play for Change



We at IKEA, believe all children have the right to play and need a safe space to be a child. The Lets’ Play for Change campaign specifically focuses on children’s rights to play and development, highlighting the benefits of play for all children. For every toy, book, game and selected Children’s furniture sold from November 20 – December 24, the IKEA Foundation will donate $1 for projects that support children’s development and learning, equal participation, sports and sports activities and play in some of the most marginalized and vulnerable communities in the world.

Many people are not aware that play is a basic need, and that every child has a right to it under the UN conventions on the Rights of the Child. To reach and support more children, IKEA is working with strong strategic partners recognized for their innovative approaches: Handicap International, Room to Read, Save the Children, Special Olympics, UNICEF and War Child.

Since 2003, the IKEA Foundation has donated $1 for every soft toy sold during the Soft Toys for Education campaign in IKEA stores in November and December. This campaign has raised over $97.7 million and has helped more than 12 million children in 46 countries have better schools, teachers and learning materials. In the United States, each of our stores work with organizations within their communities by donating soft toys to children in need. In 2015, we donated over 18,500 soft toys to local charities.
Bringing safety and comfort to families during emergencies with the American Red

Bringing safety and comfort to families during emergencies with the American Red Cross



IKEA is an American Red Cross Disaster Responder which ensures that support is provided on location following a disaster and resources are made available to help those in need.

In 2016 & 2015, IKEA stores created a total of 8,600 care packages to be used in emergency situations by local American Red Cross chapters. These care packages will allow the chapters to respond proactively in emergency situations. Each care package is a FRAKTA blue bag filled with IKEA items including sheets, pillows, towels, and washcloths.

IKEA FAMILY card supports children's literacy in the US



During May 2016, IKEA donated $75,000 to Save the Children’s Early Steps to School Success literacy program.

The Early Steps to School Success program is designed to assist children, from prenatal to age 5 with language, social and emotional development, to equip parents with the skills and knowledge to successfully support their child’s growth; and to develop strong home-school connections.

This year, four IKEA co-workers traveled to rural West Viriginia to see first-hand the Save the Children Early Steps to School Success program. Follow their journey, see pictures and read their reflections on our @IKEAusajourneys Instagram account!
Furniture donated for Save the Children emergency response in Texas

Furniture donated for Save the Children emergency response in Texas



In 2014, Save the Children estimates that over 68,500 unaccompanied children fled from Central America into the United States seeking refuge from violence, poverty and other difficulties in their countries. Many of them arrived in need of urgent care and assistance. Working with local community groups, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other organizations, Save the Children connected with the local assistance centers and is providing a long-term strategy to support children in this crisis.

As a longtime supporter of Save the Children and their efforts, IKEA US donated furniture for children in assistance centers in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and greater Houston area. The in-kind donations included children-sized tables, chairs, rugs and rocking chairs to create a more comfortable space for the children in need while they were in transition.
Customers and co-workers helping children
IKEA Feeding the Future campaign raises $100,000 for Feeding America

We raised enough to provide over 3.8 million meals for children and their families in our local communities!



According to Feeding America, more than one out of five US children live in a household with food insecurity, which means they do not always know where they will find their next meal.

Now in its third year, the IKEA U.S. ‘Feeding the Future’ campaign raised over $350,000. These donations will help provide more than 3.8 million meals for children and families in local IKEA communities through Feeding America®, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization.

IKEA U.S. thanks its customers for their generous contributions to the IKEA in-store program, which has generated more than 8.8 million meals since it started in 2014.
IKEA - Over $1 million donated from the US to support refugees

Brighter Lives for Refugees



Helping families forced to flee
This campaign has raised over $33.5 million since 2014 to help make refugee camps safer and let children study after sunset. When customers buy an LED light bulb or lamp, the IKEA Foundation donates $1 to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

The campaign has improved the lives of 380,00 refugees providing educational opportunities, solar street lights, solar lanterns and other renewable energy solutions.
Giving children the opportunity to get an education

Soft Toys for Education



Helping over 12 million children in 46 countries since 2003, the IKEA Foundation has donated $1 for every soft toy sold during the Soft Toys for Education campaign in IKEA stores in November and December.

This campaign has raised over $97.7 million and has helped more than 12 million children in 46 countries have better schools, teachers and learning materials.

In the United States, each of our stores work with organizations within their communities by donating soft toys to children in need. In 2015, we donated over 18,500 soft toys to local charities.
Sending a message of hope with UNICEF cards

Send a message of hope with UNICEF cards!



IKEA and UNICEF have a long-standing collaboration - since 1988, IKEA has sold UNICEF cards in our stores. During the holiday season, all of our US stores sold UNICEF cards with 100% of the proceeds donated to the UNICEF US Fund. To date, through the sales of the cards, IKEA has raised over $7 million dollars for UNICEF efforts in the United States.
US co-workers awarded the opportunity to travel to Kosovo as iWitness Ambassador
Co-workers see first-hand how the Soft Toys for Education help children in Kosovo


Our co-workers work hard to promote the Soft Toys for Education campaign in their stores so that we can donate more money to fund incredible educational projects run by Save the Children and UNICEF around the world. The IWitness program grants small groups of IKEA co-workers to visit some of these projects.

In 2015, IKEA US awarded six co-workers the opportunity to travel to Save the Children programs in Kosovo to see first-hand what a difference our support makes in the lives of children around the world.

The trips are an incredible opportunity to see first-hand what a difference our support makes in the lives of children. Save the Children has been working in Kosovo since 1997 establishing strong working relationships at local and national levels with ministries, institutions and the community in general.

While travelling, IKEA co-workers shared photos, thoughts and blogged about their experience. Our iWitness Ambassadors share their experiences so that all co-workers, customers, friends and family can see how, together with our partners, we are helping children create better opportunities for themselves and their families.
2015 IKEA social entrepreneurs texas collection refugee
IKEA Round Rock and Houston stores build collaboration with social entrepreneurs


Since 2012, IKEA has been creating collaborations with social entrepreneurs across the world that focus on benefitting social issues and creating lasting change in their communities. IKEA chooses to partner with artisans in small-scale producer groups who would not usually meet the company’s regular demands of supply due to their limited resources and small numbers. Through these partnerships we are creating something a little different for our customers - limited edition, hand-made collections that have been created with a social mission and still affordable for everyone.

In 2015, the IKEA Houston and IKEA Round Rock stores worked with the Austin-based Multicultural Refugee Coalition (MRC) and Open Arms to offer a limited edition textiles collection available for purchase only to Houston and Austin area customers. They collaborated with MRC because IKEA supports the organization’s social mission of providing job opportunity, fair wages and development to refugees in our communities. We applaud the sustainable efforts that Open Arms provides by creating unique items with reclaimed fabrics while providing empowerment through employment.
42 US charities to receive IKEA makeover and product donations

Over 200 local charities have received over $1.7 million in IKEA products, design expertise and manpower



This year 120 charities across the US received either a full IKEA makeover or smaller product donations as a result of this year’s IKEA Life Improvement Challenge. Since 2011, over 200 local charities have received over $1.7 million in IKEA products, design expertise and manpower.

Each year, IKEA receives many inspiring proposals from IKEA co-workers as candidates for the campaign. Then each store’s IKEA steering committee selects up to three organizations for co-workers and customers to vote online. The charitable organization, from each store market, with the highest number of online votes becomes the winner, and the 2nd and 3rd place winners receive a smaller donation of IKEA products.
Becoming energy independent
A person in a cotton field with a basket on their head

IKEA ranked #1 in sustainable cotton report

11/30/2017


For the second year IKEA has received the highest score in the ranking for sustainability performance in the latest Sustainable Cotton Report. Since 2015, all cotton in IKEA products comes from more sustainable sources.

The report, created by Pesticide Action Network (UK), Solidaridad and WWF, assesses consumer-facing companies who have significant cotton use and therefore play a prominent role in influencing sustainable cotton practices. Of the 75 companies assessed, IKEA is leading for change in the cotton industry. IKEA loves working with cotton. In fiscal year 2016, we used 130,000 tons for our bed linens, towels, furniture covers and more. That amounts to around 1% of the world’s cotton supply. But we are uncomfortable with the fact that conventional cotton production can have a negative environmental impact, and may be harmful for cotton farmers and their families – most who are smallholders with income levels close to or below the poverty line.

This is why we commit to sourcing all our cotton from more sustainable sources, and are working to improve conditions in the cotton supply chain. Organizations like the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) support farmers to improve their yields and incomes, enabling them to break the cycle of poverty.

IKEA is a founding member of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), a multi-stakeholder organization that aims to make cotton production better for the people who grow it, better for the environment, and better for the entire sector.
IKEA goal: 100% renewable by 2020

Our goal: 100% renewable by 2020



At IKEA, we want to have a positive impact on the environment, and be part of the solution to climate change, which is why by 2020 we’re going to be 100% renewable – producing as much renewable energy as we consume using renewable sources. This year, we made encouraging strides including…

● Fuel cells -IKEA US is increasing our commitment towards producing as much energy as we consume by installing a biogas-powered fuel cell system at five stores: four California locations (Costa Mesa, Covina, Emeryville and San Diego), and our first fuel cell project on the east coast (New Haven, CT).

● Wind Farms - In 2015, IKEA announced the purchase of our second wind farm with our 165 megawatt Cameron Wind Farm in Texas. Our first investment was made in 2014 with the purchase our 98 megawatt Hoopeston wind project in Illinois.

● Solar Panels – Currently, 90% of the IKEA US buildings are outfitted with solar panels.

● Geothermal – IKEA Centennial and IKEA Merriam stores were built with a geothermal unit which is a heating and cooling system

● In 2016, approximately 80% of waste in our US stores was recycled or turned into energy.
Charge your car while you shop – at select IKEA US stores

We love electric cars



At IKEA, sustainability means ensuring environmental, economic and social well-being for today and tomorrow. That’s why we have electric vehicle charging stations at select stores available for our visitors and our community to use. We want to enable our customers to live more sustainable lives, and this journey begins at our stores.

Electric vehicles have zero tailpipe emissions. By offering EV charging stations, we are supporting our visitors to reduce their carbon footprint. This furthers our commitment to have a positive impact on people and the planet.

Don’t forget to bring your Blink Incard to charge your car while you shop!

IKEA stores with EV charging stations:
• Tempe, Arizona
• Carson, California
• Costa Mesa, California
• Covina, California
• East Palo, California
• Emeryville, California
• San Diego, California
• Atlanta, Georgia
• Bolingbrook, Illinois
• Portland, Oregon
• Dallas, Texas
• Houston, Texas
• Seattle, Washington
IKEA & American Forests create a child-oriented ‘Forests’ video

IKEA US donates $75,000 to American Forests



In July, IKEA donated $75,000 to American Forests to help restore forests damaged or devastated by wildfire and provide wildlife habitat through 10 projects in 8 states (CA, CO, MI, MN, OR, TX, VA and WA)

IKEA donated $75,000 in 201X for restoring forests.

In total, IKEA US has contributed to planting more than 2.5 million trees in the USA.

IKEA and American Forests create a film for children
IKEA US and American Forests want children to know just how important forests and planting trees are to cleaning the air and cooling the globe.

To help educate children, a video has been created by American Forests, in collaboration with IKEA, that simply explains how forests and trees benefit all life on the planet, including wildlife, and help to slow or mediate climate change.

This video is currently being shown in all IKEA store’s Smaland playrooms, designated areas for children’s play and learning.