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Together we can create a more sustainable future

We would like to inspire and to enable as much people as possible across the globe to live more sustainably - and to make their more sustainable living affordable and easy.

Of course, we’re doing our part. We're thoroughly transforming our ways of working to become circular and climate positive business and to have a positive social impact wherever we work.Our goal is to use recycled and renewable materials as much as possible, eliminate waste in our operations and change the way we design products and the services we offer to extend the life of IKEA products which we should be seen as resources which can be recycled and prepared for the future.

A young woman turning to look at someone while she washes and cuts up pieces of fruit by the kitchen sink.
A young woman turning to look at someone while she washes and cuts up pieces of fruit by the kitchen sink.

Putting people first

Our vision of “creating a better everyday life for the many people” also means to respect and create a better life for people and communities directly influenced by our business. From our co-workers and suppliers, to children and families living in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities – we always strive to promote equality, diversity and respect for human rights in everything we do.

Fair conditions and a safe work environment

We want to create a positive social impact for everyone across our value chain and believe that everyone deserves the right to be treated fairly.

One way to ensure this by working closely with our suppliers and through our code of conduct, called the IWAY Standard, plays an important role in these positive developments. It ensures a safe and healthy work environment and prevents pollution to air, ground and water, as well as at least minimum wages and overtime compensation.

Save money - and make a difference, without leaving your home

We have so many home furnishing solutions to make your home more sustainable. You can save so much energy with our LED lamps, induction hobs, fridges, freezers and washing machines.

Even simple switching from a regular water tap to one of our water-saving taps can reduce your water usage - as simple as that!And let's not forget about our food storage solutions - they can help to prevent waste. Combine it with our waste sorting solutions which can make recycling simple and you'll see the beauty of these small actions – they all add up.

LED bulbs use 85% less energy

We’ve switched our entire lighting range to energy efficient LED – one of the ways we are going all-in to tackle climate change.

Using resources within the limits of our planet

In IKEA, we are tiressly looking for ways to get the most out of every step in our production. It won't be an overstatement to say that making more from less is one of the most important pillars of the IKEA culture.

Our two biggest raw materials today are cotton and wood - and they are used in many of our products. It is very important for us to know that these materials are sourced and used in a sustainable way. We are certainly believe that it can make a big difference for our planet.

With cotton, we have already reached one important goal. Since 2015, all the cotton we use for IKEA products comes from more sustainable sources. This means that the cotton is either recycled, or grown with less water, chemical fertiliser and pesticide, while increasing profit margins for farmers.

When it comes to wood, our goal is to source all of our wood from more sustainable sources by 2020.

We are working hard in order to achieve our goals. For example we’ve switched our entire lighting range to energy-efficient LED solutions and all of the cotton we use in our products comes from more sustainable sources. And of course, we are moving towards 100% renewable energy – producing as much as we consume. But there are still a lot things to do and we’re just getting started...

Cotton and wood from more sustainable sources

All of the cotton we use for our products comes from more sustainable sources. Our aim is that by 2020, this will be the case for 100% of the wood we use.

We’ll soon be energy independent!

In 2020, we will produce as much renewable energy as we consume, thanks to huge investments in wind turbines and solar panels.