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IKEA group announces strong sustainability progress

IKEA group announces strong sustainability progress

The IKEA Group Sustainability Report for fiscal year (FY ) 2014, released today, shows its People & Planet Positive strategy is on track and delivering good results. Sustainability performance is announced today alongside strong financial results, which show an increase in total sales to EUR 28.7 billion, a 5.9% increase (adjusted for currency impact) from last year.

Sustainability highlights from FY14:

  • During the year, IKEA Group committed to own a further 87 wind turbines, bringing the total to 224, and installed 150,000 solar panels, increasing the total to 700,000 and taking the company a step closer to producing more renewable energy than the total energy it uses by 2020. By the end of 2015, we aim to have invested and committed to invest EUR 1.5 billion in renewable energy projects.
  • The sales value of products for a more sustainable life at home passed €1 billion, a 58% increase compared with FY13. These products enable people to save or generate energy, reduce water use, cut waste and live healthier lives.
  • 75% of all lighting products sold were LED or compatible with LED bulbs, which use 85% less energy and last 20 times longer than traditional (incandescent) bulbs. The entire IKEA lighting range will convert to LED by September 2015.
  • €66 million saved through energy efficiency efforts in stores and warehouses since FY10.
  • IKEA Group is one of the world’s largest buyers of FSC-certified wood in the retail sector, and 41% of its wood was FSC certified or recycled in FY14. All wood was sourced from suppliers that meet the IKEA forestry standard.
  • The share of cotton from more sustainable sources used in IKEA products reached 76%, meaning farmers use less chemicals and water, whilst increasing their earnings. IKEA is on track to reach its goal of 100% by the end of August 2015.
  • 47% of managers are women.
  • The IKEA Foundation donated €104 million in 2014 to projects that support millions of children in some of the world’s poorest communities.

“Sustainability is a key driver of innovation and an integral part of our business strategy. We see it as a great opportunity to improve our business. That’s why we’ve set ambitious 100% targets, for example for our LED lighting range, important raw materials and renewable energy. We are determined to grow IKEA while also having a positive impact on people and the planet,” Peter Agnefjäll, President and CEO, IKEA Group.

“Through our People & Planet Positive strategy, we want to make IKEA completely sustainable. I’m proud to say that we’re making good progress in transforming the supply of key materials, with over ¾ of our cotton and 41% of our wood now from more sustainable sources, and we’re investing in renewable energy to bring us closer to our goal of being energy independent. And by making energy-efficient LED affordable and attractive, we’ve enabled millions of people to live a little more sustainably,”Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA Group.

Here in the UK and Ireland:

  • During FY14 we completed the roll-out of our solar panel offer in partnership with Hanergy to all 18 UK stores. We aim to make solar affordable and attractive to as many people as possible. So we’re pleased to see our panels are being bought by people with smaller homes than the average UK solar customer - our competitive prices and pay as you earn Solarloan mean households who were previously priced out to the market can now invest in solar.
  • This year we planted our 750,000th tree with the Woodland Trust. IKEA UK is on track to plant its 1 millionth tree by the end of November 2015.
  • We have invested £9 million to upgrade all our store lighting to LED, which has helped contribute to a 5% reduction in energy use whilst our volume of business has grown.
  • Our sales of products for a more sustainable life at home grew by 32% compared with FY13. These products enable people to save or generate energy, reduce water use, cut waste and live healthier lives.
  • A continued focus on involving our co-workers in all aspects of our sustainability agenda (including the opportunity to try out our more sustainable life at home products in their own homes) helped achieve an 8% increase in co-worker awareness around sustainability. This helps our team act as ambassadors to engage our customers as we roll out our sustainability business goals.
  • IKEA UK contributed over £900,000 in 2014 to The IKEA Foundation projects that support millions of children in some of the world’s poorest communities.
  • In recognition of our work on the sustainability journey in FY14 IKEA UK&IE won the BusinessGreen Leaders Company of the Year Award and the National Business Award for sustainability.
    The IKEA Sustainability Report FY14 is available at (under About IKEA, People & Planet).

For further information, please contact:

Viky Anderson,
IKEA UK Press Office,
0845 225 7126

About IKEA Group
The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people. Our business idea supports this vision by offering a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them. The IKEA Group with 147 000 co-workers, has 318 stores in 28 markets and operations in 43 countries. E-commerce is offered in 13 markets. There are more than 40 stores run by franchisees outside the IKEA Group. For more information, please visit