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In reference to IKEA and palm oil

In reference to IKEA and palm oil

Although IKEA use only 0.1% of the total world production of palm oil, we still want to influence positively on where and how the palm oil is grown, harvested and processed, before it ends up in our candles (80% of the palm oil we use go into candles, the rest is mainly used in food products).
IKEA has decided to purchase RSPO GreenPalm Certificates for the full volume used in our products to help stimulate sustainable palm oil production. The first purchases will be made at the end of 2010. Based on what we know today, we believe that buying RSPO GreenPalm certificates is the best available solution. Read more at

A few years ago IKEA replaced paraffin in candles with palm stearin in an effort to achieve a smaller carbon dioxide footprint. With the knowledge we have today, we believe that actively contributing to more sustainable palm oil production is the most effective way forward towards more sustainable products. However, the quest for more sustainable raw materials is constant, and IKEA continues to investigate alternatives to palm oil.

Already in 2006 IKEA decided to get more involved in the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and from 2010 take an active role also in the Trade and Traceability workgroup. Our goal is to contribute to achieving lasting change for how the whole industry works. Read more at

If you want to know more about the IKEA approach to sustainable production, please read our Sustainability Report 2009 (the 2010 version will be published in the beginning of 2011).

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