Forestry and wood

Wood is an excellent material from a quality and environmental perspective, as long as it is legally produced and comes from responsibly managed forests. IKEA only accepts wood from high conservation value forest or intact natural forest if they are verified as responsibly managed. Our long-term goal is to source all wood for IKEA products from forests certified as responsibly managed.

Requirements on wood suppliers

IKEA works with a step-by-step staircase model to place increasingly higher demands on suppliers of wood for IKEA products. The staircase model is applicable to all suppliers of IKEA articles that contain solid wood, veneer, plywood or layer glued wood.

Forestry specialists at IKEA

The IKEA Group's forestry specialists are working in the field in our key wood-sourcing regions. These forestry specialists support business development towards the long-term goal of sourcing all wood used in the IKEA range from forests certified as responsibly managed, and help the IKEA trading service offices to trace the wood back to its origins.

Forest tracing

Each year IKEA suppliers must report the origin, volume and species of all wood used in IKEA products. IKEA can then identify the level of the staircase model the supplier has reached.
This information and a risk assessment are used to select a number of wood supply chains for closer evaluation. IKEA forestry specialists audit the suppliers' and sub-contractors' wood supply from the factory all the way back to the forest of origin. Rainforest Alliance Smart Wood Program, a third-party auditor, complements the IKEA auditing system by conducting a limited number of wood supply chain audits.

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Every year millions of copies of the IKEA Catalog, in many languages, are distributed to households all over the world. IKEA works actively towards sustainable production of the IKEA Catalog.

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