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RESOURCES & ENERGY

We're creating positive changes

CLIMATE & ENERGY

To change everything, we need everyone

We all must collaborate to face one of the humanity's biggest challenges and be able to leave our children and their children a safe and prosperous future on this planet.

Learn about the history of climate change and discover what we all can do to take action.

1 billion euros to tackle climate change

Climate change needs urgent action. This is why IKEA Group and IKEA Foundation have provided 1 billion euros.

Learn about the history of climate change and discover what we all can do to take action.

Did you know that IKEA Group will produce all the renewable energy needed in its facilities by 2020?

600 million euros. This commitment builds on the 1.5 billion euros invested in solar and wind energy since 2009, for the construction of 314 wind turbines and the installation of almost 700 000 solar panels on IKEA buildings.

400 million euros to help the communities
IKEA Foundation's funding commitment will allow to improve the resilience of the most disadvantaged communities to climate change, and will help them adopt renewable technologies in their homes, schools, communities and businesses.

We've determinedly bet on LEDs

Did you know LED technology uses 85% less energy than incandescent bulbs and lasts up to 20 years?

WOOD

We love wood

We love wood because it's a durable, renewable and recyclable material. As one of the retail sector's largest user of wood, we're constantly looking for new ways of using it wisely. Watch our videos to learn about our way of protecting and conserving such a precious resource.

Download information about our objective of becoming "forest positive" by 2020

Listen to the opinion of Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer of IKEA Group, about the goal of becoming "forest positive" by 2020.

See how Egle Petrylaite, specialist in forestry, works closely with our suppliers to guarantee that wood is obtained responsibly.

Well-defined standards for responsible forestry

Our IWAY Forestry Standard sets clear requirements that must be met for all wood used in IKEA products. It includes the banning of the wood collected illegally (from sources involved in forest-related social conflicts, or from high conservation value forests). All suppliers must comply with this standard before beginning deliveries. We strengthen our relationships with suppliers carrying out certification audits to guarantee compliance.

Forest certification in collaboration with WWF

We collaborate with WWF and other organisations to fight against illegal logging and promote responsible timber trade. IKEA and WWF have been working together since 2002 to support credible forest certification. Part of their job consists in mapping and protecting high conservation value forests to secure the social and biological forest values. So far, we've helped improve forest management in Europe and Asia, and contributed to increase FSC® certified forest areas by around 35 million hectares (the equivalent to Germany’s size) in the countries we're working with.If you want to obtain more information about our partnership, visit WWF’s website

Constant improvements

Many years ago we found out that some of our paper products contained fibres of tropical hard wood. That wasn't in line with our standards. After a full investigation, we improved our internal procedures to make sure this couldn't happen again.

We don't use illegally logged walnut wood
Five years ago our forestry experts detected illegal walnut logging in China. So, we stopped using this type of wood in the manufacturing of our products. Therefore, the MOLGER bathroom series is now made of birch coming from certified forests.

More information about how we work with forestry

In addition to suppliers meeting the IWAY Forestry Standard, the quantity of wood from more sustainable sources – recycled wood and wood from forests with the FSC® certificate – was already of a 50% in 2015. Our goal is that by 2020 it's of a 100%.
To obtain more information about this effort, visit FSC®’s website

Reports & Downloads

Thanks to Better Cotton Initiative (initiative for a better cotton), cotton cultivation will be more positive for both the people and the planet.

COTTON

We're all-in for cotton coming from more sustainable sources

We're pleased to announce that since September 1st 2015, all the cotton we use in IKEA products comes from more sustainable sources. This means that less water, chemical fertilisers and pesticides will be needed, while increasing profit margins for farmers.

The products manufactured before the 1st of September 2015 will still be marketed at the stores, until they get exhausted. It will be a small amount of a reduced group of products.

Thanks to Better Cotton Initiative (initiative for a better cotton), cotton cultivation will be more positive for both the people and the planet.

Why sustainable cotton is important

Cotton is one of our most important raw materials. It's found in many IKEA products such as sofas, cushions, bed sheets and mattresses. Although we love working with cotton, we're uncomfortable with the fact that its conventional cultivation is often harmful to the environment and the people grow it.

Conventional cotton farming uses large amounts of chemicals and water. These practices often lead to important health risks for farmers, soil erosion and requires huge amounts of water. Its cost is greater and, as large part of the cotton is grown on small farms in developing countries, farmers struggle to make a profit.

Therefore, we've decided to find a way to tackle these challenges and improve the cotton industry

Taking steps to transform the cotton industry

Over a decade ago, IKEA took the first steps to transform cotton production. Along with WWF and other institutions, we designed the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), with which we aim to make global cotton production better for the people involved, for the environment it grows in and for the future of the sector.

Since 2005, we've been working with WWF to make cotton farming more sustainable. Our work started with 500 farmers from Pakistan. At first, they were reluctant about the idea of changing their cultivation techniques. But after a year, the results where so significant that the majority of them joined our projects in India and Pakistan.

Through the courses taught in the schools about the land, together with our partner's collaboration, around 110 000 farmers have learned more sustainable farming methods. This initiative has enabled this farmers to cut costs, increase their profits and improve their working conditions. As a result, they can provide a better quality of life for their families and even afford schooling for their children.

One step further

We're proud of having reached the 100% of our objectives, but we won't stop there. At IKEA we've committed ourselves to improve the entire cotton industry. Today, 72% of the cotton we use is from Better Cotton and 20% is recycled cotton. Our vision is that more sustainable cotton becomes a mainstream raw material – accessible and affordable to the people that participate in our business.

Cotton from more sustainable exploitations The 20% of the cotton we use in IKEA products is recycled. The remaining 80% comes from the following sources:

  • Better Cotton: 72%
  • Towards Better cotton*: 23%
  • Another more sustainable cotton, like that from the E3 programme at the EE. UU.: 5%
  • *Towards Better cotton is a standard developed by IKEA that follows the same principles and criteria as Better Cotton, to become Better Cotton.

WATER

Treating water with respect

Water is essential for life – but clean, fresh water is a luxury in some parts of the world. Because of this, the fact that water comes in quantity and quality, is an important issue for us and our suppliers. By working with others, we aim to contribute to an improved water management in the areas we operate, to make sure there is enough clean water for the ecosystems, the people and the communities.

Working together to save water and energy in India.

For some factories in south India, the only way to obtain enough water is by transporting it 50km. Obsolete machinery and polluted water supply often make production less water and energy efficient. Jansons, a textiles supplier based in Erode, south India, was inspired by IKEA People & Planet Positive strategy and started collaborating in a project to tackle the problem. Measures taken included a wastewater recycling system for printing, a new dyeing process that uses less water and ensures that motors only run when needed.

"Our manufacturing process is in an area of water and energy scarcity, which was a nightmare for us”, says Mr Thirukumar, Managing Director of Jansons Industries. “With IKEA’s support, we saw the difference the project was making and this motivated us to look for more opportunities. With the support of our employees, so far we've saved over 285 Mwh of energy and 69 million litres of water."

Thinking ahead: how to save water for the future

Over 23 million people in Bangladesh don’t have safe drinking water.

”I don’t want my children and grandchildren to be part of that statistic. I want to make sure my company doesn't do anything that leaves trouble for future generations,”says Shah S Alam, managing director of Unilliance, an IKEA textiles supplier in Bangladesh. He's played a very important role in the water projects IKEA has initiated at the company, and he's pushing Unilliance to take part in even more ambitious projects to save water.

“When we started working with IKEA, we already had an effluent treatment plant to remove pollutants from our wastewater before it returns to the environment. But IKEA suggested us to think of ways to reduce and reuse this wastewater.

For example, after some simple changes we know how to use our wastewater to cool down our machinery. This saves us around 100m3 of water each day, enough to fill 15 Olympic pools a year!”

“In 5 to 10 years the laws in Bangladesh will change – everyone will have to reuse their wastewater. Working with IKEA has placed us at the head of the group, and our customers are already noticing the difference,” he says.

WASTES

Recycling in the big, blue box

Our goal is to eliminate waste from our operations. By 2020, the 90% of the waste from our operations will be recycled or energy recovered, of which 80% of the waste from our stores or distribution centres will be recycled material.

Bring your recycling to IKEA!
We want to make recycling as easy as possible, which is why we offer the possibility of recycling your wastes at the IKEA stores. Did you know that you can leave batteries and compact fluorescent light bulbs at most IKEA stores?

Creating a circular economy
We're working towards a circular IKEA, where resources are used in a more efficient way in a cycle of repair, reuse and recycling. At many stores, customers can return unwanted IKEA furniture to be resold or donated to charity. In some countries, we have a system of mattress returning, where the used mattresses are sent for energy recovery or are material recycled. In some stores we also collect customer’s unwanted textiles. This is the beginning of an exciting journey of closing the loop at IKEA.

DID YOU KNOW THAT
in 2015, the 89% of our residues were recycled in our operations?

FOODS

Food that make you feel better

We want to offer you food that’s delicious, sustainable and nutritional. That’s why we include a variety of more sustainable and organic options at our IKEA Restaurants and Swedish Food Markets. We're always carefully selecting ingredients that have been certified to meet standards of environmental and social responsibility, while also adding new healthier products to our range.

Enjoy a serving of veggies in the shape of a ball

Our veggie balls, suitable for vegans, are made with fresh ingredients, such as chickpeas, green peas, carrots, bell peppers, corn and kale. They’re a delicacy that’s full of protein and nutrients. Plus, they also have a lower carbon footprint. All in all, they’re a delicious alternative to our iconic meatballs.

We guarantee the sustainable sourcing of our food.

Responsibly sourced salmon

Healthy and tasty fish make for happy and healthy customers. This is what IKEA wanted when we decided to be part of a dialogue with environmental experts; together we developed responsible salmon farming standards that respect both the fish and the environment. All IKEA salmon comes from Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ACS) certified fish farms.

Offering you tasty and more sustainable seafood

All the wild-caught fish and seafood served and sold at IKEA come from fish farms with the MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) certificate. The MSC certified seafood has been obtained following sustainable and respectful fishing practices that protect seafood supplies for generations to come.

We've got some great organic options for you

You'll always find organic food at the Swedish Food Market, such as cranberry jam, coffee and cookies. You'll also find at least one organic food choice in our restaurants, besides from a children's organic menu.

Coffee of quality from the source

All the coffee we sell in our Swedish Food Markets is produced in an environmentally and socially respectful way. It's UTZ certified, which means that it meets strict, independent requirements that ensure its sustainable farming and optimal conditions for workers. If you want, you can even trace the origin of the coffee you buy at utzcertified.org/ikea

Eat chocolate without remorse

The cocoa in IKEA labelled chocolate meets very strict requirements that guarantee its sustainable farming and optimal conditions for workers. Look for products with the UTZ certification label in our Swedish Food Market. If you want to trace the origin of the cocoa in our UTZ certified chocolate bars, visit utzcertified.org/ikea

We've got some great organic options for you

You'll always find organic food at the Swedish Food Market, such as cranberry jam, coffee and cookies. You'll also find at least one organic food choice in our restaurants, besides from a children's organic menu.