WWF and IKEA are committed to making responsible forest management the norm across the forest sector.

By managing and protecting forests, tackling threats such as forest degradation, supporting laws that combat illegal trade in timber, and helping people buy and use wood wisely, our aim is to ensure forests and the people that depend on them, have a healthy future.

Starting with five forest projects in 2002, we now have eight joint projects in ten different countries. These have helped improve forest management in Europe and Asia, and contributed to the certification of around 35 million hectares of responsibly managed forest.

Many challenges remain but together, WWF and IKEA are demonstrating how forest stewardship is good for business, livelihoods, and forests.

 

Find out more in the partnership forest factsheet and the partnership forest report

 

Learn more about forest sector transformation

 

Stories

Behind the flatpack – how IKEA is helping protect virgin forest in Romania

 
Strong, light, flexible, attractive and renewable – wood is the ultimate raw material. No one knows this better than global home furnishings giant IKEA. One of the biggest users of timber in the retail sector, a full two thirds of the company’s product sales contain wood. And yet while we all enjoy the affordable Scandinavian style IKEA brings to our homes, we perhaps don’t often stop to think about what’s behind the innovative design and the flatpack.

 

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Vietnamese smallholders help end deforestation

 
In the foothills of Vietnam’s Annamite mountains, hundreds of small forest owners are joining forces to produce sustainable acacia used in furniture around the world. With much of the country’s plantations owned by individuals, expanding the approach may be the best chance for saving forests in the Greater Mekong

 

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Rattan - an alternative source of income for smallholders in Laos

Rattan is a palm that grows in the tropical regions of Africa and Asia. Its many uses include furniture-making, handicrafts and building. A naturally renewable non-timber forest product (NTFP) that’s relatively easy to harvest, it can help alleviate pressure on natural forests by providing local communities with an alternative source of income.
However, over-harvesting and land conversion are causing a rapid decline of natural rattan.

 

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IKEA and WWF – together we make a difference!

 

“We have chosen to partner with WWF to help us on our journey towards being People and Planet Positive”, says Simon Henzell-Thomas, Sustainability Policy Manager & Head of Stakeholder Engagement at Inter IKEA Group. “IKEA and WWF share objectives on the responsible and sustainable use of natural resources. WWF has deep expertise in the timber and cotton markets, both important raw materials for IKEA, which makes them a natural partner to help support and challenge us towards our ambitious sustainability goals.”

 

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Smallholders in China See Fruits of Certification

 

"The forest was left to us by our ancestors. We should take good care of it. Only when we look after it can it look after us.” Ye Linchang is a forest ranger near Shufang Town, in Northern Fujiang Province. He’s seen first-hand the difference FSC certification can make in people’s lives. When the Longtai Company took over the contract for the local bamboo forests in 2013, lives changed. Longtai is a supplier for IKEA and has to match up to the Swedish giant’s rigorous requirements – one of which is, wherever possible, FSC certification. With the support of WWF and Chinese government agencies, Longtai worked with local producers to help them improve their operations and meet the standard.

 

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World's largest print run now carries FSC label

IKEA’s 2015 catalogue, which reaches over 200 million people worldwide, is the largest print production ever to be fully FSC certified involving the coordination of printing 67 editions in 32 languages, and the use of more than 100,000 tonnes of FSC Mix Credit certified paper.

 

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Taking FSC to the next level

 

WWF and IKEA have been partners since 2002, with forests the heart of our work together. WWF and IKEA strongly support FSC but they also stress that the General Assembly must take a close look at FSC’s priorities. Where can FSC have the biggest impact on forests and people and how can it become even more efficient?


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Seeing the woods for the trees

 

Spanning more than a decade the WWF and IKEA partnership has transformed the forestry sector by expanding the market for more sustainable products.

 

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