IKEA Sustainability Report 2015
On January 28th IKEA released its FY14 Sustainability Report. The results in different areas are impressive. For example, the company continues to follow through on its commitment to develop and own renewable electricity supplies, with a 2020 goal of producing more energy than it uses.
Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA Group, commenting on the report and the results, said, ““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.”
See IKEA’s press release here.
WWF and IKEA Partnership
IKEA has numerous sustainability goals. These are set out in its People & Planet Positive 2020 strategy, which articulates three principal areas of work: a more sustainable life at home, resource independence, and people and communities. Of particular interest to WWF are those to which our partnership contributes, which fall mainly within the resource independence workstream.
75% of the total partnership portfolio supports the forest programme, and by 2020 IKEA aims to source 100% of all wood used in products from more sustainable sources*. During FY14 IKEA reached 41%.
Since the partnership began in 2002, the partnership has directly contributed to the FSC certification of around 35 million ha of forest around the world.
Commenting on the partnership, Anders Hildeman, IKEA’s Global Forestry Manager said: “The WWF and IKEA partnership has allowed us to move faster than expected toward our 2017 goal of 50% FSC and recycled wood in our supply chain. Together, we share an ambition to improve the management of the world’s forests but we still have a lot of work to do to become Forest Positive by 2020.”
See page 22 of the report for further information on IKEA’s timber procurement.
Since 2005, WWF has also been working with IKEA on cotton, and both WWF and IKEA are founding members of the Better Cotton Initiative.
IKEA aims to source 100% cotton from more sustainable sources ** by the end of this year, making this goal the first to be achieved under its People and Planet Positive Strategy 2020.
Starting with cotton projects with only 450 cotton farmers in a training programme, today the Better Cotton Initiative has reached around 744,000 farmers with 24 implementing partners in 15 countries. ***
See page 27 of the report for more on IKEA’s work with more sustainable cotton.
* Wood from more sustainable sources means FSC-certified or recycled wood
** More sustainable sources include Better Cotton, cotton grown to other sustainability standards in the USA and cotton from farmers working towards the BCI standards.
*** From BCI Harvest Report 2013: “In 2013, over 744,000 farmers took part in training with 24 Implementing Partners and CmiA in 15 countries. Of these farmers, almost 680,000 farmers met all requirements to receive a license to grow Better Cotton. These farmers produced over 905,000 MT of Better Cotton."