Natural growth forest is seperated from plantation land by a buffer zone in Vietnam


Transforming Business for People and Planet


WWF and IKEA are working together to safeguard and manage precious natural resources and transform business for the benefit of people and planet. Through engagement, innovation and advocacy, the partnership is driving the development of more sustainable cotton and timber markets.

Since 2002, we have worked to improve forest management and fight illegal logging, as well as reduce water and pesticide use and improve livelihoods in cotton farming. And today we are collaborating with other companies and networks to shape progressive regulations and stimulate sector-wide innovation.

Working with WWF’s Forests and Markets Practices, our combined expertise and market power give us the ability to influence entire markets and inspire sustainable business practices, delivering conservation and resource stewardship that would not otherwise be possible. Find out more in the partnership factsheet.

How WWF works with business


FOrest stories

Lila Ditra Poudel stands among cardamom plants_Nepal Karine Aigner_WWFUS
New Report: Sustainable Business Using the Landscape Approach

Sustainable Business Using the Landscape Approach makes a case for the private sector to adopt landscape approaches to sustainably strengthen and increase cost effectiveness within their supply chains. Many company leaders now acknowledge that sustainability is not only good for the planet, but also good for their bottom line. Adopting a landscape approach as many companies have chosen to do is an attractive entry point into the circular economy and can both help address environmental concerns while still maintaining company profitability. The report is funded by IKEA as part of the forest programme within the WWF and IKEA partnership.
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Women cross a river on their way to work in Bardia, Nepal.
WWF report puts spotlight on ’Unseen Foresters’, calls for greater recognition of communities’ role in sustainable forest management

Undertaken by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) ”Unseen Foresters”: an assessment of approaches for wider recognition and spread of sustainable forest management by local communities” investigates innovative, tested approaches and means of verification that could help recognise, strengthen and spread sustainable forest management, in particular in tropical countries within the huge collective or individual smaller-scale forest users. The study looks at the world from the point of view of the forest managers amongst indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLC´s), and assesses how both landscape governance and supply chain approaches work and how successful they are in achieving WWF´s global forests goals. Read more here

Vietnam_ James Morgan_WWF
Community leaders in Central Vietnam pioneer a sustainable forestry model

What started as a gathering of small forest plantation owners in Central Vietnam has grown into a model of sustainable forestry that the Deputy Prime Minister recently recommended to be replicated nationwide — a notable achievement thanks to a collaboration between the provincial government, Vietnamese smallholders, WWF and IKEA. This successful forestry model is benefiting local livelihoods while protecting forests and bringing more sustainable products into the global marketplace, an example of what is possible when a global company, an NGO and smallholders work together.
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Dawn in Manu Learning Center, Rio Alto Madre de Dios , July 16 ,
We welcome you on a virtual tour to discover life and sounds from the Peruvian Amazon

Thousands of amazing species live in sustainably managed forests in the Tahuamanu Province of the Madre de Dios region in the Peruvian Amazon. The majority of the forests in this region are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) which assures the wildlife and habitats in those forests are being safeguarded. Cameras and sound recorders were installed to monitor and study its thriving wildlife.
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Blue and yellow macaw (Ara ararauna); Madre de Dios, Peru

Listening to the Forest
From birdsongs to the calls of frogs, the buzzing of billions of insects or the cries of monkeys, the sounds of tropical forests make up a rich symphony. But does logging cause a discord, or is it possible to harvest timber while preserving this harmony?
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Forest management Romania_James Morgan
Continuity and perseverance for impact in the Green heart of Europe

In the Danube-Carpathian Region, sometimes referred to as the Green Heart of Europe, the partnership between WWF and IKEA works to promote responsible and sustainable forest management practices; climate-resilient forests; and biodiversity rich forest landscapes to provide a full range of ecosystem services and goods for the well-being of local communities. Originally focused just in Romania, our cooperation in the Central and Eastern European (CEE) region now stretches across 4 countries.
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FSC audit at JSC (с) WWF-Russia
First FSC-certified forest in the Russian Caucasus paves way for sustainable forest management

An important milestone for the sustainable forest management of beech tree forest has been achieved in the Russian Caucasus as the largest forest leaseholder of Adygea forests, JSC Forest, has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The procedure was implemented in the framework of the WWF-IKEA Partnership and initiated by IKEA with support of WWF-Russia. The Russian Caucasus is the only territory in Russia with beech tree forest.
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Dvina-Pinega Landscape Reserve
New landscape reserve established in Russian Arkhangelsk region after 17 years of advocacy

A new landscape reserve has been established in the Russian Arkhangelsk region after 17 years of advocacy by WWF-Russia and other environmental NGO´s, with financial support from corporate partners such as IKEA . The secured area will protect 300 000 hectares of rapidly disappearing Northern taiga, the last large array of intact forests in Europe.
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(c) WWF-Russia, Mikhail Klimenko_Planting of Buxus colchica seedlings in the greenhouse on the opening day – 6
Saving a 20 million-year-old tree from extinction

A pest introduced before the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia almost obliterated the ancient Buxus colchica tree – but efforts to bring it back are growing. The Buxus colchica is one of the few tree species in the world to survive the Ice Age without any changes. A rare tree species, the Buxus colchica grew in forests across Eurasia and had remained unchanged for 20 million years. The trees are part of boxwood forests, a distinctive feature of the Caucasus mountain range that was still forming around the time the Buxus colchica tree first appeared.
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Jaguar in a tree, Brazil
Responsible forest management in the Peruvian Amazon can help preserve wildlife

Low-impact logging practices in commercial tropical forests can contribute to wildlife protection and complement protected areas to provide habitat for many species in the Amazon, according to new research published in Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation. The research, conducted in Tahuamanu Province, Madre de Dios region in Peru, evaluated the impact of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified forest management on biodiversity. The findings reveal that FSC-certified concessions have a greater richness of species such as amphibians, insects and monkeys than non-FSC certified logging concessions, and that the make-up of species in FSC-certified sites is more similar to undisturbed forest areas than non-certified logging sites.
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Mac Stone_WWF US
The Timber Scorecard 2019

The 2019 Timber Scorecard – the last in a three-part series – assesses businesses on their timber product sourcing policies and performance and assigns each a score from 0 Trees (no/limited evidence of policies in place) to 3 Trees (performing well against procurement policies). In doing so, the Scorecard aims to stimulate further transparency, inform consumers and support national and international commitments in the procurement of sustainably sourced timber products.
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Paeonia Kavachensis
Russian Caucasus to protect biodiversity during logging operations

The WWF and IKEA partnership has contributed to the development of regulations aimed at protecting biodiversity in one of Russia’s biodiversity-rich regions, Caucasus. Currently IKEA does not source wood from the region, however, they are committed to contributing to a greater good that goes beyond the company’s own needs. Regulation is a critical element for responsible forest management and the FSC certification in turn makes the wood sourced from Caucasus more competitive and attractive to buyers, similar to IKEA.
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Ukrainian primeval forests to be protected as “nature monuments”
Ukrainian primeval forests to be protected as “nature monuments”

WWF welcomes the decision of the Ukrainian Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources to approve a methodology for the identification and conservation of primeval, old-growth, and natural forests. In recent years, WWF in Ukraine with the support of IKEA, DEG and the Succow Foundation — have completed extensive work for the preliminary identification of virgin and old growth forests in the Ukrainian Carpathians.

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IKEA focuses on sustainable designs and recyclable materials

Ikea sharpens focus on renewable and recyclable materials that will contribute to a circular society. New design ideas will make it possible to repair, reuse and reassemble IKEA products – giving them a longer life and endowing them with an elevated emotional value for customers.

Smallholders — our best hope for sustainability
Smallholders — our best hope for sustainability

Vietnam is one of the world’s largest exporters of wood and wood products. Overall exports in 2016 were valued at nearly $7 billion. Yet its forests, ravaged by war and degraded by logging and land clearance, contain almost no untouched primary forest and the country imports a significant amount of timber, some still from unsustainable sources that drive deforestation in neighbouring countries. A joint venture with home furnishing giant and WWF corporate partner, IKEA, SBARP promotes responsible production by small-scale producers across Vietnam, Lao PDR and Cambodia, supports government forest restoration plans and helps the private sector meet legal requirements.

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Marrying commerce and conservation in the Carpathians
Marrying commerce and conservation in the Carpathians

In Europe, we often look to the great tropical rainforests of the world for beauty, inspiration and diversity. Yet on our doorstep there is still natural heritage beyond compare. Forest Stewardship Council certification (FSC) and World Heritage recognition are both critical in the fight for Europe’s ancient beech forests. Protecting this heritage is as much a socio-economic and cultural endeavour as it is a scientific one, requiring a marriage of commerce and conservation. And this is precisely the approach that WWF has pursued for more than a decade in partnership with local communities, business and government, IKEA included.

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New partnership project – responsible rubber plantations for smallholders in Thailand
New partnership project – responsible rubber plantations for smallholders in Thailand

WWF and IKEA are starting a new project in Thailand to identify opportunities for smallholders to manage responsible rubber plantations and harvest wood from rubber trees. Once successful approaches are established, the partnership will support stronger legislation and improved certification criteria that help smallholders.

Skövling av akacia i Vietnam
Short film: Together Possible Collaboration for responsible smallholder production of Acacia

IKEA, FSC and WWF cooperate with smallholder farmers growing to ensure that Acacia is grown in a way that is better for the environment and for the local communities. Together we contribute successfully to forest community development and promise a more sustainable future for our forests.

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Höstskog i Ryssland
In Russia’s wild forests a good map helps everyone see the wood for the trees

Recognising we can’t protect or manage what we don’t know, a decade ago, WWF and IKEA set out to map High Conservation Value (HCV) forest in Russia. The result is a powerful digital tool that reveals forest values and helps reconcile competing needs for the benefit of all stakeholders.

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New IKEA forestry standard raises sustainability baseline

IKEA’s expanded IWAY Forestry Standard now covers bamboo, rattan and paper, adding almost 5m m3 RWE to its scope, and demonstrating the power of partnership.

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Piatra Craiului National Park, Rumänien
IKEA and WWF – together we make a difference!

“IKEA and WWF share objectives on the sustainable use of natural resources. With deep expertise in forests, cotton and water – all important raw materials for IKEA – WWF is a natural partner on our journey towards being People and Planet Positive and delivering on our ambitious sustainability goals.”

Lena Pripp-Kovac, Sustainability Manager,
IKEA Range & Supply

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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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Lastbil med akacia
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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The tree canopy, beech forest, Maramures Romania.
Chainsaws & Tree Huggers in the Land of Fairy Tales

How WWF and IKEA are marrying commerce and conservation in Maramureș, Romania, and helping protect some of Europe’s last remaining old growth Forests.

Photographs by iLCP Fellow James Morgan, words by Justin Woolford for WWF.
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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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Bambuskog i Kina
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
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?

Stoltillverkning på IKEA
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.

COTTON stories

Rejuvenating land through agro-forestry

Farmer Bashaveni Ramadevi, 45, of Ghanapur village in Telangana’s Karimnagar district, has 18 acres of land on which she grows cotton, maize and paddy. But constantly faces the vexing problem of soil erosion. So, when she heard of an innovative new project encouraging cotton farmers in the district to start a mango plantation on their land as a means to check erosion, she was eager to be involved.
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Mr.Laxman Rao Borade uses the Cotton Doctor app – Photo Baba Saheb Mhask, WWF-India
WWF-India Improves Access to Technology for Tens of Thousands of Cotton Farmers

Cotton is a major cash crop in the Jalna district of Maharastra, India, but cotton farmers there can experience numerous challenges. Frequent drought and extended dry spells, along with complex geological conditions make accessing water difficult. Cotton farmers often require real-time data and support to help make informed decisions about what preventative or mitigating actions to take. The ‘Cotton Doctor’ mobile app, which the WWF and IKEA partnership works with, is an Android and web-based decision support system which helps cotton farmers to tackle challenges such as weather, water and pests.
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Händer och bomull
How a partnership between WWF and IKEA sowed the seeds of change across a global industry

It took nearly a decade to get from identifying the problem to setting up the BCI system, but it’s scaled in quite an amazing way and it might be fully conceivable that 25 per cent of global production will be Better Cotton in the next couple of years. The challenge now is to maintain that growth and to keep improving.

Piatra Craiului National Park, Rumänien
IKEA and WWF – together we make a difference!

“IKEA and WWF share objectives on the sustainable use of natural resources. With deep expertise in forests, cotton and water – all important raw materials for IKEA – WWF is a natural partner on our journey towards being People and Planet Positive and delivering on our ambitious sustainability goals.”

Lena Pripp-Kovac, Sustainability Manager,
IKEA Range & Supply

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Umul Baneen
Better Cotton, Better Life

Umul Baneen is a hard-working woman from Maqboolabad, a rural town in the heart of Punjab in Pakistan’s cotton-growing region. I had the pleasure to meet her and her husband, and hear their story as part of my work as coordinator for WWF Pakistan’s Sustainable Cotton Initiative. This work aims to improve lives and livelihoods of smallholders.

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Sustainable Cotton Has a Demand Problem
Sustainable Cotton Has a Demand Problem

International clothing brands and retailers have a crucial role to play in securing the future of the market for more sustainable cotton. Various types of sustainable cotton production — ‘organic,’ ‘Better Cotton’ and ‘fair trade’ — have grown enormously over the last five years and now make up over 10 percent of total global supply. As a result, buying more sustainable cotton has never been easier. And leading companies such as IKEA and H&M are showing it’s possible to use 100 percent more sustainable cotton in all their products.

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Kvinna plockar bomull, Pakistan
IKEA first major retailer to use only cotton from more sustainable sources

IKEA achieves its goal of sourcing 100 per cent of its cotton from more sustainable sources – an important milestone on a journey that began 11 years ago at a small meeting in Sigtuna, Sweden.

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Market Transformer: IKEA raises bar for sustainable seafood offering 100% certified ASC

IKEA has committed to offering its 600 million customers worldwide over 23 different seafood products certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) for wild-caught seafood, and by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) for farmed fish. This makes them the largest food service provider of responsibly-produced seafood globally.

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Using smart phones to boost cotton yields
Using smart phones to boost cotton yields

Thanks to the Cotton Doctor app, with a simple click of a phone, farmers can feed in the time and duration they wants their cotton saplings to be watered, automatically activating water pumps via a SIM card fixed to an automatic irrigation switch in the fields.

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IKEA comes top in international cotton ranking report 2016
IKEA comes top in international cotton ranking report

The majority of international companies using most cotton globally are failing to deliver on cotton sustainability according to new independent research by Pesticide Action Network (PAN) UK, Solidaridad and WWF.

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Comparing organic, conventional and Better Cotton
Comparing organic, conventional and Better Cotton

In a new project, WWF and IKEA will analyse and compare the environmental impact producing cotton in different ways. The project will examine impacts on soil, water and cotton farm surroundings, as well as considering socio-economic impacts in the Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Punjab areas in India.

Pilot projects for major environmental gains
Pilot projects for major environmental gains

WWF and IKEA are running a pilot project in India with the aim of delivering more environmental benefits from joint cotton projects. A total of 6,000 project farmers will be trained by a specialist team in ”Better Management Practices” in line with the Better Cotton Initiative standard system. This will include training for drip irrigation system installation in cotton fields for more efficient water use. The project will be implemented in nine of the largest cotton-growing districts in the state of Gujarat.

Water and carbon footprint is measured in the Better Cotton Initiative Project
Water and carbon footprint measured in the Better Cotton Initiative Project

WWF and IKEA are using the ”Cool farm tool” developed in collaboration with the University of Aberdeen to measure carbon and water footprints from selected cotton projects in India. The aim is to compare conventionally grown cotton with ”Better Cotton” and to highlight the potential for reducing the footprint of cotton production systems. The study will be conducted in Punjab, Maharashtra and Gujarat.

Bomull i händer, norra Argentina

Cotton and Textiles

In 2005, WWF and IKEA set out to transform cotton production and secure a sustainable future for the industry by helping farmers earn a better living and improving working conditions, as well as reducing impacts from pesticide use and saving precious water resources.

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Vy över regnskog i Sumatra, Indonesien

Forests for life

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.

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