IKEA releases report on activities tackling global challenges - climate change, unsustainable consumption and inequalities
9 March 2020
  • Sustainable Lifestyles and Education
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The FY19 Sustainability Report shows that in 2019 IKEA decreased the climate footprint of its value chain while maintaining business growth. The report outlines progress from across the IKEA value chain and franchise system against the People & Planet Positive strategy. 

Inter IKEA Group is a MAC member of the One Planet network Sustainable Lifestyles and Education programme’s Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Committee. The mission of the Sustainable Lifestyles and Education programme is to foster the uptake of sustainable lifestyles as the common norm, with the objective of ensuring their positive contribution to addressing global challenges, such as resource efficiency and biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation and adaptation, poverty eradication and social well-being.

The IKEA People & Planet Positive sustainability strategy outlines ambitions and commitments, creating a common agenda leading together towards 2030. Each part of the IKEA business sets goals, targets and road maps to deliver on the strategy and to allow for locally tailored and relevant activities. The IKEA sustainability strategy was launched in 2012 with ambitious goals around 3 focus areas:

  • Healthy and sustainable living
  • Circular and climate positive
  • Fair and equal

The new sustainability report, released on 27 February 2020, describes how the IKEA business tackles global challenges such as climate change, unsustainable consumption and inequalities. 

  Highlights from the report:

  • Break in the trend – the first year in which the climate footprint has decreased, while maintaining business growth. This was driven by a large increase of renewable energy in the production of IKEA products plus significant increases in energy efficiency of the lighting and appliances range. 

  • 91% of the wood used for IKEA products is now from more sustainable sources – defined as FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®) or recycled wood 

  • 80% of the IKEA home furnishing range assessed against the IKEA circular design principles 

  • Testing new ways of product ownership and refurbishing in four countries 

  • Using more recycled materials – 59% of polyester used in textile products is recycled, on the way to goal 100% by end of 2020 

  • Collections where materials have been sourced to clean plastic waste from oceans and contributing to reduce air pollution

  • Making renewable energy affordable for more people through IKEA Home Solar in seven retail markets

  • Testing sustainable biofuel for container vessels transporting IKEA products – a collaboration with many partners 

  • More plant-based food –  a version of the iconic IKEA meatball, made from plant based alternative protein, to be launched in August 2020 

  • As from January 2020, all single use plastic home furnishing products taken out of range 


After the end of 2019, the decision was made to invest 200 million euros to further speed up the transformation to become climate positive


The full IKEA Sustainability Report FY19 can be downloaded here.

Read more about Sustainable Lifestyles and Education programme: https://www.oneplanetnetwork.org/sustainable-lifestyles-and-education

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  • Sustainable Lifestyles and Education
Circularity, Climate Change, Consumer goods, Lifecycle, Lifestyles, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Value chain