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Sustainability 19 March 2021

Pia Heidenmark Cook featured in “Conversations for Tomorrow”, discussing actions needed for a more sustainable future

In the first edition of Capgemini’s new quarterly magazine “Conversations for Tomorrow”, Pia Heidenmark Cook, Chief Sustainability Officer, Ingka Group, joins a wide range of experts and leaders to talk about why sustainability means collective action, bolder leadership and smarter technologies. The theme of the first issue is sustainability, and the magazine offers critical insights to address the major societal and economic challenges of a more sustainable future.

In a discussion piece, Pia Heidenmark Cook talks to Capgemini Research Institute about embedding sustainability objectives across countries and functions, and how the right governance framework can support sustainability initiatives. She discusses the three pillars of the IKEA Sustainability Strategy – People & Planet Positive, how to meet customer expectations and how to tackle the challenges faced within the organisation.

Pia emphasises circularity as a key enabler of becoming climate positive. Ingka Group is committed to the Paris Climate Agreement and to limiting the global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees, by adopting emission targets. Becoming circular helps reduce the environmental footprint in products, raw materials and other parts of the supply chain, responsible for most of the IKEA environmental footprint. By 2030, all IKEA home furnishing products will be made of only renewable and recycled materials.

“We’ve come a long way and we’re proud of the changes we’ve implemented and the progress we’ve made – for our business, our customers and our planet. But there’s still so much more we can and will do. We have a huge responsibility – and opportunity – to be a part of tackling the climate crisis. But we can’t do it alone. Governments must step up and make a difference. Brands and companies like us, have to take a stand for the things we care about. And as individuals we have the power to contribute to real change in our daily lives. That’s why I’m really happy to be part of this magazine, and together with great experts and leaders from corporates, none-profits, governments, innovators and academia share our perspectives on what we can all do in our respective areas to contribute to a more sustainable future”, says Pia Heidenmark Cook, Chief Sustainability Officer, Ingka Group. 

The full magazine, including discussions with Pia, an article by Frans Timmermans, the European Commission’s executive vice president of the European Green Deal, and many more can be found here.

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