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Becoming people & planet positive

The IKEA sustainability strategy

The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people, and we believe those lives are truly better when they’re lived sustainably. For us, it’s about balancing economic growth and positive social impact with environmental protection and renewal. So, our mission overall is to meet the needs of people today without compromising the needs of future generations.

This means rethinking and inspiring changes in lifestyle and consumption, as well as adopting new ways of working. Because the more people we reach, the bigger impact we have in helping the many create a better everyday life.

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People & Planet Positive

To make a positive impact on the planet, we have identified three major challenges impacting our business:

Climate change: No longer a distant threat, but a visible reality, we believe that the climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing humanity.

Unsustainable consumption: By 2030, nearly half a billion people will move into the middle class. In a world already using more resources than what is sustainable, this new segment of customers puts an even greater pressure on the planet.

Inequality: Every year, large numbers of people move out of poverty. At the same time, many are still struggling on very low incomes. Gender equality is far from a reality, and many people are still denied basic rights and equal opportunities.

As a response to these three challenges, we’ve identified three corresponding focus areas to help us fulfil the IKEA vision and become people and planet positive:

  • healthy and sustainable living
  • circular and climate positive
  • fair and inclusive
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Healthy and sustainable living

Our homes and the way we live have a huge impact on the planet, our health and our wellbeing. Like most people, our customers want to enjoy a decent quality of life without negatively impacting the environment – but not at the expense of price, quality or convenience.

Sustainability can’t be a luxury for the few. We know our customers want IKEA to help make living a more sustainable life affordable, attractive and accessible. By promoting sustainable home furnishing and food products, services, life-at-home knowledge and inspiration, we can make healthier and more sustainable living possible for the many people. To achieve this, we actively listen to people in each of our markets and work together with others to create meaningful connections and experiences.

By 2030 our ambition is to inspire and enable more than 1 billion people to live a better everyday life within the limits of the planet.

In FY18, we:

  • got input from 14,000 people around climate change to help us inspire more everyday climate action
  • sold products worth EUR 2.1 billion that enable customers to save water and energy and reduce waste
  • increased the number of home solar customers by 230%
  • trialled a take-back service in IKEA Japan. Customers can exchange furniture that’s in good condition but no longer needed, for a store voucher. The furniture is then refurbished and resold at a reduced price. So far, over 3,400 items have been exchanged
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Circular and climate positive

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