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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: In a world already using more resources than what is sustainable, unsustainable consumption puts an even greater pressure on the planet.

Inequality: As people move out of poverty, 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 1 billion people to live a better everyday life within the limits of the planet.

In FY20, we:

  • increased communications on sustainability across our stores, shopping centres and websites to inspire customers and highlight products in ranges that can help save energy and water, reduce waste and live a healthier life at home
  • tested solutions to encourage circular consumption such as Furniture as a Service in six markets, buy-back schemes for second-hand IKEA furniture and our spare parts service
  • phased out all single-use plastic items offered in customer and co-worker restaurants, bistros and cafés within our target, except for disposable cups for hot drinks where a thin plastic coating for safety reasons is still used. We keep working for another solution during FY21
  • enabled customers in 11 markets to use and generate renewable energy with our clean energy services such as solar panel and battery storage systems
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Circular and climate positive

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Fair and inclusive