Investing in the future
Ingka Investments is the investment arm of Ingka Group. The IKEA vision guides us as we lead home furnishing retail into the future. To secure Ingka Group’s long-term growth, we make responsible investments in people and businesses that make a positive difference to people and planet.
We share the knowledge we gain from our investment collaborations with IKEA Retail to support our business development.
Our diverse portfolio is mainly invested in securities with low-risk profiles with the following themes:
01. Secure liquidity for the business
Our treasury asset management investments make sure that a part of our liquidity is invested in assets that can be easily liquidated to support IKEA Retail and Ingka Centres. This includes bonds, listed shares and alternative investments.
02. Business development and digitalisation
These investments support development opportunities that benefit IKEA Retail. We focus on companies that can help us to:
- enhance our home furnishing offer and inspire customers.
- develop new applications of technology.
- improve the shopping experience, e.g., improved payment solutions.
- increase knowledge of our customers and the market.
- secure speed, quality and capacity in services, e.g., in transportation and last-mile delivery.
- convert visitors into customers by using new technologies that make it easier and more attractive for visitors to navigate stores.
A recent digitalisation investment is TaskRabbit – an online service that provides help to customers assembling their IKEA furniture.
03. Renewable Energy
Our goal is to produce as much energy as we consume in our IKEA Retail and Ingka Centres operations. We’ll do this by continuing to invest in wind and solar energy solutions. Today, we own and operate 441 wind turbines across Europe and the USA. We’ve also invested in around 900,000 rooftop solar panels on our stores, distribution centres and other buildings worldwide. We currently produce renewable energy equivalent to 81% of the energy we use across our operations. So we’re off to a good start, but we’ve still got a way to go.
04. Circular Economy
Moving to the circular economy is essential if we are to continue to meet people’s needs and dreams while staying within the limits of our planet.
We want to be part of accelerating this transition – through the investments we make, by changing waste into resources across our operations and enabling millions of people to live a more sustainable life at home.
We invest in innovative companies that support Ingka Group to grow supply of circular resources. One of the companies we’ve partnered with is Morssinkhof rymoplast.
One of our largest indirect resource needs is wood. We love wood because it’s beautiful, durable, renewable and recyclable. As we use a lot of wood in our retail operations, we’ve got the opportunity to make a real difference when it comes to forestry. And we’re well on our way to reaching our goal of using 100% sustainably sourced wood (MSS). We reached this goal in high-risk countries in 2017.
Currently, we own and manage around 180,000 hectares of responsibly managed forest in the Baltic states, Romania and the USA.
Our aim is to be a leader in responsible forestry management, and we are continuously getting closer to our goal, through our investments in responsibly managed forestland.
Partner with us
We are always searching for businesses to invest in and collaborate with, especially ones that are developing new business models and innovations and that share our values and our ambition to have a positive impact on people and planet.
Do you believe your business might be interesting for us to invest in?
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