- Only come from forests that have been legally harvested.
- Not come from forestry operations engaged in forest-related social conflicts.
- Not be harvested in geographically identified intact natural forests (INF) or high conservation value forests, unless they are certified as responsibly managed and there is an approval from IKEA.
- As an initial measure, IKEA requires suppliers to annually submit their wood procurement plans, which helps to identify and proactively mitigate any potential risks. The first safeguard put in place is through our suppliers who must put procedures in place to implement our requirements throughout their supply chains.
- The second safeguard is managed through our specialist, global Wood Supply & Forestry team, who perform approximately 200 global audits annually. The purpose of these audits is to verify the compliance of the wood entering our supply chain against IKEA requirements.
- As a third safeguard, we request random and targeted third party audits to verify compliance. IKEA adopts a risk-based approach which means a higher amount of audits are performed in high risk countries than in low risk countries.
- FSC is an additional safeguard auditing all links in all of our supply chain annually.
IKEA always strives for long-term cooperation and partnership with our suppliers. We build our business relations on shared values and place high trust in them. However, under no circumstance do we accept wood that does not meet our critical requirements. If we discover irregularities, we take immediate action.
Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC)
IKEA was one of the founders of FSC in 1994, which spearheaded the effort to bring key stakeholders together from around the world to improve forest management on a global and national level.
At IKEA, we believe FSC is currently the most credible global forest certification available as it covers far more than just logging practices. FSC forest certification also accounts for the social and economic well-being of workers and local communities depending on the forest, environmental matters, transparency and inclusion in decision-making. It continuously aims to ensure a balanced, equal cooperation between social, environmental and economic stakeholders. The chain of custody system ensures that the wood meets the requirements of the certification from the forest to the final product.
IKEA works in collaboration with FSC and other stakeholders to constantly improve and develop the system to make it relevant for all.
At IKEA, we believe we can accomplish more by working together with others than by working alone. For many years, we have been committed to working together with different stakeholders to protect and strengthen the world’s forests.
Our eighteen year forest partnership with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is one example. Covering approximately nineteen countries over the years, the partnership has been instrumental in increasing transparency across supply chains to fight illegal logging. Together, WWF and IKEA take action to promote responsible forest management of forests and landscapes, to lead by example, demonstrating that it is possible to produce efficiently at scale, while conserving nature, enhancing biodiversity and fairly benefiting local communities. For the latest information please visit our partnership site.
For more information on other partnership work, please review the Forestry section of the latest IKEA sustainability report.
*We consider a goal to be fully reached when we achieve more than 98% fulfilment overall. Due to disruptions or new suppliers/business partners, we cannot guarantee a 100% fulfilment at every given point in time.