A young red-haired girl holds up a red maple leaf in front of her face.

Becoming forest positive

Wood is a fantastic material. It’s renewable, recyclable, durable, long-lasting and ages beautifully. As a large user of wood , we have a responsibility and an opportunity to positively influence how wood is sourced. At the end of 2019, approximately 97% of the wood we use are from more sustainable sources*, and our goal is to reach 100% by 2020.

Joining forces for the forest

Sourcing from over 50 countries, our business can have a significant impact on the world’s forests and the timber industry. That’s why we place responsible forest management at the core of our business requiring all IKEA wood suppliers to comply with our forestry requirements.

We work with global partners including WWF and Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) to fight forest degradation and deforestation and promote the importance of responsible forest management beyond our own value chain. Together, we want to make responsible wood sourcing the industry norm. For example, together with our partner WWF we have helped certify around 35 million hectares of forest, which is roughly the size of Germany!

We are also one of the founding members of the FSC. The FSC standard sets rules which outline how to achieve responsible forest management. FSC makes sure harvested trees are replaced, it helps to protect sensitive animal and plant life, stimulates economic development, and protects the rights of the people who work and live in the forests.

Together with global partners, we want to make responsible wood sourcing the industry norm.

Sunshine barely filters down a dense, green forest of birch trees.

Helping more businesses to become forest friendly

We also work to spread the word about responsible forest management and FSC certification, so more business owners and forest owners see the benefits and join forces.

This is especially important among small forest holders who are a vital source of the many types of wood and other materials the IKEA business uses, such as bamboo and rattan.

For example, we’ve partnered with WWF in Thailand and Rainforest Alliance in Indonesia to improve the practices of smallholder farmers. We’ll now use what we learnt to spread the FSC certification to more smallholders in Asia.

*Recycled and FSC certified wood.

WWF and the IKEA business are committed to making responsible forest management the norm across the forest sector. By managing and protecting forests, tackling threats such as forest degradation, supporting laws that combat illegal trade in timber, and helping people buy and use wood wisely, our aim is to ensure forests and the people that depend on them, have a healthy future. To learn more about the 17 year partnership, read our latest report.