Tall trees, branches, logs and moss-covered stones in a forest.

Being 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. In 2020, the IKEA business reached our goal in securing that our wood is from more sustainable sources which currently includes FSC®-certified or recycled wood*.

As pressure on the world’s forests continues to grow, the newly launched IKEA Forest Positive Agenda for 2030 will ramp up our efforts towards improving forest management and enhancing biodiversity globally. The new agenda will focus on three key areas to protect and support forest resources for generations to come:

1. Make responsible forest management the norm across the world, going beyond the wood sourced for the IKEA business.

  • Lead projects and collaborate with others to enhance biodiversity and support the rights and needs of people who depend on forests across the whole wood supply chain.
  • Continue to only use wood from more sustainable sources certified by the most credible, global third party certification systems.
 

2. Halt deforestation and reforest degraded landscapes.

  • Identify and secure that all raw materials sourced through our supply chain are not contributing to deforestation or the conversion of natural ecosystems, at latest by 2030. All wood used in IKEA products is sourced from responsibly managed forests which do not contribute to deforestation.
  • Invest in forestry and other land use activities to remove and store carbon and support the restoration of degraded land.
 

3. Drive innovation to use wood in smarter ways.

  • Continue to drive innovation around our wood use to ensure that all material is used efficiently and that carbon is stored for as long as possible. We will work to design all products from the very beginning to be reused, refurbished, remanufactured, and eventually recycled.
  • Secure that at least one third of the IKEA wood range will be made from recycled wood by 2030.

Joining forces for the forest

Sourcing from approximately 50 countries, our business has 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 the World Wide Fund for Nature (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.

Forest Stewardship Council® logo and World Wildlife Fund® logo.

Together with global partners, we will continue to make responsible wood sourcing the industry norm, contributing to building resilient forest landscapes and improve biodiversity.

A man is inspecting seedlings. He is feeling them with his hand.
Mikhail Tarasov, Global Forestry Manager at Inter IKEA Group, inspecting seedlings

Helping more businesses to become forest positive

We also work to advocate and engage others towards responsible forest management practices, so more business owners and forest owners can join forces and realise the benefits.

This is especially important among small forest holders who are valued and essential producers 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 Vietnam to improve the practices of smallholders. We’ll now use what we learnt to spread the FSC certification to more smallholders in Asia.

*At the end of FY20 more than 98% of the wood used for IKEA products is either FSC-certified or recycled. 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.

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. We call on other businesses to be a part of this crucial transformation.