For us, the issue of water scarcity hits close to home. More than 40% of IKEA store visitors live in water scarce regions. That’s over 380 million people. All in all, we have at least 142 of our stores in highly water-stressed areas.
Where to from here?
We have an ambitious goal to become water positive by 2030, by being good water stewards and helping to increase the availability of clean water in our own operations and our supply chain. We’re constantly working to use water as efficiently as possible, and to ensure that the water we discharge is at least as clean as when it was extracted.
There is a common approach to water stewardship throughout the IKEA business, guided by the Water Working Group, with leaders from across the business. WWF also partners with us on specific projects, and have helped guide our approach to water stewardship.