How much wood from Estonia did IKEA use?
We require that suppliers use Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified or recycled wood in our home furnishing products. All information presented here is valid for Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) with a reporting period from 1 September 2021 to 31 August 2022 and, unless otherwise specified, applies to virgin wood used in IKEA home furnishing products (excluding paper).
Amount of virgin wood used roundwood equivalent (RWE): 142,347 m3
Contribution to total IKEA virgin wood used for home furnishing products: 1%
Approximate proportion of Estonia’s total harvest used by IKEA suppliers: 1%
Approximate proportion of Estonia’s forests that are FSC-certified: 51%
Years in IKEA supply chain: 20+
Regions and types of forests
In FY22, virgin wood of Estonian origin used in IKEA products mainly came from actively managed boreal forests and temperate forests across the entire market.
In Estonia, a mix of different wood species was sourced by sub-suppliers to produce engineered composite wood-based material for IKEA home furnishing products. In FY22, the top species sourced from Estonia for solid wood applications were birch and pine.
In FY22, to help support the rights and needs of private forest owners and increase the share of FSC-certified forest, the IKEA business hosted a meeting in Estonia, together with representatives from FSC, for small forest owners from the Baltic countries and Czech Republic. For many years, we have supported small independent forest owners in Europe to become more sustainable and achieve FSC certification. Because these forestry markets are scattered and fragmented, this has been a challenge. The support we offer is financial but primarily organisational, bringing many forest owners together around reducing costs and FSC certification. Group certification is one of the easiest and the most cost-efficient ways for these private forest owners to achieve FSC certification. This is especially important for small forest owners. Another benefit of group FSC certification is knowledge-sharing among forest owners.