Swedish furniture retailer IKEA is moving toward greater transparency with an industry-first global wood supply map sharing where all the wood material in IKEA products comes from and more information about why it plays such an essential role in the range.
IKEA uses wood more than any other material, and for the very first time, shares all of the 45 markets suppliers sourced wood from in FY22. By sharing this new information, IKEA aims to build greater awareness for consumers on the approach to ensuring responsible wood-sourcing practices.
“People are curious to know more about how we work. Alongside this, the world increasingly recognises the importance forests play for people and the planet. We believe greater transparency will help support the development of responsible forest management globally”, says Ulf Johansson, Global Wood Supply and Forestry Manager at Inter IKEA Group.
The map also includes new information about wood species, regions where it comes from, volumes and how IKEA works to improve forest management across markets. As an initiative to take people more behind the scenes, the map is launched with more information about how IKEA works with wood in general and why it plays a significant role in the IKEA climate and circular agenda.
“By becoming more transparent about our own wood use, we want to lead by example, as well as share our progress, the learnings, and challenges we face along the way”, says Ulf Johansson.
As a key part of IKEA’s Scandinavian design heritage, wood has always played an essential role in the range. New information about how IKEA designs and innovates with wood-based materials is also available, together with examples of finding new ways of using wood more efficiently.
“Wood is a fantastic material that is durable, renewable and recyclable and essential for our transformation towards becoming a circular business by 2030. It is very appreciated by our customers as it often allows for your own creativity, for example, with our untreated offer. Wood is also important for our IKEA design identity and strongly delivers the five dimensions of our Democratic Design”, says Fredrika Inger, Managing Director at IKEA of Sweden.
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