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IKEA Publishes its Sustainability Report 2009


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IKEA has published its Sustainability Report 2009 at:

The 74-page document looks at the steps IKEA took last year to reinforce its efforts to fight climate change, including a decision to equip 150 of its stores and distribution centres with solar panels. The panels, which will be fitted in eight countries, will provide 10-25 per cent of each building's electricity needs.

The home furnishings and accessories company has also expanded its co-operation with WWF to become involved in four new climate projects that will help customers become more 'climate smart' and will address, among other things, raw materials extraction and recycling of IKEA products at the end of their life-cycle.

On the social front, the report also outlines IKEA Social Initiative's work on children's rights and details its support for programmes that will benefit more than 100 million children.

One major commitment in this field are its backing of child rights programmes run by UNICEF and Save the Children that will help educate 10 million children in more than 15,000 villages in cotton producing areas in India and Pakistan.

There is also information on its co-operation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to empower 50,000 women in Uttar Pradesh, India to become leaders, role models and entrepreneurs.

An interesting feature of this year's report is a 'never ending list' of improvements that have been done on the sustainability front. The list is updated annually in the report and updated more regularly on the company's website.

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