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IKEA Group releases 2011 sustainability report


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Progress on Sustainability at IKEA

The 2011 IKEA Sustainability Report, released today, outlines the sustainability work carried out on a global level by the IKEA Group during FY 2011*, including key performance indicators to show results against targets. The report is available at:

IKEA has a long history of working with sustainability, focusing on creating more from less, striving for the highest ethical standards and being a good partner in society. IKEA is a founding member of both the Forest Stewardship Council and the Better Cotton Initiative, and has maintained successful partnerships with UNICEF, Save the Children and WWF for a decade or more. The IKEA code of conduct for suppliers, IWAY, was launched in 2000 - to date, more than 165,000 environmental and social improvements have been recorded, making a difference to people's lives and the environment around the world. Sustainability is part of IKEA culture and value base, and is integrated in every part of our business.

Highlights from the 2011 Sustainability Report:
  IKEA made major investments in renewable energy, focusing on wind and solar power, moving towards its long-term goal of using 100% renewable energy. More than half of the energy needed to power IKEA buildings now comes from renewable sources.

  Energy efficiency across all IKEA stores improved by an additional 4%, mainly through store equipment improvements. This helped IKEA save 6.2 million euro during FY11, demonstrating how sustainability improvements can deliver strong business benefits. We also enable customers to save energy in their homes. During FY11, we sold 168,000 energy efficient induction hobs, nearly half of all kitchen hobs sold at IKEA.

  The share of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood in the IKEA range increased to 16.2%, bringing the total use of FSC-certified wood to 2.2 million cubic metres, equivalent to 55,000 fully loaded timber trucks. We have also set a new, ambitious goal to increase the share of preferred wood to 50 percent by the end of FY17 - a fivefold volume increase to 10 million cubic metres. IKEA works with WWF and the FSC towards the long-term goal of sourcing all of IKEA wood from responsibly-managed forests that are independently verified.

  The share of more sustainable cotton in the IKEA range increased significantly - up to    50,000 tonnes, representing 23.8% of total cotton use at IKEA. IKEA works with WWF and other partners to help cotton farmers in India, Pakistan, China and Turkey to introduce more sustainable cultivation methods. More than 100,000 farmers now use techniques that significantly reduce the need for chemical pesticides, fertilisers and water. This contributes to significant cost reductions and better earnings for farmers.

  Total donations from the IKEA Foundation increased to 65 million euro in 2011. Currently funded programmes, run by expert partners such as UNICEF and Save the Children, will benefit an estimated 100 million children.

"The IKEA approach to sustainability - How we manage sustainability in our business" is a supplement description of how IKEA works with sustainability. Both documents are available on on each country site (under About IKEA, People & the Environment).

*The fiscal year (FY) 2011 of IKEA runs from September 1 2010 to August 31 2011.

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