About wood sourcing in Romania

Forest

We are committed to use wood in a responsible way. Our Forestry Standard for suppliers sets clear requirements for the wood used. This for example means that the wood must not come from forests that have been illegally harvested or harvested in Intact Natural Forests or other geographically identified High Conservation Value Forests unless FSC certified. Our requirements are followed up by own and third party audits at our suppliers and in the forests.

Any breaches against agreements on our forestry requirements, like illegally harvested wood entering our supply chain, are unacceptable. That leads to that deliveries to IKEA will be blocked and the supplier phased out from our supply chain if failing to improve.

Today, the only certification system that meets the IKEA requirements for more sustainable sources is Forest Ste­wardship Council (FSC). We are one of the biggest users of FSC certified wood in global retail and are moving forward rapidly. All wood used in our products shall meet our requirements and an increasingly bigger part of the wood – today 61 percent globally – comes from more sustainable sources, defined as recycled wood or wood from forests independently verified as responsibly managed (FSC certified). During 2017 we will achieve the goal of 100 percent wood from more sustainable sources in Romania, and our goal is to reach 100 percent globally in 2020.

Any breaches against agreements or our forestry requirements, like illegally harvested wood entering our supply chain, are unacceptable. That leads to that deliveries to IKEA will be blocked and the supplier phased out from our supply chain if failing to improve.

About our Romanian supply chain

Regarding the use of big logs for board production: apart from dimensions of the log, quality is an important factor. If big logs are of bad quality they cannot be used for solid wood furniture production and might suit better for board production. The very nature of board production and the price level in that industry ensures that no high-quality wood is used for particle board.

Some of our suppliers has used Holzindustrie Schweighofer as a sub-supplier for board material and low volumes of solid wood earlier. We started to phase out Holzindustrie Schweighofer as a sub-supplier after findings about wood-sourcing issues in 2015. After their FSC certification was suspended last summer no raw material from Holzindustrie Schweighofer is allowed in our supply chain.