• 01-SEP-2017

Our view on social conditions in the IKEA Transport Supply Chain

IKEA warehouse

IKEA Transport believes in good and fair working conditions for all drivers transporting IKEA products. Now IKEA Transport will take the next step to deeper embed sustainability into the IKEA Transport Supply Chain by introducing minimum standards for transport sub-suppliers engaged in outsourced transportation through a new Sub-Contracting Chain Management Programme.

The transport industry, mainly in the EU, has gone through structural changes over the last 10 years. Competition has increased and sub-contracting and complex cross-border chains are common. There is a trend towards outsourcing transport to Eastern European sub-carriers. EU legislation applying to these areas is not always clear.

IKEA started to work with its Supplier Code of Conduct, IWAY, in Transport in 2005. IKEA Transport is constantly trying to improve the situation to secure good and fair working conditions for drivers transporting IKEA goods.

Social conditions in the Transport Supply Chain

IKEA Transport believes that every driver has the right to enjoy good and fair working conditions. At the same time, we recognize that there are challenges in the transport industry, and while IKEA Transport cannot solve them by their own, it is our strong belief that we can positively influence the working conditions with the transportation industry.

IKEA Transport Sub-Contracting Chain Management Programme

The IKEA IWAY process commits all IKEA Transport’s suppliers, with whom we have a frame agreement, to comply with clear requirements on working and social conditions, health & safety and the environment.

As of 1st September 2017, IKEA Transport will take the next step in embedding sustainability deeper into the IKEA Transport Supply Chain by introducing minimum standards for transport sub-suppliers engaged in outsourced transportation through a new Sub-Contracting Chain Management Programme (SCCM).

SCCM involves minimum requirements based on the existing IWAY standard and compliance with EU transport legislation for sub-contracted transport of IKEA goods. This programme will start on the 1st September 2017 with a number of European transport service providers who outsource large proportions of IKEA international transport within the European Union. The SCCM programme will be launched with the rest of our European transport service providers during 2018.

IKEA Transport to meet with the International Transport Federation

IKEA Transport knows that solving challenges in the transport industry requires cooperation from several parties and stakeholders and therefore we are seeking dialogue with various stakeholders of the transport industry, such as law makers, experts, transport service providers, contractors and the International Transport Federation (ITF).

On Friday, 1st September 2017, Klas Ekman, Global Transport Manager; Elisabeth Munck, Sustainability Manager, Global Transport and Alenka Rosenqvist, Co-worker Relations Manager Inter IKEA Group, met with ITF members to continue the dialogue on how to work together to improve working conditions for drivers in the transport industry as a whole.

Even though the drivers who transport the IKEA goods are not employed by IKEA Transport, it is very important for IKEA that they enjoy good and fair working conditions. This is our foundation that applies to all of the more than 600 000 people who work in IKEA's supply chain worldwide.