IKEA uses relatively small quantities of palm oil, mainly in candles but also as a food ingredient. We are committed to ensuring that the palm oil we use is grown and processed in a responsible way. IKEA supports the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and source approximately 97% RSPO certified sustainable palm oil from segregated sources. Our goal is 100%.
A complex raw material
Producing palm oil is often associated with environmental damage such as deforestation and biodiversity loss, and social concerns including poor labour rights and dangerous working conditions. But IKEA believes that palm oil has the potential to be a sustainable raw material. It is one of the most productive vegetable oils and can have a positive impact on livelihoods when grown responsibly.
“Many smallholders are today fully dependent on the income from their palm oil plantation. At the same time the severe environmental impact is evident when sustainability practices are not followed,” says Lena Pripp-Kovac, Head of Sustainability Range & Supply at IKEA of Sweden.
Collaboration to ensure positive impact
As a relatively small industry user of palm oil, IKEA promotes a collaborative approach to ensure the greatest positive impact. IKEA is an active member of RSPO, a multi-stakeholder organization whose mission is to make sustainable palm oil the norm. We believe that RSPO certification is currently the best platform available to achieve sector level change in the palm oil industry.
As of 2015, 97% of our palm oil is certified sustainable palm oil from segregated RSPO sources. Thus, palm oil is physically separated from non-sustainable oil during the whole supply chain from mill to manufacturing of the final product.
Taking it one step further
The IKEA palm oil sourcing strategy includes two additional criteria that go beyond RSPO requirements. Firstly, by December 2017 all our suppliers must ensure that the palm oil used in IKEA products does not contribute to destruction of high value forests. Secondly, no palm oil used in IKEA products can come from plantations that have been newly developed on peat, since peat wetlands are important carbon stores with high biodiversity value.
“Whilst we are supportive of RSPO, we also believe that the requirements could be strengthened, particularly around the issue of deforestation. That is why we have added these criteria,” says Lena Pripp-Kovac.
- IKEA uses approximately 48,000 tonnes of palm oil annually. About 94% of the total volume is used in home furnishing products, mainly in candles. Around 6% can be referred to food.
- As of 2015, all palm oil used in our home furnishing products such as candles is certified sustainable palm oil from segregated RSPO sources. In total we use approximately 97% RSPO certified sustainable palm oil from segregated sources. Our goal is 100%.
- The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is a multi-stakeholder organization whose mission is to advance the production, procurement, finance and use of sustainable palm oil products. IKEA is an active member of RSPO.
- Until we have reached 100% certified segregated palm oil, we buy GreenPalmcertificates for the volume not secured as segregated. Buying GreenPalmcertificates supports sustainable palm oil production.