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Taking care of the biggest Meeting Place we all share

The vision we share with IKEA is to create a better everyday life for most people. We believe that everyday life is really better when it is lived sustainably. We want to do our part and make our contribution through our Meeting Places, and have a positive impact on people, communities and our planet. For that, we have to find a balance between economic growth and positive social impact and environmental protection and renewal.

It means always thinking long-term in order to be able to meet people's current needs, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Our planet is our biggest meeting place, shared by everyone. It is the place where we meet our friends, our families and the communities around us. And this place needs us now more than ever.

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Our Strategy: Positive People, Positive Planet  

We identified three major challenges that impact the planet and our business:
  • Climate change: no longer a distant threat to being a visible reality. We are convinced that climate change is one of the greatest challenges that humanity has to face.
  • Unsustainable consumption: by 2030, around 500 billion people will join the middle class. In a world that is already using more resources than is sustainable, this new customer segment is putting even more pressure on the planet.
  • Inequality: every year, a large number of people rise above the poverty line. However, there are still many struggling people living on very low incomes. Gender equality is far from being a reality and many people still do not enjoy basic rights and equal opportunities.

In response to these three challenges, we have identified three areas of focus that will help us realize our vision and have a positive impact on people and the planet:

  • Inspire and enable healthy and sustainable lives
  • Making the ecological footprint of our operations climate positive
  • Be more fair and inclusive

Inspire and enable healthy and sustainable lives

We will provide different services and experiences through our Meeting Places, which inspire and allow millions of people to live a better, more sustainable, healthier and happier life. All within the limits of our planet. Together with our tenants and partners, we want healthy and sustainable living to become a desirable choice and to be attractive and accessible to as many people as possible.

Learn more about our initiatives and sustainable services here.

Making the ecological footprint of our operations climate positive

We will contribute to a low carbon society by striving to achieve zero waste and make the ecological footprint of our operations climate positive. Our Meeting Places must be examples of sustainability through their efficient, innovative and ingenious design and operations. Each new Meeting Place must be located, designed, equipped and managed to be as sustainable as possible in the local context.

Be more fair and inclusive

We want to function as Meeting Places that attract the community. We will be a partner in responding to local needs and opportunities, contributing to the joint growth of our business and the local community.

We strive to be inclusive and respect differences. By providing decent and purposeful jobs, and by contributing to positive change in the communities in which we are present, we can help create a more just and equitable society.