IKEA, a production orientated retailer / ‘Implementing the People & Planet Strategy in Textiles’
IKEA history crosses over six decades and shows how IKEA went from the woods of southern Sweden to being a major retail experience in 40 countries/territories around the world. At IKEA we are guided by our vision: “creating a better everyday life for the many people”. The IKEA business idea is to offer a wide range of home furnishings with good design and function at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them. From the beginning, IKEA has taken a different path. We have decided to side with the many. That means responding to the home furnishing needs of people around the world: people with many different needs, tastes, dreams, aspirations and wallet sizes; people who want to improve their homes and their everyday lives.
Purchasing within IKEA has always been an important contributor to realising our vision and business idea. We are constantly taking steps in how we work and grow together with our suppliers, with a common goal to optimise our value chain, resulting in better products at lower costs and at the same time . create a positive impact for both people and the environment.
We have purchasing teams located around the world and we work with suppliers in more than 50 countries. The purchasing teams finds new suppliers and evaluate and develop existing ones. Together, we ensure optimal production conditions, capacity, product quality and availability. We also actively support suppliers in their work to improve working conditions and minimize negative environmental impact.
The IKEA Category Area Textiles is constantly working to implement innovative solutions in materials and techniques and to improve our supply chain, one such example of this is our conscious sourcing of sustainable cotton. After a decade of diligent work, IKEA has succeeded in implementing 100% Cotton from More Sustainable Sources in our entire supply chain, including full traceability from customer to farm level.