Ikea (temporarily?) loses its FSC label

Ikea (temporarily?) loses its FSC label

Furniture giant Ikea has used wood that does not adhere to the Forest Stewardship Council guidelines. The chain now risks losing the FSC label, although the Swedes claim the problems are only temporary.

FSC label suspended

The Forest Stewardship Council, who keeps a check on the sustainable use of wood all around the world, say Ikea's wood cutting subsidiary Swedwood has made grave errors when cutting trees in Russian Karelia. It has now temporarily suspended Ikea’s FSC label, although Ikea denies the charge is about “cutting down 600 year-old trees” as certain media suggested earlier.

 

It is unclear whether Ikea will completely lose the right to use the label, but the Swedish furniture chain believes it will only be a temporary measure and has recently stated it will no longer cut trees in the Russian region of Karelia, the region where the FSC breaches were taking place, anyway. Up until then, Karelia was one of the most active tree-cutting areas for Ikea.

 

Ikea: "We take our responsibility very seriously”

Ikea has issued a statement to make it clear that the suspension of the FSC label has nothing to do with cutting down old trees, what the media had suggested, but that there are deviations in forestry, manuals and employee equipment.

 

 “Ikea is doing its best to remedy these deviations and considers the suspension of the FSC certification to be temporary. The company takes its responsibility for the forests and its employees very seriously”, communication manager Steven De Smet said. “Karelia is a valuable natural region and that is how we look at it as well. 22 % of the forest has been identified as a region which has to be preserved and we do not cut any trees in these areas.”

Questions or comments? Please feel free to contact the editors


Two possible locations left for Ikea in West Flanders

25/07/2017

Swedish furniture chain Ikea has identified two possible locations for a new store in West Flanders: the Ring Shopping Kortrijk Noord and Ter Biest in Wevelgem.

Another turnover growth for Beter Bed

14/07/2017

Beter Bed Holding’s second quarter turnover grew to 94.6 million euro, up 5.3 % compared to last year. Even if the Sängjätten acquisition is excluded, the company still posted nice growth numbers.

Danish designer brand Bolia opens store in Ghent

26/06/2017

A new Scandinavian design brand will venture into Belgium: Danish Bolia opened its first Belgian store on 22 June in a very special location: the “Wolweverskapel” (the wool weaver’s chapel) in the Kortedagsteeg in Gent. 

Apple and Ikea into augmented reality together

23/06/2017

Technology company Apple and furniture store chain Ikea are collaborating on augmented reality that should be revealed in the fall. The app should give customers the opportunity to see how their purchase fits their own interior.

Ikea wants to sell through third party online platforms

08/06/2017

Swedish furniture chain Ikea wants to launch a pilot program next year, which would bring the chain’s products to third-party web shops like Amazon or Alibaba.

Ikea jokes about other uses for its famous blue bag

02/06/2017

Ikea Dubai released a limited edition of its famous blue Frakta bag. This one includes instructions about how to use the bag in other ways.

Back to top