|Category: Brand Ratings -> Retailers -> Ikea|
Number of Stores: 330
Sales: $28.80 billion
Greenopia Environment Achievement:
Ikea has over 300 stores across the globe and does over $28 billion in annual sales.
Simply put, Ikea has done a lot. Ikea takes great care to make sure its products are free of banned substances and made in a responsible manner. Ikea has also gone to great lengths to work with its suppliers that products are made in an eco-friendly way. Ikea offers a comprehensive take-back program for packaging, batteries, CFLs, and other items and all new stores are built using USGBC guidelines. Almost half of Ikea’s energy comes from renewable sources and it transports its products using efficient means.
There is really not too much to be critical of here. Ikea has done several great things and we would just like to see them continue to lead in the green marketplace. We would like to see them address green building design a little more aggressively. Another thing I would like to see are more products made from eco-friendly materials beyond just considering toxicity (i.e. more of a life cycle approach).
Ikea shows the way a large chain can be green and profitable at the same time. You can’t get much greener than Ikea in the retail world.