IKEA Canada Limited Partnership
IKEA Canada employees remodeling rooms for high-risk pregnancies at Mount Sinai Hospital   (Photo credit: Graphics and New Media)

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why IKEA Canada Limited Partnership was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017):

  • IKEA Canada's parent company established a 2020 sustainability strategy called "People & Planet Positive" to chart the course for the next decade -- among the strategy's many ambitious and impressive targets, the company committed to producing as much renewable energy as it consumes by 2020 and has already reached 53 percent of its total energy consumed (up from 42 percent in 2015)
  • IKEA Canada installed a total of 3,790 solar panels atop three of its Toronto-area stores as part of the Province of Ontario's Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) program -- collectively, the massive system can generate enough clean electricity to power approximately 100 homes -- the retailer's 46 megawatt wind farm in Pincher Creek, Alberta became fully operational in 2014 and is expected to produce double the total amount of energy consumption of all IKEA Canada's operations
  • IKEA Canada first conducted energy audits at its Canadian stores back in 2007 and currently monitors energy consumption at all store locations, with a long-term focus on increasing energy efficiency and ultimately utilizing 100 percent renewable energy -- the company's newest store locations are already 40 percent more energy efficient than stores built a decade ago, and the newest Halifax location will be the company's most efficient to date
An IKEA Canada employee on a windfarm trip


Industry Home Furnishings Retail
Major Canadian hiring locations Burlington ON, North York ON, Etobicoke ON, Vaughan ON, Montréal QC, Boucherville QC, Edmonton AB, Calgary AB, Coquitlam BC, Winnipeg MB, Richmond BC, Ottawa ON, Halifax NS, Kitchener ON, St Catharines ON, London ON, Québec QC, Whitby ON, Windsor ON
Full-time employees in Canada 2,070
Employee green team Sustainability Forum
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Canada Sustainability Manager
Formal strategy/policy name People & Planet Positive
Green highlights employees in Canada receive sustainability training including annual online refresher courses, the More Sustainable Life at Home Co-Worker Engagement Project (selected employees receive $500 worth of IKEA products to help live a more sustainable life -- and report back to colleagues via in-house social media), IWAY procurement strategy (addresses everything from labour standards to chemical usage to workplace discrimination), has moved to LED technology (or compatible) lighting products only, as of 2015 all home furnishing materials, including packaging, are made from recyclable or recycled materials, IKEA Canada's parent company established a goal to produce as much renewable energy as the company consumes worldwide by 2020 (impressively, the company's renewable energy production has already reached 53 percent of its total energy consumed, up from 42 percent in 2015)
Extended recycling mattress take-back program, partnered with Cascades' "closed loop" program (IKEA supplies recyclable cardboard and purchases paper towel and bath tissue made from 100 percent recycled content), light bulbs, batteries, reusable and recyclable paper pallets, conducts periodic store waste audits to identify areas for improvement
Commuter amenities online car-pool sign-up, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, walk to public transit, telecommuter workstations
In-house environmental audit yes
External environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Some of the green community initiatives Earth Hour, Tree Canada (over 24,000 trees planted by IKEA Canada employees through its "Pick-a-Tree/Plant-a-Tree" program established in 1992, program redirects money raised from Christmas tree sales for plantings), World Wildlife Foundation (Better Cotton Initiative that works to ensure sustainable cotton production), Forest Stewardship Council (as of 2015 over 50 percent of all wood used by IKEA is FSC certified)
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, rainwater collection, green roof, geothermal heating/cooling, electric vehicle charging stations, green parking spaces for customers who drive hybrid, fuel-efficient or electric vehicles, water conserving fixtures, living wall, skylights and motion sensitive lighting

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