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IKEA Canada Limited Partnership
IKEA Canada co-workers on the store floor  

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers

Here are some of the reasons why IKEA Canada Limited Partnership was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2018):

  • 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 goal are a zero waste to landfill goal and a commitment to producing as much renewable energy as it consumes by 2020, already reaching 71 percent of its total energy consumed worldwide today (up from 53 percent in 2015)
  • IKEA Canada has 3,790 solar panels atop three of its Toronto-area stores as part of the Province of Ontario's Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) program (with more planned for Ottawa and Burlington) -- collectively, the existing 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 the company has recently followed-up with the purchase of an 88 megawatt wind farm in Drumheller, Alberta, which together can produce four-times the energy consumed by IKEA Canada across the country
IKEA Canada employees planting trees  

Highlights

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 2,213
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 (select 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), 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, follows an in-house "Product Sustainability Scorecard" to develop more sustainable products, IKEA Canada's parent company established a goal to produce as much renewable energy as the company consumes worldwide by 2020 (in Canada the company already owns the capacity to produce more than four times the energy consumed)
Extended recycling mattress take-back program at all stores, partners with Cascades' "closed loop" program (IKEA supplies recyclable cardboard and purchases paper towel and bath tissue made from 100% recycled content), light bulbs, batteries, textiles, 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 48,000 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 which works to ensure sustainable cotton production), The Earth Group (retail partnership to sell water bottles that are recyclable and biodegradable, with revenues directed to support children's education and hunger initiatives), Forest Stewardship Council (as of 2016, over 61% of all wood used by IKEA is FSC certified, with the goal of 100% by 2020)
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, parking for Modo shared-use vehicle services at the Richmond location, water conserving fixtures, living wall, skylights and motion sensitive lighting

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